And quite a few new and familiar faces turned up. John Curtis, Will, Trevor piano, Trevor harp and Vlad (guitar) amongst them, to see what the fuss was about – and we ended up with 24 musos getting up to play, the Captain’s stress levels rising accordingly, and another good audience.
After an opening session of instrumentals, featured singer Annie got up and sang a coupla fine sets, ably backed by Dave Taylor on double bass, and the full complement of six saxophones (Lawrie, Jeff, The Captain, Folker, Will and Keef)
Ivan took over double bass duties for a while. Marg, Rod Bette and Peter arrived early enough to score the pound seats and Diane (jazz widow sans pareil) sat comfortably on the sofa. Jesse the Boss at the bar opined that the Jammers should play every Sunday as a regular thing.
More locals wandered in, having heard of the jam session from the previous week and No 1 audience member Naoki set up his new Gopro to record the event. On the subject of films, Caren showed her completed short film to a select few – it is hopefully going to appear in a future newsletter. Hirsh esq. turned up as well as young Alan Richards and Bill, so there was a good complement of drummers to drive the rhythm section along. Hornby took over the piano, and Trevor and Lisette both played as well., – and Neil torched a couple more guitar solos, before Gentleman John Curtis switched from piano to guitar.
Highlights: Annie sang with considerable aplomb, Katerina likewise, but the surprise of the afternoon was Carol, “have you sung jazz before?” – “only for about thirty years” and Debbie who has definitely developed into a fine singer herself (Bridget Allen is to blame for that one). Deb casually announced that she would be support singer at a Paris Cat gig – I will get the details soon.
More sessions: Jesse the Boss and Dave the other Boss both said they would like to see the Jam become a regular weekly feature. Jesse even sang Superstition towards the end.
Audience: The MJJ entertainometer remained off the dial most of the arvo.
Next week: Sevil Sabah will be the featured singer, with Doug Kuhn on double bass and Piers back as well. Lawrie will possibly play Comin’ Home Baby for the fifth week in a row, but there again, he might not. Jeff will solo with ever increasing sophistication.
The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel
We are doing it all again on Sunday 3rd June, 4.00pm start
The Junktion Hotel, 99 High Street, South Kew – the Hotel is on the corner of Kew Junction. Public parking is available behind the Mercedes dealer/behind the High Street Shops off Fenton Street from High St, Kew.