Sunday Jazz at The Junktion Hotel

The Captain nails it.

Lorsque le pélican, lassé d’un long voyage,

Dans les brouillards du soir retourne à ses roseaux

Etcetera. etcetera It doesn’t end well, at least for the pelican. About the only French I can remember after 8 years study…

With a combined musical experience of about 238 years, the Jammers crew should have been expected to put on a reasonably competent performance, and this week they did. Opening stanza by Laurie Savage and Jeff Harris. Guichi getting more confident on her violin. All of it topped by Captain Chaos getting the changes right, and everyone had a dip. Not an easy feat, and the fact he did it without even appearing to pay attention made the session a good one.

In truth, the afternoon was marked by some fine singers – amongst them Julie Stewart, the featured singer of the week, who brought along Emma Sydney who sang up a storm (Stormy Weather) – and a brief performance by Narida Farid of the Big Ho, (Exactly Like You) in town for a great gig at Paris Cat the night before.

Julie’s set was a little chaotic – the diva had things on her mind, and it wasn’t until later in the afternoon that she got up and presented a fine second set of heart-felt blues and jazz. Even the Captain got up and played his part. David Taylor great as ever on double bass – he will be back this coming Sunday. And Malcolm rock solid on drums.

It was then left to Ponytail Pete and Chris Lebon to take over bass duties, and the Will/Keef duo to play A night in Tunisia with exactly the same faulty last bar as last time. IReal Pro gives it as Dm not an Fm. But good stuff all round. Pick of the jammers was Ponytail Pete, who got to play with Emma and Nadira. Heady stuff.

All those years of study… pays off in the end, even if you can’t speak French.

See ya Sunday?

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