As ever, good fun all round, followed this year by a rather pleasant dinner for the die-hards. 28 musicians got up and boogied, Captain Chaos led the whole shebang with his usual flair, Santa Claus (looking suspiciously like Jack Morris) came to town, and the wardrobe Mistress (Annie) excelled herself with silly hats and lots of tinsel.
The Jammers, in a fit of absent mindedness, attempted some jazz tunes, very nearly succeeding on occasion.
That is it for a year which saw us relocate, and flourish at the Junk, where the standard of music making lifted considerably.
The following prizes are not awarded, because we are mean bastards as a rule, but go out and buy yourself some chocolates
Most improved bassist: Pony Tail Pete, with Dave NN snapping at his heels. Ivan sweetest sound on that enormous double bass.
Most improved sax player: Either Keef, or possibly Laurie with a late lunge at the line. John Calamatta best sound. Captain Chaos for expanding the range of toons.
Guitar: Neil, and one sublime session with Neil and Fermin together. Ben Stewart when he turned up.
Drummers: Bill, Michael F, Malcolm, Russell Salah all good. Mike Hirsh best extended drum solo, John Perri for his technical prowess, Steve Bray for his knowledge of drums. Andre a find.
Pianists: Special mention to Malcolm, who packed up the gear every session,and otherwise fiddled excellently with his organ.
Most singers in one session: 10. Seriously…
Best violinist: Huich, just
Best Flootist (and gets better every week): Julian
Next Jam, this Sunday 13th January, 4.00pm start,
The Junktion Hotel, 99 High Street, South Kew – the Hotel is on the corner of Kew Junction. Public parking is available on Studley Park Road, or behind the Mercedes dealer/behind the High Street Shops off Fenton Street from High St, Kew.