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?

The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel:

Featured Singer Kateřina Myŝková, with meself on keys, Dave Taylor on double bass, Bill Swannie on drums, and hopefully, Neil on guitar. Katerina has been a regular with the Jammers and sings jazz ballads, a little latin, and a few blues. She has heaps of experience, starting her singing career in the Czech Republic. She doesn’t have a driving licence, yet.



Katerina Myskova, featured singer this week

Sunday Jazz at The Junktion Hotel. Wot’s goin’on? – a goodly session

The sun, briefly shone on Sunday, and although we started with a little light chaos as the good Captain experimented with moving almost everything to a new position, once we got started, the joint soon filled up a little….

Mainly due to the Michelle Gigliotti rent a crowd (how many sisters has she got?) followed by the Simone and Jase social set, and quite a few others.

Following the customary instrumental opening, which featured the Captain and Red Hat Calamatta amongst others, and with Angie playing keys, Michelle got up, and, ably backed by bassist Kip on Tallulah the original electric bass, Bill restrained on drums, Neil playing great blues guitar licks, and meself resurrecting numbers I haven’t played for 23 years. She sang a sharp set of 6 songs in 32 minutes. The shorter bracket definitely works well.

Then the session went a little strange – it resumed with a rather noisy cameo from Katerina who was inaudible, and then, one by one, a total of 8 other singers got up, more than either the Captain or meself can ever remember at a Jam Session, and with plenty of scope for further contributions from Malcolm Mk 1 (organ??), Michael “sticks” Findlay, Bill, first timer Hussein and Matt Berg on drums, Mark on guitar, and the ever improving Will on sax and Keef on alto and clarinet. Special mention to Tom, who arrived with his stick bass and played with considerable aplomb for the rest of the evening, and to Chico (guitar) and Chris Lebon, who got in some late numbers.

Angie, Mark and Hussein combined with Will to produce a funky little set, and Simone confirmed that she is a gifted singer with a Billie Holliday “Feelin’Good” played without a chart amongst us. Methinks Keef and Will both have a great ear for this sort of thing. Then Jase got up and we just had fun which is fine by me.

We still haven’t got the format quite right, but will persist in doing our best to make sure everyone gets a go.

See ya Sunday?

The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel:

Featured Singer Julie Stewart Rose, who dates back to the Glasshouse days, with meself on keys, Dave Taylor on double bass, Malcolm 2nd on drums, and Neil on guitar. Julie last sang with the jammers at the Grand Hotel (whereya been?) and sings jazz standards, maybe some light rock numbers, and a smattering of latin. Stylish lady, warm voice, can’t wait!


Julie Stewart Rose, featured singer this week

Sunday Jazz at The Junktion Hotel ça change, plus c’est pareil”. *

In truth this wasn’t the greatest session. Gentleman John Curtis opened the innings with a coupla cultured instrumental pieces in front of very few people. It filled up in time.. Thereafter, it got more jam session typical as the afternoon wore on. A smallish mob sat back and drank seemingly large quantities of social lubricant, so Dave the Boss was happy, but the featured singer session (Carol, Malcolm x 2 and PT Pete on bass) ran well over time, leading to some of the natives getting a little restless towards the end. Too many saxophone solos, obligatory (apparently) bass solos and drum solos, stretched it out. Continue reading

The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel:

Featured Singer Michelle Gigliotti, with meself on keys, Western swing bassist Kip Dale, Bill Swannie on drums, and Neil on guitar. Michelle last sang with the Jammers at the Grand Hotel, and will feature a few early blues and jazz tunes. Big voice, Michelle sings a range of standards – blues, a little latin and maybe a ballad or two.

The Next Session at the Junktion Hotel:

Featured Singer Carol McCarthy, with Malcolm on keys another Malcolm on drums, and I am not sure who else…

But someone will surely turn up, and hopefully, the soloists will take it in turns to play over the singer rather than all play at once. We might try a single longer set as a way of keeping the chaos to a manageable level.


Carol sings a range of standards – swing tunes,
a little latin and whatever else
comes to mind. Looking forward to it.