It’s been quite a long time since we saw James Daniell here at the jam and he had gone off the radar so to speak – I guess the lockdown was partly to blame - so how nice it was to see him back here performing a very eclectic set of numbers. Beginning with “Swamp Night” and “Old Number 7”, James and the houseband ventured into a rendition of Blind Alfred Read’s “How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live” which is an old American folk song dating back to 1929 (first performed he by our good friends Dave Thomas and John Crowther).
James’s fourth number was what I originally thought to be “Smokestack Lightning” but turned out to be his own interpretation of “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” – very clever indeed. His penultimate number was the upbeat “Sadie” before slowing things down again with “St James Infirmary” and nicely played! A wonderful performance from James demonstrating what a great voice he possesses and no mean harp-player too! We just about squeezed two more numbers from James at the end of the night, such a pity we couldn’t play more but ULEZ dictates what time we need to close the jam. Our hearty thanks to James for a fabulous showing and another guest-spot is guaranteed early in the New Year.
James wasn’t the only musician to put in a great performance: our much-appreciated Jammers also turned in excellent sets led by Billy Sharpe, Steve Hillan, Mark Sibley and Dave Richards, and even our MC Mike Dearing got in on the act. Quite a few non-Bluesy numbers were heard this week – two Marc Bolan numbers from Billy Sharpe, who I believe performed with Marc. Billy also sang David Bowie’s “Jean Genie” later in the evening but seeing how well those numbers were received we allowed them to slip by. It was nice to hear a Canned Heat number performed by Marc Sibley although some people’s ear pricked up when Mark called out to his fellow Jammers “On The Road Again” (Willie Nelson ? Really ?). A thoroughly enjoyable night was had by all I can safely say. Lots of good humour, no over-extended solos and everyone played at a very reasonable volume. Hats of to everyone. Time to call…
The Roll Of Honour:
As always, our Webmaster Ken Cumberlidge will be uploading a nice batch of mp3s. Queen Bee Vera got behind the camera in between arranging all six of this week’s jam sets. Our special thanks to Richard Stenhouse and Steve Hillan for helping Mike Dearing and Vera to stack away the equipment at the end of the night – apologies to anyone that I may have forgotten to mention.
Next time at Leytonstone Blues Jam:
Next week I’m happy to say that our good friend Emanuele Fizzotti will be guesting with the houseband. Manny will provide us with another fine show I’m sure, so please arrive nice and early – the earlier we start, the more time for the jamming session.
Something for the weekend:
St Harmonica’s Blues Club will be presenting The Mark Harrison Band at The Southgate Club on Friday 26th with support from Kelvin Davies with Gary Jones. Doors open at 7.30pm. Entrance in Crown Lane, 1 minute from Southgate Station. For further details, visit The St Harmonica's Website
The very busy Manny Fizzotti will also be guesting with Ronnie Collins’ Last Project at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP on Saturday afternoon (27th) 3.00pm – 6.00pm. No charge at the door at this friendly little pub.
Thanking All Our Jammers & Listeners,