A massive thank you to this week's houseband guest Giles King who, as expected, gave a masterful demonstration of harp-playing in front of a very enthusiastic audience, aided and abetted by Reg Patten, yours truly and our MC Mike Dearing who gave excellent guitar support.
Giles opted to choose numbers at random, beginning with "Huffin' And Puffin'" - an exhibition of superb harp-playing which left our Jammers & Listeners gasping in admiration! The next set of numbers Giles chose all featured his vocal prowess, beginning with "She's Dangerous" before giving us some breathing space with a tasteful slow Blues titled "Sad Letter Blues". Just as I was wondering if Giles would choose something more familiar to me he burst into "Checking Up On My Baby". A stunning opening four numbers by Giles, who led and directed the houseband with consummate ease - on a less busy night we would've loved to have let him loose on several more numbers but I noticed a few more Jammers were arriving which caused me to questioned whether I should cut short the houseband set, but I took a chance by asking Giles to give us one more number - I'm glad Giles obliged because we were treated to a great rendition of "Hip Shake" to wind up an amazing show from our houseband guest.
I was determined to see Giles back on stage at the end of the night and, much to our satisfaction, two more stonking numbers were performed which included Richard Stenhouse playing bass while I sat amongst our audience thoroughly enjoying what was being served up - thank you Giles King for a fabulous two sets, we must get you back here!
A nice mix of 18 Jammers here this week which included our Japanese guitar-playing friend "Dannie B. Goode" - the artist formerly known as Kouki Dannie Taniguchi (according to what was written on his T-shirt!). It was great to see Kouki once again and also great to see that ever-present smile on his face. Another good friend of ours of whom I was equally delighted to see was Steve Cook. I was more than happy for Steve to be paired up with Kouki accompanied by Martin Heath and Marc Turner on the final jam set of the evening - so good to hear three of Steve Cook's favourite numbers here once again!
There was quite a lot of quality on show this week with all our regulars putting in noteworthy jam sets although I did find it necessary to ask Chris Dearing (no relation to MC Mike Dearing) to keep to Blues, I'm not totally averse to hearing the odd non-Blues being played as long as it doesn't leave the other players struggling to follow the chord progression, Chris duly obliged by playing an old Leadbelly number titled "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" which came as quite a surprise.
Despite a slightly late start for Giles King's opening set, we still managed to fit in six jam sets (with three numbers-per-set), so our appreciation must go to all our wonderful Jammers. Mind yer backs, it's time for...
The Roll Of Honour:
My thanks as always to Ernie King for setting out the equipment just before Vera and I arrived. Thanks also to everyone who helped pack away the equipment at the end of the night. Vera provided this week's photos while also arranging the jam sets.
A special thank you to our lovely barmaid Ann who always serves with a smile - she tells me how much she loves the Blues being played here - clearly she has good taste!
Next time at Leytonstone Blues Jam:
Next week's guest will be that cheeky chappie Jimmy Gaynor (a.k.a Jimmy Dublin) who I'm sure will bring much amusement as well as some vintage equipment no doubt. Please arrive nice and early and grab a seat.
Something for the weekend:
Friday 20th at St Harmonica's Blues Club promises to be a fabulous night when "The Blues Chapter" will be performing two quality sets with half-time support from "Potts & Phoebe". For further details, see: http://www.thevintage.org.uk/st-harmonicas-blues-club.html or The St. Harmonica's Facebook page
On Saturday 21st at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP, Emanuele Fizzotti will be guest of honour with Ronnie Collins' Last Project, start time of 3pm - no charge at the door at this friendly little pub.
Thanking all our Jammers and Listeners,