It's always a real pleasure to have Jimmy C guesting at The Leytonstone Blues Jam and this week I was particularly looking forward to seeing the multi-instrumentalist Flex Flechsler joining the houseband alongside Jimmy. Flex was here in London from his home town of Aalen in Germany on a short visit and he certainly left a great impression on this week's bumper audience. Our German friend had originally planned to play guitar but unfortunately a damaged forefinger prevented him doing so, but that didn't stop him from serving up a few vocal numbers and having a stint on drums towards the end of the night. Flex's misfortune did however allow us to include at short notice guitarist Mike Dearing, who was back here after a two-week absence - so a nice welcome back to the fold to our regular MC.
It was also a memorable reunion for Jimmy C's Blues Dragons, with bassist Paul Soper and drummer Steve Bray in attendance. I could also include myself and Clive Nash among those who've had the pleasure of being a Blues Dragon. Both Paul Soper and I shared the bass-playing duties on Jimmy and Flex's opening set. I had hoped Paul would feature on more than two numbers on the opening set, but he did play on the final houseband set, taking my place.
With so many Blues Dragons in attendance we could not resist putting Steve Bray and Paul Soper back on stage with Jimmy C later in the evening, with the inclusion of Richard Stenhouse (guitar) - and what great performance they gave us. More top-class entertainment followed when Flex re-joined the houseband with Jimmy C, Mike Dearing, Paul Soper and Reg Patten. Two vocal numbers from Jimmy and an excellent rendition of Steve Wonder's "Superstition". A massive thanks to Jimmy C and his Blues Dragons, with special thanks to Flex Flechsler for a truly fabulous night and we'd love to see you back here again!
The appearance of Jimmy C certainly attracted a large number of musician/friends including the aforementioned Paul Soper, Steve Bray and Clive Nash. Steve & Bonnie Taylor were also here but chose to relax and enjoy the evening rather than perform on stage. I was particularly pleased to see Clive Nash but a bit disappointed by his decision not to play drums - just as well maybe: there were quite a few drummers here this week, including Wayne Worrell who arrived far too late in the evening - sorry about that Wayne, please get here early.
On such a busy and eventful night we somehow managed six jam-sets with Simon Durham beginning the jamming session followed by Jan Fielder who gave us an excellent version of "Summertime".
Once again, Jake Maxwell gave us a very impressive jam set but yet again my mp3 recorder failed to record his third and possibly his best number. Phil Hughes' first number also suffered the same fate. It now seems I have been using a couple of duff batteries -this will be put right before next Monday! Fortunately the two missing numbers can still be enjoyed on Ernie King's YouTube channel (see link below).
Nice to see our MC Mike Dearing back on stage to give another fine show as did all our jammers who enticed several of our female visitors to dance the night away - not forgetting Bridget Myers of course!
Time to call...
The Roll Of Honour:
As always, our thanks to Ernie King and everyone who helped to set up and pack away the equipment at the end of the night, not forgetting Queen Bee Vera for sorting out the jam-sets and taking photos.
Next time at Leytonstone Blues Jam:
Next week I'll be taking a break from bass-playing when our houseband guest will be Dave Stein, who will be bringing some mirth and merriment to our little soiree - and maybe a new bass of some sort. Please arrive early - especially Jammers, and thus avoid us trying to squeeze everyone in later in the evening.
Something for the weekend:
Looks like a very special night of Blues on Friday 28th at St Harmonica's Blues Club, 17 Chase Side, N14 5EN (entrance in Crown Lane, one minute from Southgate Station) when "Doc K's Blues Band" will be performing two full sets featuring Mad Dog Dave Barnes, Tim Hill, Malcolm Hine, Mick Parker and Simon Fowle. Half-time support is provided by "That Two Man Job" featuring Sky Wood and Jesse Thomas - sounds like a quality night not to be missed ! 8.30pm - 11.00pm.
On Saturday 22nd at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP another great talent in the form of Davide Sanna will be guesting with Ronnie Collins' Last Project - start time of 3pm through to 6pm - no charge at the door. If the corner door is closed, please use side entrance via the beer garden.
On Saturday at the Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP our good friend John Parry will be guest of honour with Ronnie Collins' "Last Project" starting at 3pm through to 6pm - there'll be no shortage of great entertainment and laughs galore that's for sure !
Thanking All Our Jammers & Listeners,