This week we were very pleased to have guitarist Richard Stenhouse joining the Coach & Horses Trio to perform a selection of numbers of MC John Edmonds' choosing and I must say how much I enjoyed sharing the stage with Richard once again. While I was hospitalised and recovering from my spinal operation several months ago, it was Richard who played bass in my absence and has been so very supportive ever since while I am still somewhat lacking in mobility - so once again I thank you Richard!
A nice varied set-list from John, which included a few straightforward numbers starting with "Born Under A Bad Sign" and "Lateral Climb" (although I did have a slight problem counting the unusual amount of bars in the latter). One number that I was eager to play was J.J. Cale's "Magnolia" because I had coincidentally been learning it on guitar and piano mainly because it's such a simple number but very effective. The houseband's third number was "Help The Poor" before rounding off a highly enjoyable opening set with a good ol' slow Blues, namely "Love Her With A Feeling".
Although five jam-sets were allocated to our Jammers, the houseband still somehow managed to perform three more numbers at the end of the night. These were "Black Drawers", Travellin' South" and Steely Dan's "Do It Again" - all nicely played too!
Over the past several weeks we had suffered a severe drought regarding drummers, but this week the rains came in the shape of Bryan Wall and Roger Woods - both of whom we were delighted to see. In appreciation we were also happy to allocate two jam-sets each!
Seeing saxophonist Francesco De Pinto enter our function room early in the evening was a very pleasing sight to behold, but doubly disappointing to see him leave before we could arrange a jam-set for him. Francesco had in fact been nursing a headache and it had shown no signs of abating, so with great reluctance he left for home with the promise of returning next week, which we'll look forward to, but more importantly, we hope the headache has cleared and Francesco is feeling much better.
There's never any shortage of surprises at the C&H, but apart from seeing TWO jamming drummers, I was pleasantly surprised to see our Webmaster Ken Cumberlidge here this week - and bringing along another jamming bass-player, namely Richard Hallman. This made our total amount of bass-players add up to five - but unusually, only four jamming guitarists (not including Houseband guest Richard Stenhouse).
After last week's glut of vocalists we only attracted three this week. Bo headed one set, Jan Fielder headed two sets and I was particularly pleased to see Mark Sibley leading two sets. Mark consistently turns in excellent performances - great to hear "Roadhouse Blues" too! A fairly small amount of Jammers then, but all highly competent, so our thanks to everybody who took part. Time to call...
The Roll Of Honour:
As always, Ernie King's videos are now showing on his YouTube channel (below left) plus there are 22 videos to be viewed on the Coach & Horses YouTube channel (below centre) and a selection of mp3s will be appearing in the audio player very shortly.
Once again, my thanks to Richard Stenhouse and also to Ken Coates for packing away all the equipment - and to Ernie King for lugging it all out before Vera and I arrived. This week's photos are by Vera with some input from me as and when I could.
Next week promises to be another great night which I'm already looking forward to. If anyone has visited St Harmonica's Blues Club then they'll be very familiar with two of the guys that run it, Dave Thomas & John Crowther, who will be our houseband guests - and what nice guys they are too! Please arrive early and grab a seat!
The following week (December 20th) we will be staging our famous Christmas Party - free food, free raffle with quality prizes, our special guest will be Jamie Rowan. This will be our last jam of 2017 and from thereon we'll be taking a two-week break over the festive period. The 2018 jam will re-start on January 10th when Conrad Di Ianni will be our houseband guest.
Something For The Weekend:
The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP will be in celebratory mood on Saturday 9th December (3pm - 6pm) when Dave Heggs and Ronnie Collins' Last Project will be providing cracking entertainment for one of the pub's famous (or infamous) locals, namely "Up-Yer-Kilt" Maggie who will be celebrating her **th birthday. Plenty of food - and no charge at the door!
Thanking all our Jammers and Listeners,
C+H Blues Jam
C+H Blues Jam