It's always a special occasion when Jules Carter takes time off from his busy schedule to guest with The Coach & Horses houseband, but there was something extra-special this week when quite a few regulars from John Edmonds' Hot Hob Blues jam travelled some distance to not only hear another five-star performance from Jules Carter but also to celebrate the birthday of one of our regular Jammers - who other than Mark Sibley.
With a large audience in attendance the houseband couldn't wait to get stuck into Jules' very varied and interesting set-list beginning with "Texas Flood", quickly followed by "Killing Floor" - the latter still plays havoc with my weak and feeble fingers. Knowing how Jules Carter is an enormous fan of Steely Dan it was no surprise to see "Pretzel Logic" in his set-list and, needless to say, he polished off that number superbly! There then followed an instrumental that was not only new to me but also to Reg Patten, that being "Blues Force" (by Larry Carlton). Unfortunately, I was not made aware of the specific version (and neither was Reg), so it was a case of just busking through it - well it is a Blues jam after all! Jules' closing number was "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - a number that I always enjoy playing and goes down so well with our audience.
Just five numbers were played on the opening set and if it weren't for the fact that most of Jules' numbers were gloriously lengthy I would've asked him to play at least one more to close what was a fabulous first set, but there were plenty of Jammers' names already on the signing-in sheet. We therefore decided to open up the jamming session, safe in the knowledge that we could invite Jules back on stage at the end of the night. This we managed to do, playing "White Room" and perhaps the jewel in the crown: "Still Got The Blues", to round off another superb night of quality entertainment! On behalf of us all at the Coach & Horses, thank you, Jules Carter - we'd certainly love to see you back here as houseband guest - brilliant, that's all I can say!
We were definitely spoilt for drummers and bass-players this week - and Bryan Wall wasn't even here this week either! We had the luxury of four drummers who included my good friend Roland Rees who I was so pleased to see, Alan Kay, Bill and last but not least Maisie who also played guitar earlier on in the evening.
Initially we had seven bass-players! This caused us quite a logistical problem (seven bass-players in six jam-sets). The last to arrive was Mark Olbricht for whom we were unable to guarantee a jam set. But although we were not to know at the time, it transpired that we could've accommodated Mark after all, but unfortunately he had already left for home.
The busiest Jammer this week was birthday boy Mark Sibley, who was lucky enough to perform three numbers on the first jam-set, but by the end of that particular first set it quickly became clear we needed to reduce the jam-sets down to just two numbers - and with great reluctance I have to say. Later in the evening, though, we found we had a more time than expected. Whether it was due a lack of slow numbers or less self-indulgent solos is anybody's guess. So for the sixth jam-set we invited Mark back on stage to give us two more numbers. Even so, still we had time for one more number from Mark for which he duly obliged - every week we wonder why the time flies past so quickly, but this week we were blessed with what seemed like an extra hour!
A warm welcome to newcomers Maisie, David Warne, Bill, Chris Allnutt and Roland Rees - we do hope to see you all again. Good to see saxophonist Alan Elliott back here, very surprised to see Andy Humphreys making a third consecutive appearance here (that must be some kind of record) - we're gonna miss your presence over the coming months.
Last week's jam was excellent, but this week was exceptional, so credit where it's due. Time to call...
The Roll Of Honour:
Besides Ernie King's footage on his YouTube channel "slomo947" (below left), there are 19 videos on the Coach & Horses YouTube channel plus a selection of mp3s which will be made available in the audio player by our Webmaster Ken Cumberlidge. Special thanks to Ernie King for setting up the equipment and added thanks to Richard Stenhouse and all the guys for packing it all away at the end of the night. This week's photos are by courtesy of Chris Lafbury, with added help from Ken Coates.
Next week our special guest will be Matt Withey, who will be making his first appearance with the houseband. Please arrive early and give Matt a very warm welcome.
Something For The Weekend:
Plenty of great entertainment on Saturday 19th August at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP when Dave Heggs will be guesting with Ronnie Collins' Last Project - a truly amazing little pub with a great atmosphere !
Thanking all our Jammers and Listeners,
C+H Blues Jam
C+H Blues Jam