The Connecticut Blues Society is hosting a monthly jam at the Pine Loft Pizzeria & Cafe. The first Sunday of the month February, March and April will be a big blues jam. Sponsored by the CtBS, it is another opportunity for players and fans to visit in the cozy confines of the Pine Loft. The natural wood interior and fine food make for a good afternoon.
From 1pm to 5 pm the jam will keep the place groovin’. Hosting and keeping the beat on the drums is River City Slim.
Joining him on bass is Phil Caron. And guest guitarist for this week is Larry Wiley.
There were so many musicians that the music di not stop.
Called up to join the base crew were Ryan Hartt and Jake Kulak, who drew a crowd when he performed in the Youth Showcase at the IBC in Memphis.
Jake smiled as did the rest of the Pine Loft as Ryan explained how he decided which key the band needed to be in.
The fun thing about a jam is the mixture and band creations that get formed. Serious veterans and new players combine in an always amazing sound. For us non-musician, it is always magical how they take the stage and play like they were practicing for years.
Now the fun is watching the variety of people shine. And while I didn’t catch everyone’s name I did get their photos. Next up was a big name from some great area bands. Bob Orsi’s vocals and harp playing add a great touch.
We had a new bass player come uo as well. Known for some of the set as Don the bassman, he was familiar to me from his playing at Veteran’s events in Rocky Hill.
Then one of the state’s well known players and a guitarist that is fun to be around, John Frissell came on.
Okay, Ive told you about how much fun this was and when you see the rest of the players you will know why.
At this point River City Slim said he was gong to change the pace a little. That he did with Bill Swamp Shaka. Vocals and harp and washboard are all part of his strengths.
Now add Ken Brody on the cigar box (license plate) guitar.
Also a keyboard player and a new drummer joined in.
Okay, the afternoon was heating up. The crowd was enjoying it and the Pine Loft was filling up.
River City Slim take a turn on the harp.
Another Keyboard player stepped in.
Fairfield County was represented as well with Johnny Boots and Greg McCullough bring some tasty guitar.
Greg seems to make for good photgraphs since I have known him.
Ray Meeker joined in. As did Wally.
Spider Murphy from eastern CT handled vocals and harp.
Karen took a break from dancing to sing.
During the course of the afternoon, Jimmy Walz of the Magnetos came by. Jimmy is one of the first musicians I met and he was always energetic. So when his name was called he was ready to go.
It was getting towards the end and the audience was probably needing more of a break then the players.
Some tasteful guitar by Dave Jones kept it going.
Each jam will have a guest guitarist, this month was Larry Wiley with Mike Law hosting next month.