CtBS Sunday Jam

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The threat of and actual snow did not keep players and fans away. The Pine Loft had a sizable crowd, appreciating the jam and keeping the kitchen busy.

 

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The monthly series of Connecticut Blues Society Sunday afternoon Blues jams continues.  They are scheduled for the first Sunday of the month, except April with an Easter conflict the Jam will go on the 12th.

The jam is held down by The CTBS All Stars, River City Slim ( drums harp & vocals), Phil Caron (bass) and Joey Primo (keyboards)  the house band with a different guest guitarist each month.

River City Slim

River City Slim

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This month the featured guitar star was Shawn Leonard

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All musicians need to bring is their instruments; amps, drums and a keyboard are provided.  Held at The Pine Loft, a full service restaurant, food and friends are added to the mix.

 

The music started at 1 PM, and as always there’s no cover.

The blues musicians and fans that braved the snow were treated to a fine afternoon of music.  The house was packed.

 

For the rest of the Blog I have taken the review done by Ed Stack, President of the Connecticut Blues Society.

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Ed

Carl Ricci was first up and jammed with Shawn, a highlight being “Nothin But the Blues”  (from Ronnie Earl and Snooks Eaglin).

 

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Carl

Shawn & Carl

Shawn & Carl

 

 

Mike Crandall came up with  Dan Bungie to play drums and

 

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Mike

Dan

Dan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy

Andy

Andy MacDonald was added on guitar. They did a hot set of 4 songs, including Rod Piazza’s “Sinister Woman”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bob

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Bob Bequillard sat in on drums when River City Slim stepped forward to show his talent on harp & vocal. They did a nice job on Muddy’s (Blow Wind Blow”.

 

Joining in were Jr Krauss plus Brian Rost on upright bass,

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and Kenny Brody on guitar,

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Ken

They did a set including William Clarke’s “Pawnshop Bound” and some solid Chicago Blues. Nobody does the Little Walter sound better than Doug Krauss.

 

Then two first time jam visitors Luke (guitar) and Vince (drums) sat in with Shawn on  Wolf’s “Tell Me” and a little Hendrix blues.

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Luke

Vince

Vince

 

Throughout the day, Joey was super on piano and organ, he step off to let Dan sit in.

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Dan

The surprise of the day was having Brian Calloway (aka Hash Brown) join the jam. He is a nationally respected bluesman, who was originally from CT, but now resides in Texas. He started on bass doing “Little Girl” and a slow blues in A.

Brian on bass

Brian on bass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian was supported by Carl Ricci, Shawn, Joey and Bob Hennessy on harp.

Bob on Harp

Bob on Harp

Ray on drums

Ray on drums

Hash Brown on guitar

Hash Brown on guitar

 

 

 

He finished his set playing lead guitar on a shuffle, with Ray Romano on drums.   Great voice!

 

Later Ken Greenfield did a lively set of standard blues (Hootchie Cootchie Man, Diving Duck Blues, Stormy Monday) with Rob Blaschke on drums and Bob Laskey on percussion.

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Ken

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Rob

Dan McNamara  came back to play excellent sax.  asssDSC_0220

Nick Longo got in late from a gig and sat in on drums for Slim’s version of “Can’t Hold Out”.  Cool stuff!   Next jam on April 12.

Questions/comments, I can be reached through the Blog comments or at twblus@aol.com.  BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic Forcella.  My weekly Blues Beat column appears in the New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Middletown Press and Torrington Register-Citizen.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

One response to “CtBS Sunday Jam

  1. Ed Stack

    River City Slim has done a fine job organizing these Monthly jams, and leading the CTBS All Stars. Thanks to the premier musicians joining the jam, this Sunday was one of the best.

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