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.
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.
This month the featured guitar star was Shawn Leonard
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.
Carl Ricci was first up and jammed with Shawn, a highlight being “Nothin But the Blues” (from Ronnie Earl and Snooks Eaglin).
Mike Crandall came up with Dan Bungie to play drums and
Andy MacDonald was added on guitar. They did a hot set of 4 songs, including Rod Piazza’s “Sinister Woman”.
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,
and Kenny Brody on guitar,
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.
Throughout the day, Joey was super on piano and organ, he step off to let Dan sit in.
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 was supported by Carl Ricci, Shawn, Joey and Bob Hennessy on harp.
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.
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.