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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jazz Jam @ Hoochie

Peter Gilligan (pno ); John Pope (bs); Steve Gledinning (gtr); Jeff Armstrong (dms)
The evening began ominously - a missing hi-hat thingimybob! Fortunately, after searching the place, many phone calls and a subsequent taxi-drive, a replacement was found. Well done Jeff.
Now for the music.
It wasn't going to be easy. A boisterous corporate crowd set the atmosphere and, with the exception of a somewhat dreary Metheny number,  the guys did the business.
Straight No Chaser, Stella and the most swinging Waltz For Debbie you'll ever here - and in 3/4 time throughout! Even when the shot and shell was flying there were no 4/4 cop-outs. 
The band were firing on all cylinders and nobody hung back. Bouncin' With Bud,  Cantaloupe Island, My Favourite Things and Mr PC were superb - in fact there was only one thing wrong.
It was a Jam Session but where were the Jammers?
For once there was neither singer nor swinger prepared to dip their toes into the nectar that flows through Hoochie Coochie,
Despite that, it was still a grand night for swinging with all four players hitting one hundred and eighty..
No session next week as the room is booked for a "Private Function".
Lance.

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