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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Johnny Beaudine & Deep Blue - House of Jazz

On Monday the 18th Deep Blue did the Monday Night session at the House of Jazz.

The evening began with a trio set that featured myself, Naveen on piano, and Gary McKenzie on bass.

The second set brought up my friend Steve to play drums. Steve had come down and sat in once with the band with Snooky so he was new to the group. Steve brought his friend "Hawk" We did a real Chicago blues set with some Muddy Waters tunes. We called Hawk to the stage to sing and play some harp.  He did Sonny Boy Williamson's "Help Me" and B.B. King's "The Thrill is Gone" The band ended the set with "Sweet Home Chicago". Personally I loved this set because it took me back to Chicago and some of the great Blue Monday sessions. It had the real Chicago blues feel, it was loose but the groove and energy was really kickin' and most of all, everybody had a good time. It's sets like this that give people a reason to go to a club on Monday night.

Steve joined us again for the third set and we mixed jazz and blues. Gary McKenzie played some smokin' bass on Duke Ellington's "Caravan".