top of page

The Oscar Beetroot Band, and other Jam session delights... 13/11/22

Updated: Nov 22, 2022

The 1930's were not an easy time for the Oscar Beetroot Band. Despite their local notoriety, the band struggled with 5/4 time, and lost their clarinettist to an ingrowing toenail. It could not have happened at a worse time really, and probably didn't. Seasoned readers will recognise a bit of a yarn when they see one...

The Jam Session, on the other hand, saw 22 musicians try various ways of cocking up the simplest of jazz standards, and in many cases they succeeded admirably.. Buddy won the prize for the most missed intros by quite a margin, Karin of the golden fiddle took out the award for most extended solos, Jane, dressed in thigh high leather boots and sporting a whip and a sense of humour, (see note), soon flogged the Clark , the Ken and the Hirsch into a semblance of order


The arvo ended with a 10 piece band surgically dismembering Moondance in the forlorn hope finding another cliche. You wish!


A strangely distracted Good Captain ran the whole shebang with a gentle hand and seemed quite perplexed at the moments of chaos, but when you are on to a Good Thing, stick to it, I say.

Note: Jane will, of course, deny this, but only on the grounds it is slightly untrue..​


4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Myrtle doesn't like jazz

Jam session review for Sunday 7th April 2024 ​ I once spent a somewhat bucolic afternoon at Cafe Loup in Greenwich Village, listening to a hot trio play, in three sets, familiar standards, less well k

Another Quiet One

Jam session review for Sunday 10th March 2024 ​ But a few gems amongst the swill. Estate, Mr PC, Favela, Beatrice as the arvo wore on, or out, I am not sure which ​ Which should tell you that it was a

Strewth!

Jam session review for Sunday 3rd March 2024 ​ Turned up late at around 3.30, and discovered I was the only one there. Knowing that several of the regulars had gone to Castlemaine for their moment of

Comments


bottom of page