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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Got any good Jam stories?

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Nicoma Park, OK.

"Let the music do the talking"
Dec 5th, 2016 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

In the early 70's I worked for a local concert promoter. One show we did was Trapeze and Captain Beyond.

The promoter had a local group he backed and would occasionally use as a warm-up act.

The guys in Captain Beyond had a few days off and stayed here in OKC. Lee Dorman & Larry Reinhardt showed-up at the band house the local group had and we had a great time jamming with them all evening.

Great guys and very easy going. Sure wish I had a camera!

At least I have the concert poster and my backstage pass.

(This message was last edited by RicOkc at 03:02 PM, Dec 5th, 2016)

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South Florida

Dec 5th, 2016 07:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Dancing Madly Backwards! Oh yeah I would be all over that.


What It Was!

cross-dressing for Rodan
Dec 7th, 2016 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another one from a few years back. Got a call to do a session in Miami along with a drummer friend for an R&B singer. I brought in my bass rig, there was already a drum kit set up there. We were told that the guitarist would be coming shortly.

Waited. Waited some more. Went outside for a Coke and a smoke. Guitarist pulls up, loads into studio. Meanwhile, Richie & I go into the main office, find out that singer is delayed. We go in to warm up & meet the guitar guy.

It's Harvey Mandel. We were long time fans.. we played The Snake, Midnight Sun and something else. The engineer comes in after 45 minutes or so, says the singer cancelled.

Pays me & Richie 100 bucks each. We load up, shake hands with Harvey, and drive home with ####-eatin' grins on our faces. True story.


Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
Dec 17th, 2016 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

In 1970 I was working as a studio musician and recording engineer at a studio in Dallas. I was doing some mixdown work late on a Friday, and it was about 8pm... The phone rang and a musician friend of mine said, "Hey, I've got somebody with me that I think you'll want to meet...and we just want to turn on the tape and lay down some ideas..." I told him to come on over.

Sometime around 9:30, I heard a knock on the studio door, and in walks my friend and Leon Russell!!! Needless to say, we turned on the tape, (drank a LOT of "adult beverages"), and sometime around 3:30am, they decided to call it a night!!! They took the tape with them--(sigh)--But that's a night I'll never forget... Particularly with the recent passing of Leon...


Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
Dec 17th, 2016 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have another one from 1972 that involves a Sunday afternoon jam at a private home in Marin County, near Mt. Tamalpais, with David Crosby and Graham Nash...But I'll save that for another day... ;-)

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Dec 17th, 2016 09:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

My claim to fame is I got to play at a FDP jam with LadyJazzer. I was honored.



Say what one more time!
Dec 21st, 2016 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

While I was stationed at Misawa Air Base in Japan, I got to jam with Mitch Mitchell. We all worked either days or 2nd shift so practices were at midnight till about 3 or 4 in the morning. Mitch had a blues band he was touring with and 2 of my bandmates went to his USO show and brought him to our rehearsal that night. I have never heard a a drummer hit the cymbals harder than he did. We played for a few hours before he had to leave. Very nice gentleman and we had a lot of fun. It was nice to get a compliment on my playing and voice from him. It sounded sincere.


Colorado, USA

"You play pretty good--for a girl"
Dec 23rd, 2016 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was honored to play with YOU and the rest of the gang! That is the only FDP jam that I've made, and it was well worth the drive! (That was before I retired from my day-gig, and I was working out of Santa Fe, NM, at the time. It was lot further from S.F. to Wichita than it would have been from my home in Denver!) I hope to do it again before I get too old to play... ;-)

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Houston, TX

Give me a second to think of something..
Dec 25th, 2016 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

That *was* a great jam - it was an absolute treat to get to play with both of y'all!


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Dec 26th, 2016 12:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I too have fond memories of those jams in Wichita.


Cypress, TX

I Dare To Be Different
Dec 26th, 2016 12:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

A blast from the past

Wichita 2007

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Dec 26th, 2016 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Texican...thanks for posting the link. It is hard to believe that was almost 10 years ago.

That brought back a flood of memories...

Seems to me that I made three trips to Wichita for FDP Jams.

On one of those trips, I brought "Hizzoner", the drummer for my band at the time, who happened to be the Harley riding Mayor of our city.

Once I brought Watermelon Slim, (harmonica and vocalist and Dobro) to the Roadhouse in Wichita for the FDP Jam. I know Texican and jhawkr and themaestro and kego and a bunch of others were there. (Getting old, I tend to forget names, so if you made any of those, sing out.)

Back to Watermelon Slim, he was just getting to the point he was stretching outside of the local markets in OKC, Tulsa and Stillwater...he was riding high in 2005 when he was nominated for (did not win) New Artist of the Year for the Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy Award. In 2007 he ended up getting nominated for six Handy Awards and won Band of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. In 2008, Slim won the coveted Entertainer of the Year I believe Slim is the only person to be nominated by the Blues Foundation for six Blues Music/Handy Awards in two consecutive years.

You never know how famous the person next to you at an FDP jam might be.

For those who have not done so, go check Lady Jazzer's website. She is far more "legit" than Slim and her accomplishments are many. (And she is easy on the eyes...) Nice Lady. Good guitar picker.

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Sunken Heights

North Carolina
Dec 29th, 2016 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

My most memorable jam was at Camp Doha, Kuwait, during a several day layover on the way home from Iraq. The big camp had a well equipped recreation center with lots of electric guitars, amps and band gear. Most of the guitars were in dire need of adjustment and I had my toolkit. I adjusted everything in sight! Finally playing alone in a big room, playing some ACDC, in walks a a rangy kid who without a word started nailing it on drums. More people came and went and it was so great. We all fresh from "the sandbox", so to speak, and now we're rockin the hell out. With feeling, lol. Kind of surreal.

(This message was last edited by WireDog at 09:25 PM, Dec 29th, 2016)

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