I arrived at 6pm for the 6.30pm opening. Sat downstairs with a pint of Stella, listening to some Stan Getz on my mp3 and had a close encounter with a young prostitute who wanted money for a bus ticket; no need to go into more detail!
The show didn't kick off until 7.30ish and began with a few tunes from the house band - Omid, John and Mark. This included Blues for Pat (Metheny) and All The Things You Are. As the house band disembarked to allow musicians from the audience to jam, there was only Myself, Ivan and Matt to deliver the goods. But half way through the song, in walked Rob who crashed straight on drums with style. More musicians were arriving and the tunes were pouring out: including a free improv session, re-working of Scarborough Fair and classics such as Autumn Leaves (with Mark Williams in heavy metal mode), You Don't Know What Love Is, Mr PC, Oleo, Bright Size Life (Metheny), Alone Together, Doxy and the night finished with Willow Weep For Me.
A great night, great crowd of musicians and jazz followers and I'm even told by Omid that the bar upstairs will be open for service as of the next Thursday. So it was defintely worth the effort to make it down.