Thursday night, I was able to catch the lovely Annette DaBomb and talented bomb Squad band members at the Gaslamp SpeakEasy. They are a total delight (and often quite playful) as they perform a soulful mix of blues, jazz and swing jazz, like the Frank Sinatra cover song The Lady is a Tramp in this first video. Accompanying Annette are Tony Peterson on drums, Alan Z (Zundelevich) on piano, and Doug Brunelle on bass, clarinet and flute.
Here is a blues tune: Aretha Franklins’ cover song Evil Gal Blues
And last, but not least, that great cover song Fever, first performed by Little Willie John and later sung by Peggy Lee, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald and many others.
I know lots of blues lovers also enjoy jazz, and I’m one of them. While I don’t cover jazz on this site, Whitney Shay is part of our jazzy blues scene downtown, and she kicked off the 88.3 Jazz Summertime series at the Westgate hotel on Friday night. The next event will be on June 6th.
Here’s Whitney and the JazzKats performing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy on the Riviera Terrace of the hotel. Whitey Shay is delightful. Enjoy as I did!
Every Thursday night you can hear this beautiful lady’s voice at the Gaslamp SpeakEasy (from 9p-1am), singing a mix of blues and jazz. I absolutely love her voice, and I’m thrilled to finally get some good video clips from her weekly gig.
Annette is joined with her Bomb Squad band members… Tony Peterson on drums, Doug Brunelle on bass (as well as the clarinet and flute), and Alan Zundelevich on keyboard. In this video, the band is performing cover song Got My Mojo Workin.
For Billie Holiday fans, Annette will melt you as she sings this cover song All of Me.
And in this last video, Annette and her Bomb Squad are performing Eric Clapton’s cover song Further On Up the Road.
I just learned that the Thursday night blues/jazz jam hosted by 88.3 Jazz KSDS Radio, which has been hosted by Spaqhetteria in Little Italy for quite some time, is moving to a new week day and place – effective THIS week.
The blues jam will now be on Wednesday evenings (6:30-9:30) at Proud Mary’s Southern Bar & Grill north of the city. You can find it at 5500 Kearny Mesa Road (west side of 163 in the Ramada Inn). This is also where the tried and true bluesman Tomcat Courtney plays every Thursday night, starting at 6pm.
I have missed hearing Annette’s incredible voice and the way she sings the blues, mixing it in with her jazz roots when she plays with her jazz band at the Gaslamp Speakeasy every Thursday night. She is fun, personable and wonderful to listen to. I will definitely be back more often!
Here she is singing that great cover song, Got My Mojo Workin’, with band members Doc Holiday on keys, Tony Peterson on drums and Doug Brunelle on bass guitar.
Here’s another clip of them doing the cover song Hard to Handle.
If you haven’t heard Annette’s group in person, you are missing a special evening and a real treat. They also play at Magnolia Tap & Kitchen about once a month. Check my calendar to see when they will play there next.