Adam Demby, Kurt Samson, Rory Burgin, and I hosted this event every Monday night at GC Live in Shin-Sakae, Nagoya, from 2014 until 2019.
The bar is now, sadly, a thing of the past, but we had some great jams there and met a plethora of talented musicians, formed lasting friendships, and some even created new bands!
All levels, any style, anything goes!
Lalo Matsusaka (guitar, vocal), Diana Fujimoto (vocal) Luis Miguel Cardenas Torres (guitar), Yasuhiro Fukuda (drums), Lesley Bartlett (bass)
I occasionally filled in on bass for these guys, who are also great friends! Some of the loveliest people you’ll ever meet!
Be sure to check out the DK Jam in Hamamatsu!
Cover band - Disco, Funk, Pop, Soul, R&B
We played regular gigs at Imri in Sakae, Nagoya. I met band leader, Andre Burch, at La Funk Session at Slow Blues, Hoshigaoka, Nagoya.
Denice Hewitt (vocals), Andre Burch (piano, vocals), Ali Huggins (vocals, percussion), Adam Demby (drums - not pictured), Lesley Bartlett (bass)
Originals - Groovy Fromage
While in Winnipeg, I got together with local musician Süss, and she introduced me to Eve, aka DJ Beekeeni. We both became Charasmatics in her band. El Coco! El Coco!
Originals and covers - Disco, Funk, Rock, Country, Folk, Fiddle
Coleen Wickdahl (violin), Bryony Ollier (vocal), Kazuya Kato (drums), John Pickering (guitar), Lesley Bartlett (bass)
Main band from 2007 ~ 2013. A five-piece treat based in Nagoya, we played everything from Rage to Dolly, and our originals went from disco to rock to Eastern European.
Originals and covers - Alt country, pop, folk
Hiro Hirashiki (lead guitar), Lesley Bartlett (bass), Coleen Wickdahl (violin), Tom Fallon (bass), John Janzen (vocal, acoustic guitar), Hiroko Iwase (violin)
Joined a Winnipegger while living in Japan! Through a chance meeting on MySpace, I joined John Janzen's band, Fatblueman, in 2006. We played John's original songs and cover arrangements.
Nana Omori (piano), Lesley Bartlett (bass), Mieko Sakai (drums)
A fun and challenging happening, I even got a little tennis elbow with this Jazz-fusion duo. Magical.
Harry (vocal, guitar), Sam (drums), Yuu (vocal, guitar), Lesley (bass)
For this session, I studied Rockabilly tunes to fill in for a friends' band after their double bassist had to take a leave of absence.
We played a gig in Toyohashi to a full house of rockabilly lovers. What a great experience!
Psychedelic, Trance, Jam band
I tripped about Japan with this Psychedlic Japanese Hippy group, playing guitar and bass as a guest on many occasions.
Snoopy / Shaft
In the late 1990's, I played guitar for a 9-piece funk band called "Snoopy" (due to copyright issues, the name was later changed to "Shaft"). We played around Sydney for a couple of years. A highlight show was at the Harborside Brasserie near Circular Quay.