The inaugural Beeched Wailers jam at their new space in Hintonburg on September 8 was packed with listeners and local musicians. The music and socializing spilled on to the sidewalk for the first part of the warm evening, and the music was still going strong well past midnight.
In their upbeat opening set, the Wailers celebrated the local jazz scene. Five of the six songs the group played were by local musicians, including by band members Nick Dyson and Tyler Harris. Dyson said later that all those numbers were ones that they recorded in August for their upcoming CD. They ended with a classic by one of the group's favourite composers: “The Sticks” by Cannonball Adderley.
Then musicians quickly stepped up to jam. Other than an initial Leonard Cohen tune which would have been a better fit at an open mic night elsewhere, the music was interactive and extended jazz. Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and lots of standards allowed locals to stretch out and have fun.
There were many faces familiar from the Wailers' former location. Newer, younger players were also supported and encouraged to play, in the fairly loose, comfortable atmosphere – although a bit tighter organization might have allowed more people to play.
The jams continue every Tuesday, starting at 9:30 p.m.