There was the Jacques Johnson Quintet which featured, Jacques Johnson on sax; Margie Clark on vocals, a petite woman who is more like Cecila Cruz and Betty Carter all in one; Bill Clark on organ; David Panzer on guitar and Ricky Loza on drums. Their tunes included "If you Leave Me," a bossa nova number, followed by "Take the A Train" and "24/7" an original tune. This group really enjoys playing together and it shows.
The Charles Covington Trio with Covington on organ, Steve Abshire on guitar and Bertell Knox on drums turned quite a few heads. Covington set a groove to bop to and all you wanted to do was dance. No one did, but they should have. The group performed Ahmad Jamal's "Poinciana," G.G. Gryce's "Minority," and played some "honky tonk," much like the style of Bill Doggett. Covington at one point just played the melody on the foot pedals which had the crowd jumping - I know I couldn't sit still!
Irene Reed was down with the flu and under orders to just rest. Ernie Andrews stepped in last minute and what a wonderful surprise. The rhythm section, Aaron Graves, organ; Steve Abshire, guitar; Ron Compton, drums; Buck Hill, sax and Ernie on vocals and flavor. By flavor I mean he really spiced it up. My favorites: "Mr. Jazz," "My Way" and of course "Girl Talk." Ernie walked off the stage for a moment but he left the rhythm section smoking... grooving. You know the kind of groove that James Brown gets you into on "Doin' it to Death" with Fred & the JB Horns? I could have listened to them all night.
Of course you can't have a "Hammond B3 Jam" and not include, Papa John DeFrancesco with John DeFrancesco, Jr., on guitar and vocals, Ronnie Smith on sax and Glen Ferracone on drums. Papa did what he does best - take you "Back to the Chicken Shack," "Sonny Moon for Two" and "Blues for J." Of course, "Coming Home" was done a la Carlos Santana and in a Latin groove.