It was an outstanding night of blues, R&B and soul at the Delta Chelsea Monarchs Pub in Toronto, Ontario, on Thursday night, September 23, 2010. Soul man #1, George Olliver, sang up a storm with blues harp player/vocalist Jerome Godboo and his band onstage -- rippin' it up for the huge crowd that attended! It was a great night of high-energy entertainment!
Glen James Singleton-Wood was very impressive as usual on tenor sax. The beautiful melodies Glen consistently comes up with in his sax solos, compare to the ethereally invigorating and soul-wrenching tenor sax solos my good friend Johnny Pennino from New Orleans plays, whenever I’ve seen him in concert in Toronto and at the Southside Shuffle in Port Credit, Ontario.
The rhythm section was playin’ it loud ‘n’ proud! All seasoned pros they backed up Jerome and George like there was no tomorrow. Steve Pelletier’s electric bass lines were sometimes funky other times bluesy, and always soulfully stimulating. Neil Chapman’s guitar solos were mind-boggling. He had the crowd eating out of his hand which they were close enough to do, since most once they got on the dance floor, stayed up there for most of the night.
Chapman’s funky guitar rhythms on classics like "Superstition", were really something to hear as were his bluesy, rockin’ guitar solos on ZZ Top’s "Tush" and others. Godboo went the gamut from soulful bluesy vocals, to unbelievably melodious blues harp (harmonica) solos, that captivated and amazed. The crowd went wild ... and justifiably!
Olliver’s rendition of Billy Paul’s ‘70s hit "Me and Mrs. Jones" was beautifully romantic, with suitable backup from the band, making it seem like it was a whole orchestra accompanying him, rather than the four-piece it really was. Godboo sang one of his favorite originals, "Janey Jane", an upbeat winner that he named after his wife. Chapman’s gregarious showing off on guitar was coupled with his raucous rapport with the audience, who cheered for more, when he really got them going.
All in all, this was a very special evening of soul, R&B and blues the best it can get. As anyone who was there can cheerfully attest to!