JUNE 2021: VERY SHOCKED AND SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE DEATH OF JIMMY C. He will be missed by his friends, fam­i­ly and every­one who has seen this won­der­ful band per­form over the years.

Being able to hear live music again lifts the spir­its and gives us hope for the future. Jim­my C & the Blues Drag­ons have been enter­tain­ing crowds world­wide for many years and on Sun­day 9th August their gig – the sec­ond this sum­mer at the gar­dens of St Mary’s Tow­er, north Lon­don, was – dare I say it, a fes­ti­val-like occasion. 

The blues col­lec­tive, front­ed by the ever-smil­ing Jim­my Colet­sis, has appeared in dif­fer­ing for­ma­tions over the years – I’ve seen them at cen­tral Lon­don bar Ain’t Noth­ing But… and they are reg­u­lars around the Hornsey area. 

From left: Albi Green and Dave East­man on sax­o­phones, Jim­my C on gui­tar, vocals and smiles, Mick Park­er on drums, hid­den by the bush, Paul Sop­er on bass, Anto­nio Camp­bell on saxophone

Before the band start­ed, we were remind­ed to remain social­ly dis­tanced and the rules were adhered to as there was plen­ty of room to spread out over the gardens.

For this per­for­mance, the oft-rotat­ing ensem­ble had three sax­o­phones includ­ing the bril­liant Anto­nio Camp­bell. Jim­my C and co seam­less­ly played a col­lec­tion of blues – from clas­sic num­bers to more recent blues/rock num­bers which includ­ing Hen­drix, Dylan, ear­ly Fleet­wood Mac, and also some of their own compositions. 

The inte­ri­or of the church tow­er has been oper­at­ing as The Inti­mate Space venue for a few years. This beau­ti­ful and atmos­pher­ic lit­tle space com­fort­ably seats 25 but for now it is rather too inti­mate to be used. How­ev­er the Tow­er Gar­dens are prov­ing pop­u­lar for live open-air events such as Jim­my’s show. 

Jim­my C & the Blues Dragons

If you want to put on a per­for­mance, film show or an event, then drop Cre­ative Direc­tor Chris Arnold a line vichris@me.com

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