My second trip into the Glasgow Jazz Festival saw me discovering three new bands and a new venue. Not bad for a night's work!
The Edge Bar in Glasgow's George Square was pretty quiet downstairs, but as I made my way upstairs through the stylish modern interior I saw a much busier crowd listening to the first band of the night, Mud & Butter.
Clever jazzy blues three-piece Mud & Butter are a solid young band made up of acoustic guitar, vocals, drums and sax.
Dressed up in white shirts, black ties and Blues Brothers style black hats, the boys from Mud & Butter definitely looked the part!
Sitting on a stool with his acoustic guitar, lead singer Michael played some excellent jazzy riffs with the utmost ease and looked like he was enjoying himself too!
Drummer Stephen would have benefited greatly from a vocal mic at his disposal as he frequently stole the snare mic from its stand and spoke between songs. His stripped down drum kit took centre stage and his subtle brush strokes added a gentle feel to the set.
Considering that their new sax player has only been with them a few weeks, the band played really well together and the influence of the new member was evident as she dropped the sax and let loose with a lead vocal on one song.
After much stage adjustment, second up were The Gus Munro Blues Band. The Glasgow three-piece were more rock than roll.
Singer Gus is a good guitarist, but his guitar was far too loud for the mix and it drowned out everything else. The essence of the music was lost in a wall of distortion.
The bassist played some great funky, bluesy bass lines and knitted together really well with the drummer. The band didn't really make too much of a connection with the crowd, however and most of Gus's vocals were lost as the venue isn't built for sound.
Headliners The Blues Buddahs came on stage just after 10pm and were an instant hit with the crowd. They played a gutsy two-hour set with only a small break in the middle.
The Blues Buddahs are not your average blues band. All confines of clichÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© blues predictability is thrown out of the window as their influences span from psychedelic rock to soul and jazz.
Charismatic lead singer Dennis Smalley is renowned for being a Ricky Tomlinson look alike. This may be true, but his singing skill is a lot better than the famous beer guzzler from The Royle Family.
The un-disputed star of last night's show was the guitarist. His dextrous fingers are impeccably quick and he sounds like a modern day Jimi Hendrix or Dave Gilmour.
The Blues Buddahs have a natural ability for involving the whole audience in their performance and making everyone feel at home. Front man Dennis kept the crowd amused with his on stage banter and got everyone singing and dancing along to their mix of covers and original material. The Buddahs have built up a loyal fan base since they first formed in 1999 and play gigs all over Scotland.
Their next gig is on July 2nd in The Bon Accord in Glasgow. After that they play the Dundee Blues Bonanza on July 3rd.
For more information on The Blues Buddahs visit: thebluesbuddahs.4t.com