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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hesistation Blues - Jook Jam

Jook Jam was founded by its leader Joric “Delta Slim” Maglanque as a showcase of acoustic blues and roots music that he and like-minded musician-friends love performing. Delta Slim has been playing blues since the early 1990s, either solo, in duets, or with a full band. Delta Slim and Jook Jam's strength is the traditional, classic country blues from the Delta, Jackson, Bentonia, and other regions of Mississippi, Texas, Piedmont, and Eastern seaboard ragtime. These include material from Charley Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Johnny Shines, Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, Henry Thomas, Tampa Red, Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, Mississippi Sheiks, Memphis Jug Band, Bessie Smith, etc. Delta Slim/Jook Jam also performs traditional black spirituals, gospel, and old-timey/early bluegrass songs from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mae Smith, Brother Joe May, Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe.

Delta Slim and/or Jook Jam has played in many major blues festivals, including the 1st Crossroads Blues Festival in Music Museum (mid 90s), Kidd Creole Mardi Gras-Blues Festival (late 90s), and Fete de la Musique 2006. Past small bar/cafe gigs include Backdoor Blues Cafe, Conspiracy Cafe, and Magnet Cafe in QC, Penguin Cafe in Malate, and The German Club in Makati. They have also guested in Howlin Dave's blues/classic rock radio show at RJUnderground. As a solo performer, Delta Slim has also performed (or busked!) in small pubs, barbershops, and other places in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington DC.

With him at the core, Jook Jam is in fact a very flexible group, with guest musicians regularly being invited to jam and preform (hence the name, “Jook Jam”). This and it's improvisational (ergo, “Jam”) approach in terms of instrumentation, interpretation, and even song selection lends excitement to the group's performances. Delta Slim plays regular and 12-string guitars in finger or flat-pick style, bottleneck/slide on metal-bodied resonators, and a guitjo (6-string banjo). In Jook Jam, he is with Ruben Flores on lap-steel guitar, Chester Manalang rhythm/lead guitar, Kakoy Legaspi on guitar/dobro/mandolin/harp, and Ronnie Badilla on harp and kazoo.
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