The Jam Sessions are really a hit. We've got a regular turn out of musicians who come with their instruments on Sunday nights - the music is great, and gets better and better as the night wears on. The musicians also tell their friends, and this results in a great mix of clients and a more participatory ambience.
There's a great appreciation of jazz in Casablanca, and the Jam Sessions at Rick's do their part in providing a showcase for great music and some superb talent. Because the jammers come and play for the sheer enjoyment, we've come up with a "Best Usual Jammer" award to acknowledge musicians that have been the most loyal.
The first award went to Karim Benkirane, electric guitar, who has played at almost every one of the sessions since we started them in late May. In addition Karim has a wide network of friends who he has introduced to Rick's and most importantly was the person who first put me in contact with Issam when I was searching for Rick's "Sam." Gerard LeCouvreur plays heavenly saxophone and can be counted on to come most every week.
Taking a trip to Tunisia, he was really apologetic that he was going to miss the Jam Session and let us know in advance. While every night seems like a party at Rick's, Sundays have become special, and it feels more like having friends over for an informal evening. Karim and Gerard have made this especially so. !