Jammin’ With Jim

Jim Magnarella
Jim Magnarella

Those who get out have, at some point, probably caught drummer Jim Magnarella playing with The Chris Dracup Trio, The Albuquerque Blues Connection, The Hounds or Trio Soul. Magnarella, who owns Magnarella's Drum Shop and is a part-time music teacher at East Mountain High School, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. To help raise money for medical treatment, on Sunday a bouquet of blues bands including Soul Kitchen, Chris Dracup Band, Albuquerque Blues Connection, The Memphis P. Tails, The Hounds, Trio Soul, The Deteriorators, Cadillac Bob & the Rhinestones, Joanie & Combo Special and The Drum Shop Gang will perform at Low Spirits. In addition, 'Charlie "Mr. Hot Lix" Z' is to emcee. "These kinds of things, where all the musicians get together, are pretty fun for everyone. Jim's hoping to be feeling good enough to attend, and hopefully he'll be able to play as well," says Wendy Beach, bass player for Trio Soul. In addition to jams, there will be food prepared by the Mule Kickin' Beer-B-Q Krewe, a raffle and door prizes. The benefit show happens from 3 to 11 p.m. and a $10 donation is suggested. Additional contributions can be made to Jim Magnarella's Benefit Fund at Bank of the West, 1422 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87106. For more information contact Steve Whitman at stwhitman@msn.com or Wendy Beach at wendyLbeach@yahoo.com.