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Blues Jammin’ At The Yale With Jay Leonard Juatco

You know those extremely talented and passionate people you meet in high school or in college who are simply amazing at something? Be it a sport, music, art, or just anything that could lead to what most people would consider to be a “non-conventional” job. You remember thinking, “Man, this guy/gal could sure make a splash if they were to actually make a career out of this?” only to watch these passions take a backseat as they go and pursue an office or other white-collar job? Only to watch them stop doing what they love and what truly made them happy (and in a lot of cases, made other people happy and also inspired some.) I’m still young, but I definitely know a good number of those people. I’ve seen talented musicians nearly abandon their craft for medical school and day trading. I’ve seen photographers trade in their cameras for pens and keyboards. I’ve seen athletes slow down and sit down at a desk. They all still partake in their passions occasionally, but that flame just isn’t there anymore. Or it’s deeply buried somewhere, asking to be shown to the world again.

Jay Leonard Juatco rockin' it out at The Yale

Jay Leonard Juatco is not one of those people.

Before last night, where he was guest performer on Steve Karzak’s All Star Blues Jam at The Yale Hotel in downtown Vancouver, it had been somewhere around 8 years since I had heard and seen Leonard play. I remember watching him play back in high school with an energy and talent that just blew everyone away. Even back then he was already more than a simple musician, he was already a performer. He was way beyond the level of your typical high school star guitarist/singer. Even back then, he was versatile, playing a wide array of genres, from rock, to blues, to jazz, and not just dabbling in each. He was awesome back then and 8 years later, he’s even better.

When he was on stage, the energy and passion that he played with was contagious. You know when you hear a musician play and there’s something more than just the notes there? A story, tale, or emotion woven into every strum of the strings? That’s how it is with Jay Leonard Juatco’s playing and singing. His heart and soul poured into every bar of music, every verse of song. He captured people’s attention with every riff, every solo, every note.

You should definitely check him out if you get the chance. Guaranteed good times and rockin’ beats. He’s playing tonight and tomorrow night at Malone’s from 10pm – 1am. You can also check out his YouTube channel, Facebook fan page, website, and twitter.

More photos will be up on the photo blog and Flickr soon.

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  1. April 8, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I like the style you took with this topic. It’s not every day that you simply discover something so to the point and enlightening.

    • April 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

      Thanks! Just hearing him play again inspired me and brought back a bit of that spark in my heart. If you’re ever in Vancouver, or he happens to to be playing wherever you are, you should definitely go check him out.

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