Jazz Jam #39

For maximum enjoyment of all, there will be Instrument Limits so that we can have 3 Ensembles playing 3 sets of 2 Tunes:

Piano - 3 (Bring a Keyboard and the limit is OFF!)

Vocals - 3

Guitar - 6

Horns/Wind - 6

Drums - 1 (In Addition to House Drummer)

Bass - 2 (In addition to House Bassist)

Everyone else can come anyway to watch and support the others. There is no limit to being in the audience!


 Show up and have some fun!

The routine: Sign up for Jams on the sheet and we'll call everyone by ensemble group.

Each group gets to play 2 tunes in a Set. Please discuss intro/endings/tempo/style ahead of time to avoid restarts.

Vocalists get to sing one tune per set. Always bring music in your key (bring at least 5 leadsheets). Although note that horns may need to transpose so complex arrangements may not work.

Other than that, the group decides what to play (well, hopefully it's Jazz). And if you call a tune, better know how to play the head :)

All levels welcome.

To improve your experience, if you're new, just watch first so you understand the interaction. Maybe you don't sit in till the next jam. There's a list of common tunes up top. A little preparation on some frequently called tunes will save the day.


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  • todd r.

    Roberto, did you get my email? I sent two from my phone but only am showing one on my computer. Just want to make sure tonight is covered. This stomach flu is really nasty.

    January 28, 2013

    • Roberto C

      Sorry I didn't see the email or this until I got to the jam. But Richard Armita did great and saved the day. Get well!

      January 28, 2013

    • Eric

      Richard was awesome. Great playing with you guys!

      January 30, 2013

  • Leslie

    I've been studying keyboard for a couple of years, playing the standards, and would like to find a small group of musicians to study with in the valley. Any takers?

    January 28, 2013

    • Roberto C

      Contact Member Bruce Park --he was interested in doing that since we're a little far for him. He's attended many times in the past.

      1 · January 28, 2013

    • Leslie

      Thank you Robert -- I sent him a note. Have a great week!

      January 28, 2013

  • Richard A.

    Passion Dance is pretty frenetic compared to Con Alma which can be played very smoothly. Looking forward to the meet up

    January 27, 2013

    • Roberto C

      I haven't worked on Passion Dance head yet anyway so that may have to be next time.

      January 27, 2013

    • Roberto C

      But we have the tunes we played and planned on last time: Very Early, Inner Urge, Beatrice, and we never got to Waltz for Debby.

      January 27, 2013

  • Roberto C

    Let's do some new tunes. Con Alma, Milestones (New), Passion Dance, as well as retry the other new ones we did. Gotta raise the bar a little so we learn (advance warning so you guys can check out the lead sheets).

    January 27, 2013

  • Roberto C

    For a future Jam, let's do Con Alma...

    January 16, 2013

  • Roberto C

    Any singers want to give Night Dreamer a try? Kurt Elling gave this Wayne Shorter classic some lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w9ilkmWnZQ

    January 15, 2013

    • Roberto C

      Lonely the roses of Avondaire sing as though somebody still may care.
      They live only for the dream of living so come follow where they will take you there.

      I once was apprenticed to a man who was living
      in the eye if the hurricane to know despair,

      He knew all the dreams by heart just like sailing in a boat of
      crystal silence seeing visions of the world of life within a life.

      In a turning like a burning came turning
      out of everything stirring and what had begun before

      but all wrapped up in one great godly becoming -

      Tumbling and fumbling and stumbling
      into bumbling and rumbling along -
      ...Probably enough choruses...

      January 15, 2013

  • Roberto C

    Last time we tried Very Early, Inner Urge, and Beatrice and I think those sounded pretty good for a first try for many. I'm really glad we're stretching ourselves a bit. Can't be playing Mr PC and Autumn Leaves every time :) So for the next jam, we should think about Waltz for Debby, and how about Nardis? No one has played that at a jam.

    January 15, 2013

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