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Jazz concert at "Ham Jam House" (An Unhosted Event)

Mirage Jazz Ensemble:

Sammy Epstein, saxes/clarinet
Aaron Lack, vibraphone (relative of the xylophone)
Utah Hamrick, acoustic bass

This "chamber jazz" group has a really interesting mix of instruments. The vibraphone is magical, and not often heard in Austin. The group will be playing mostly jazz standards (Great American songbook), and a few less well known compositions that are melodic and interesting. Sound samples at

Daren Appelt's "Ham Jam House" is a WONDERFUL venue to listen to live music.  It's a marvelous house with great acoustics.

(Plan on being a listener during the performance and not a talker, as personal conversations can be heard by others)

Suggested Donation $10 per person.

There were a lot of boomers at the Rio Novo concert...everyone enjoyed it. This event will be non-hosted (Sammy is in the group).

Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.

This is a venue for LISTENERS, NOT TALKERS...Please plan on being attentive to the music.  Voices can be heard throughout the house.

BYOB. Hors d'oeuvres are welcome!
Plenty of parking at Murcheson Middle School (within a block of the Ham Jam house).
Ham Jam House Concerts link...
Go to and click on "Ham Jam House -Concerts"


A word about parking - Mia Tia Circle is a cul de sac, so it will be filled by the time most people arrive. I suggest parking on North Hills Drive (or at Murcheson Middle School) and walking to Mia Tia Circle (around the corner) and entering through the front entrance of the house. Worth the short walk - Very scenic entrance!

Here's what our host Daren Appelt says about parking : 
"Parking is best on the North Hills Drive side of the house. There's even a parking lot across the street at Murcheson Middle School. Mine is the only driveway between Thorncliff and Rockledge on North Hills Drive. You can walk up the driveway and through the back yard to get in. 
If you park in the Mia Tia cul-de-sac, please do not block neighbor's driveways!"


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  • Michael G.

    Very smooth with lots of musical "conversation" among the players. Great jam. I like your concept of "chamber jazz". Keep me posted on future events! Looking forward to hearing more from you re your recording

    July 2, 2013

  • Clarke R

    Will there be plenty of seating?

    June 29, 2013

    • Sammy E.

      Sorry, didn't get your question until today. There was plenty of seating...

      June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Italia was SUPERB!

    June 29, 2013

  • Clarke R

    Feeling a little under the weather.

    June 29, 2013

  • Jan P.

    sorry got to work

    June 27, 2013

  • jeffrey s.

    Who suggested this meetup? I would like to make you the host.

    June 25, 2013

    • Sammy E.

      There will be a lot of people at this event, and no tables (it's a house concert) the past there have been a number of meetup groups at these house concerts and there was no need for an organizer...there is no way to separate folks...What exactly does it mean to host?

      June 27, 2013

    • jeffrey s.

      It depends on the situation. Sounds like this will be an unhosted event.

      June 27, 2013

  • J. A.

    You pay the $10 donation when you get there, right?

    June 25, 2013

    • Sammy E.

      That's correct. See you there...

      June 25, 2013

  • Michael D.

    Have a family gig that evening.

    June 23, 2013

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