[This listing replaces the earlier draft listing in the calendar]
After doing a number of these in previous years, there's been interest from members to getting them going again. Thanks to member Martin Kelmanson it looks like we have the use of the BMA practice room again at no cost in March, so we thought we'd get this up and running again.
These are fun, private jam sessions for members of the Meetup who:
• Play an instrument and want to play jazz with other members, but don't feel confident enough to join one of London's regular public jam sessions
• Are learning an instrument and want to find an environment where you can learn about improvisation in a safe and supportive atmosphere, where you don't need to feel intimidated by all the great players around you, or the fact there's an audience there!
• Are already experienced players, and are happy to share their knowledge with other members and help things move along
The first few sessions in 2011 and 2012 went pretty well - as well as the members who were wearing their jazz 'L plates', we had a couple of experienced jazz musicians with us to guide us through the tunes - this format worked well, and we'll try and re-create it again.
We're going to based the jam/practice around two tunes [to be decided - suggestions welcome from the Real Book] including songs which suits horn players. We will share chord charts and music with those attending. We can consider other tunes nearer the time, if we have time.
We are going to focus on instrumental playing this time.
Note - this is a little different from standard Meetups and so we will be organising things slightly differently because of a) the need to get a balance of members and instruments, b) the need to ensure members do turn up and c) the need to organise with security at the venue. So, if for any reason we are not able to have you participate, please understand the reasons for this.
One, we are limiting the numbers of players to ensure the event is manageable and two, we want to aim for a mixture of players - a maximum of three sax players, a guitarist or two, trumpeters, up to two bassists (I'm one), up to two drummers even.
We want a mix, which means this event is managed and selective.
In particular, we need to find from the membership: a good drummer who is willing to help help out and provide a rhythmic bass, plus an experienced jazz musician (any instrument) who is happy to join and guide members through making the most of the two tunes.
First preference will be given to people who joined previous sessions, and those who can ensure a good mix between instruments and experience. Therefore, if you sign up, you are not guaranteed to be able to participate - but please sign up and we'll do our best to accommodate everyone, within reason. We'll probably limit numbers to 10-11 people. We would aim to finish around 4-5pm.
There will be a charge made for this event of £10 for the afternoon, to cover costs (with £10 refunded on the afternoon when you turn up - this is to ensure people who sign up turn up).
This meetup is about getting together musicians within the meetup. It will have bumps and wrinkles - please bear that in mind. It's all about providing a friendly environment to play, learn, and make mistakes without worrying about itIf you sign up and we accept you, please ensure you attend. If you RSVP 'yes', you will go onto the waiting list straightaway; I will then add people to the meetup attendees based on the formula outlined above.
You will be required to provide your full name for the security desk at the BMA. All members will need to bring their instruments. There is a full PA system, but guitarists will need to bring their amps, and anyone wanting to play keys will need to bring their keyboard. There will be a set of drums available.