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NYC Jazz Musicians Hang Pages

ABOUT THIS MEETUP

This is a hang for jazz musicians who want to take their playing to the next level in a supportive environment of like-minded peers. Jazz is community music. If you want to get good at it, you need to get out and play with others! Not finding many outlets to gain this valuable experience, I created this group for us to help each other grow our skills. The main focus is on jam sessions, but we'll also get together for live shows, or just hang out and share our love for jazz!

Please read what follows carefully. It should answer most questions.

When & Where: Jam sessions are typically held on Sunday afternoons and some weeknights for 3 hours, with up to 7 players. We meet at Michiko Studios unless there is an availability issue, in which case there will be an alternate location announced. The studio location and the room number will be posted no later than two days before we meet. Studios/rooms may change last minute, so please be sure to check the final location before you head out.

Know the Basics: This is primarily an intermediate level group, with some advanced players. Although you may be new to improvising and the jazz language, you should have some proficiency in your instrument, as well as a basic understanding of jazz concepts. At minimum, you should be able to play from a lead sheet/chord chart and have a feel for basic jazz rhythm (swing!). If you play a chordal instrument, you should know how to play common 7th chords in all keys (M7, 7, m7, ø, o7).

Before You RSVP: Please check the "Instruments/Players" list on the meetup details section. It lists all the instruments that are signed up for the jam. There is a limit of 2 keyboards, 2 guitars, 1 bass (upright or electric) and 1 drums. All other instruments are fine for multiple sign-ups.

Session Fee: There is a $20 fee to join this jam session. Please pay at the time you RSVP. Note that while you can still RSVP as attending without paying, your spot will not be reserved until you make your payment. Please be courteous – do not RSVP Yes without paying just to hold a spot for you to decide later.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: All payments are final, so please RSVP only when you're sure you will attend. The only exception is if a meetup you signed up for is cancelled, in which case you will be issued a refund. The reason for a no-refund policy is because your payment is the good-faith basis for booking the studio space, and your cancellation may affect everyone else. I want to make sure that everyone will still have a room and not have to pay extra if you should need to cancel – I think it's the fair thing to do.

Also, any extra gravy left over will be held in reserve for times when we're short on players. This way no one has to pay extra even if we don't fill all the spots.

If you need to cancel, please change your RSVP. Don't be a no-show – that's just rude. Besides, there may be someone on standby who would like to know of your cancellation.

Speaking of No-Shows: In the spirit of community, anyone with 2 no-shows will be removed from the group – this applies to all events, not just the jams.

Check the 'Tude at the Door: We're here to help each other grow as jazz musicians in a supportive, respectful and friendly environment. Everyone should feel safe and free to develop their skills and explore their creativity without being judged or criticized. Criticism, judgment, and any negative talk or behavior toward another member will not be tolerated, and that person will be permanently banned from the group, without exception. Let's get along, be better musicians, and have fun!

Tunes & Fake Book: We'll work on a preselected list of 5 must-know standards every month, across all sessions. The intention is to dig deeper, not wider, quality over quantity. This approach will help to build a solid foundation, toward a repertoire.

To streamline the process, we will use The Real Book - Vol 1, 6th Edition as our primary reference. It's advisable that you own or purchase this book that's in your key. This way we're all using the same chart and everyone can prepare/practice on their own before we meet. If you already have the 5th Edition, you should be fine for the most part. But keep in mind that there are some discrepancies between editions, and some tunes in one edition are not included in the other.

For titles not in the The Real Book - Vol 1, 6th Ed, I'll find charts for them (in Concert) and post a link to my Dropbox on the meetup page to give everyone a chance to download, practice, and transpose to their key if needed. Also, you can easily find charts in your key online, either for a small charge or for free such as at Learn Jazz Standards.

Looking forward to playing with you!

Alice

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