What we're about

This is a group for musicians interested in jamming with others who share a passion for vocal jazz. I started this group to meet and jam with others who enjoy jazz, with an emphasis on creating an environment where jazz singers and musicians can make great music. Emphasis will be on the American Songbook. Jams will be held in NYC at a rehearsal studio, and all attending will share rental costs [about $25 each person for 3 hours]. I will distribute a 5 song set list in advance, and ask that everyone learn the songs as best they can. Other songs welcome as well.
I am thinking of having at least one set per month, but we may end up with a bi-monthly schedule. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Basic Information: [Please read]

Here is some information to keep in mind:

1. Kindness and consideration: It is important to everyone that these sessions are fun, reflecting our common love of jazz standards. Please be kind and considerate to other players. It is probable that skill and experience levels will vary widely. I ask: please no attitude. Thank you!

2. Sessions information: The sessions will be three hours long. I will distribute a 5 to 7 song set list with charts when each session is announced. Please be prepared on the set list. We could easily take suggestions for other tunes as well. I will try to balance instrumentalists and vocalists so that the greatest number of us have a chance to play/sing. I will limit the number and type of instruments so that we all have the right mix. Please understand that we may need to take turns playing or singing.

3. A note for vocalists: Please understand that many of the instrumentalists will not have experience with vocalists. Let's be patient with one another! In addition, we will not be in a position to transpose the charts into different keys at this point – please be prepared to sing in the key as shown on the charts.

4. Sharing the cost of rehearsal space: The sessions will be held at Minchiko Studios, 149 West 46th Street, New York. [Michiko is a good jazz studio. If you are unfamiliar with it, please take a look here https://michikostudios.com/ ] Each studio has a piano, drum set, microphone and amps. Guitarists or anyone using pick ups should bring their own cords.

a. Shared costs: I will pre-book the space, and charge each participant $25 per session, prepaid when you accept the meeting invitation.

b. Cancellations: please understand that I will not be in a position to refund anyone’s rehearsal share unless someone else volunteers to take their place. For refunds, you should know that MeetUp takes about 10% of fees, and so I will only be able refund 90% of your payments.

5. “Auditors” or session visitors: I am happy to have observers, but need to insist on a few things. First, only those who have paid their share will be permitted to play/sing music. This is only fair. Also, we may not have enough room to accommodate visitors. There are limits placed on the number of people who can be in the rooms by the rehearsal studio. Finally, please do not record the sessions unless all agree.

6. Registering for a primary instrument/vocals: When registering for a session please specify your primary instrument or vocals. [For example, if you are a drummer and a vocalist, let me know if you consider one or the other your primary choice for this session] For those who do not specify, I will be forced to guess... Please don't make me guess as I am not that smart!

Please let me know if anyone has questions. Thanks!

Finally, I would like to thank Alice Kim, organizer of the NYC Jazz Musicians Hang, for her help, kindness, time and inspiration.

Upcoming events (2)

Open Jazz and Blues Jam: Sentry Flatiron, Rooftop bar, 12/30, 6:30-10:30

37 W 24th St

$12.00

OPEN JAZZ JAM: 12/30: 6:30-10:30; Sentry: 37 W. 24th, 18th FL
COME LISTEN OR SIT IN WITH THE HOUSE BAND!

Hello!!
Join us for an open jazz jam on Wednesday, 12/30, at the Sentry Flatiron, 37 W. 24th, 18th Floor, a penthouse bar with a cool vibe and great views. Bring your horn, your ax, your voice or good vibes, for a night of smooth jazz. Here are some details about the event:

The Reviews: Here’s what jammers said about the 11/2 jam:

I liked “Watching and grooving to the house band…meeting and performing before a live audience with friendly and talented other musicians.” ~Rob G.

I liked “Listening to the house band and the other performers. Also, the rooftop view was amazing.” ~ Hayden

IF YOU WANT TO JAM:

Step 1: Pay The Music Charge to get on the Jam List Early:

Pay Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-jazz-jam-1230-sentry-37-w-24th-18th-fl-630-to-tickets-463500461357
OR
Below by RSVP'ing and paying.

Our $12 music charge goes to the House Band only. [Eventbrite adds about $2]
Unlike the last jam, we will not be able refund to jammers unless there is a hardship. [email David about that: nystandardjazz.com] The House Band should get paid. Right? :{)

Step 2: Please arrive on time, and answer when called to jam.

Step 3: Have a great time!! Everyone is welcome – vocalists, instrumentalists, and anyone who just wants to listen!!!

The Venue: The Sentry Flatiron is an enclosed rooftop bar on the 18th floor of the Hotel Henri, 37 West 24th St., [between 5th and 6th Avenues]. After entering the hotel, take the elevator to the 18th floor "roof" or "penthouse." We will check you in upon arrival. Nice view!! [NOTE: There is a 1 drink minimum, not included in the music charge.]

The Schedule: The Sentry opens at about 6:30, and the House Band will perform from 6:30 to about 7:30. Jammers will be called to sit in from about 7:45 in the order that each jammer purchased tickets [see below].

The Jammer List and timing: Jammers who would like to sit in will be called from the prepaid list from 7:45 in the order that they paid on Eventbrite, and will be invited to sit in for at least one song, chosen from our charts on Dropbox [see below]. Those who don’t answer the call to jam will go to the bottom of the list.

Those who have not prepaid [walk-ins] will then be called as time permits.

Good to know:
· A copy of the jammer list, showing who will be called in order will be available at the door.
· If you are called, and do not answer, we will move to the next name on the list.
· We may be able to call you sooner if there is room for more than one jammer on a song.
The jazz jam will continue until at least 10:30.

  • The Tunes: Here is a partial list of tunes. [Meet Up won't let me list them all] Pick one or two to sit in on:
  • A Foggy Day - A House is not a Home - All the Things You Are
  • Almost Like Being in Love - Am I Blue - Anything Goes – At Last
  • A Sunday kind of Love - Autumn in NY – Autumn Leaves
    – Beautiful Love
  • Bewitched - Black Coffee - Black Orpheus - Blackberry Winter
  • Blue Christmas - Blue Moon - Blue Skies - Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Call Me Irresponsible - Cry Me a River - Cute - Day in, Day Out
  • Days of Wine and Roses - Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me - Embraceable You - Fever – Flamingo
  • For Once in My Life - Girl From Ipanema - Harlem Nocturne
  • How About You - How Insensitive - How My Heart Sings
  • I Could Write a Book - I Got Rhythm
  • In a Sentimental Mood - I Say a Little Prayer For You - I Should Care
  • In the Wee Small Hours - I’m Through With Love
    - I’ve Got a Crush on You
  • It Don’t Mean a Thing - Just Friends - La Vie en Rose
  • Like Someone in Love - Lullaby of Birdland - Mack the Knife
  • Make Someone Happy - Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
    - Midnight train to Georgia
  • Moon River - Moondance - My Foolish Heart - My Funny Valentine
  • New York State of Mind - Nice N’ Easy
    - On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Paper Moon - Putting on the Ritz - Round Midnight
    - Route 66 - Satin Doll
  • Smile - Summer Wind - Summertime - Sunny - Sweetest Sounds
  • That Old Black Magic - The Boy From New York City
    - The Christmas Song
  • The Christmas Waltz - The Frim Fram Sauce - The In Crowd
  • The Joint is Jumping - The Nearness of You
    - The Shadow of Your Smile

The Charts: A Dropbox link to the Charts will be sent after you buy your ticket, and at the event via QR Code.

Tell you friends!! NYSJ hopes to make this a regular Open Jam. Please support us by telling your friends!

Jazz to you and yours, David

Open Vocal Jazz Jam: 12/30, 6:30 to 10:30, Sentry Flatiron, 37 W 24th, 18th FL

OPEN JAZZ JAM: 12/30: 6:30-10:30; Sentry: 37 W. 24th, 18th FL
COME LISTEN OR SIT IN WITH THE HOUSE BAND! JAMMERS JAM FOR FREE!
Join us for an open jazz jam on Friday, 12/30, at the Sentry Flatiron, 37 W. 24th, 18th Floor, a penthouse bar with a cool vibe and great views. Bring your horn, your ax, your voice or good vibes, for a night of smooth jazz.

Special guest on the keys: the incomparable Alice Kim!

Here are some details about the event:

The Reviews: Here’s what jammers said about the 11/2 jam:

I liked “Watching and grooving to the house band…meeting and performing before a live audience with friendly and talented other musicians.” ~Rob G.

I liked “Listening to the house band and the other performers. Also, the rooftop view was amazing.” ~ Hayden

IF YOU JUST WANT TO LISTEN AND SOAK IN THE JAZZ VIBE:
No problem, just buy a ticket, pay here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-jazz-jam-1230-sentry-37-w-24th-18th-fl-630-to-tickets-463500461357

OR

Pay at the door!

IF YOU WANT TO JAM:

Step 1: Pay The Music Charge to get on the Jam List Early:

Pay Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-jazz-jam-1230-sentry-37-w-24th-18th-fl-630-to-tickets-463500461357

Our $12 music charge goes to the House Band only. [Eventbrite adds about $2]
REFUND POLICY FOR JAMMERS: Jammers who actually sit in will be eligible for a refund upon request after they jam.
We would appreciate it if you would consider foregoing your refund so that the House Band gets paid. Karma!! :{)
[This has been revised due to popular demand…lol]

Step 2: Please arrive on time, and answer when called to jam.

Step 3: Have a great time!! Everyone is welcome – vocalists, instrumentalists, and anyone who just wants to listen!!!

The Venue: The Sentry Flatiron is an enclosed rooftop bar on the 18th floor of the Hotel Henri, 37 West 24th St., [between 5th and 6th Avenues]. After entering the hotel, take the elevator to the 18th floor "roof" or "penthouse." We will check you in upon arrival. Nice view!! [NOTE: There is a 1 drink minimum, not included in the music charge.]

The Schedule: The Sentry opens at about 6:30, and the House Band will perform from 6:30 to about 7:30. Jammers will be called to sit in from about 7:45 in the order that each jammer purchased tickets [see below].

The Jammer List and timing: Jammers who would like to sit in will be called from the prepaid list from 7:45 in the order that they paid on Eventbrite, and will be invited to sit in for at least one song, chosen from our charts on Dropbox [link shared after you buy a ticket].
Those who don’t answer the call to jam will go to the bottom of the list.

Those who have not prepaid [walk-ins] will then be called as time permits.

Good to know:
· A copy of the jammer list, showing who will be called in order will be available at the door.
· If you are called, and do not answer, we will move to the next name on the list.
· We may be able to call you sooner if there is room for more than one jammer on a song.
The jazz jam will continue until at least 10:30.

Partial Tune List: Here is a partial list of tunes. [MeetUp won't let me post them all!!]
Pick one or two to sit in on:
If you'd like to sit in, please let us know. Don't be shy! Be ready to play/sing from one of these tunes:

  • A Foggy Day - A House is not a Home - All the Things You Are
  • Almost Like Being in Love - Am I Blue - Anything Goes – At Last
  • A Sunday kind of Love - Autumn in NY – Autumn Leaves
    – Beautiful Love
  • Bewitched - Black Coffee - Black Orpheus - Blackberry Winter
  • Blue Christmas - Blue Moon - Blue Skies - Bye Bye Blackbird
  • Call Me Irresponsible - Cry Me a River - Cute - Day in, Day Out
  • Days of Wine and Roses - Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me - Embraceable You - Fever – Flamingo
  • For Once in My Life - Girl From Ipanema - Harlem Nocturne

The Charts: A Dropbox link to the Charts will be sent after you but your ticket, and at the event via QR Code.

Tell you friends!! NYSJ hopes to make this a regular Open Jam. Please support us by telling your friends!

Jazz to you and yours, David

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