What we're about
As in Jazz, "Nothing changes but the changes".
The San Diego Jazz Collective is a varied group of musicians who get together to share musical knowledge and ideas in a Jazz Improvisational setting. Our mutual goal is to inspire and be inspired by others and to take our musicality to the next level. Of course, our ultimate objective is to have fun at the same time!!! The spaces we play in are welcoming and affirming of all.
This is a great way to meet fellow musicians. If you have the space to host a jam you may schedule a Meetup Jam session on the Home Page. The site is here for your use. You may advertise your Events, Gigs, jams etc.
Here are some basic guidelines for The SD Jazz Collective:
We are a performance group and it's recommended that all members know how to read jazz charts and have a good facility playing their instrument.
It is also recommended that all members learn (or start learning) standard jazz repertoire so you can play melodies, chords, keep time, and improvise through the changes. There are lots of lists of standards out there. Tunes are generally played in Real Book keys. Here's a list of standards our group has played in the past - plus some others.
If the jam is at a commercial venue, which is offering its space for free, please do buy some food and/or beverages. Also please contribute to the tip jar, which will help defray Meetup fees and (modestly) reward the house band.
Jams will generally have a volunteer house rhythm trio lined up (keys, bass and drums) lined up. Playing level is the main consideration of the organizers in assigning house bands. Our house keyboardist and drummer generally bring their own instruments. If you play on drums or keys, you are welcome to sign up to play, but permission to play will be at the discretion of the owners of these instruments.
If you are a guitarist or bass player, you MUST bring your own electric instrument to be allowed to play. The house generally provides a bass amp and a guitar amp, so please do not bring your own amp as floor space is limited. If a particular jam needs these amps, we will announce that.
Due to time constraints, we may have to limit the number of spots per instrument (voice is an instrument). There will be a sign-up sheet. We endeavor to ensure that everyone who signs up will be called to play or sing on at least one tune, but this isn't guaranteed.
We will try to call you up in the order your signed up, but this may not always be possible (or make sense) when, say, 3 players of the same instrument have signed up consecutively. Also, when you play, please limit your solo choruses to a reasonable number!
RSVP's "Yes" means you plan to attend. RSVP's mean all members get to share the excitement that YOU are planning to be there!
Most importantly, let's have fun and learn! Music performance isn't meant for oneself, but rather the sake of others. Music is for sharing; This is our main philosophy.