I'm posting this so people will know about it, but haven't been to these and I am not the organizer of this-- in fact it's hard to tell who organizes it; maybe Cornish and Cafe Racer? Found out about it from Randy Cole on SAJM. See the Racer Sessions Web Site to learn more. They've got master classes, improvisation classes, and more going on. -- Steve Jones
Every Sunday at Cafe Racer, a different artist or group is featured who performs original music and provide a short explanation of their creative process. Afterwards, a jam session takes place, often based on the concepts and approaches outlined in the opening presentation.
The Racer Sessions’ musical focus is primarily centered on improvisation—particularly free or collective improv—and frequently incorporates the aesthetic and techniques of avant-gard jazz and classical music. However, we firmly believe that, as the name suggests, free improvisation should not be limited to any particular style, creed or approach, and we warmly welcome musicians of any persuasion to share their voice.
How to Participate
During the jam session, groups spontaneously form in the room to the side of the stage. There is no sign-up process, though on occasion, the featured artist may take a more active role in organizing groups. If you’d like to play, please make yourself known to a group or to the featured artist (or anyone who looks like they know what’s going on).
To prepare for each session, we recommend that everyone reads our weekly blog, which features a post from the upcoming session’s featured artist on the process of creating his or her piece, as well as recommended listening, approaches or meditations to prepare you for the jam session.
CAVEAT: Be sure to check with Cafe Racer before going; I am not monitoring their schedule and therefore it's possible that the event could be canceled/moved by Cafe Racer in the event of a holiday, etc. -- Steve Jones