West SF Valley Jazz Jam

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Brent's place

22251 Bassett St. · Canoga Park, CA

How to find us

Near Topanga and Vanowen

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This jam session is for musicians who want to practice playing jazz standards. I play bass, and the rest of the instrumentation varies from week to week depending on who signs up.

To make sure everyone has a good time and never has to wait around for a chance to play, I have to limit attendance. I can't guarantee a slot for everyone every week, but if you don't get in on the week you want, I'll reserve the next available slot for you.

• Max 2 pianos, 2 guitars, 1 drummer, 1 singer, 1 percussion, 4 horns. If more than that sign up, I will put them on the waitlist. (Accordions, mandolins, violins, ukes, etc., count as a horn.)

• If you miss a session because you are waitlisted, I will be happy to pre-RSVP you for the next available session before it's publicly posted, so you will be guaranteed a spot.

• If you need to cancel on an RSVP, please cancel immediately through the website. This will give others a chance to play.

• IMPORTANT! If you do not show up and did not cancel your RSVP with at least 4 hours notice, you're wasting a space that someone else would probably like to fill. Please don't do this. I understand if you need to cancel at the last minute on occasion, but habitual no-shows will have to be removed from the list.


The only requirement to join us is that you are familiar with the basics of jazz and can get through simple cycle-of-fifths and blues tunes. If you own a Real Book and can play a few tunes out of it, you'll do fine. We'll have some easy, slow tunes and probably some hard and fast ones, too.

SINGERS: Please see the note below about material.

Call whatever tune you want in whatever tempo and key you like, as long as it's jazz! It helps if you know the melodies for the tunes you want to call. A few tunes we often play: All Blues, Autumn Leaves, Blue Bossa, Blue Monk, Desafinado, Footprints, Girl from Ipanema, My Funny Valentine, Nostalgia in Times Square, Oleo, Rhythm-a-Ning, Satin Doll, Stella by Starlight, Take Five, etc.

Please bring a Real Book in your instrument's key, or a phone or tablet with iRealPro. I do have a few spares but I can't guarantee I'll have the book you need. If you have a piece of music you want to play that's not in Real Book 1 or 2, please bring copies for everybody.


EVERYBODY: I have music stands, chairs, etc.

SINGERS: If you've never attended before, I will ask you to tell me 4 jazz standards you can sing and what keys you want to sing them in. If you haven't done this work beforehand, we will lose a lot of jamming time helping you figure out your material and keys. (If you don't know what keys work for you, send me a message and I can help.) You are also invited to sing on tunes other people call, if you know the tune and can sing it in the key they call. I have a PA system and microphones, so you won't need to bring any gear.

KEYBOARDISTS: I have two digital pianos and a Hammond M3 organ, or bring your own keyboard if you prefer. I have a PA system you can play through, or you can bring an amp.

DRUMMERS: I have a small kit. I do have cymbals, but you will probably want to bring your own, and if you want you can bring your own snare, stool, etc. I also have a conga, bongos, shakers, etc.

GUITARISTS: I have a small amp, but encourage you to bring your own. Acoustic players can use a microphone or pickup and play through the PA if they wish.