Jazz Jam Session HOWTO
The Grand Social, Dublin, every Monday night at 8:00pm (music at 8:30pm)
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Each tune goes roughly like this
- Optional intro
- Head (main melody)
- Solos (same chord changes as head)
- Trading fours with drums or drums solo
- Head again
- Optional tag/outro
- Learn at least one tune well, then call that tune at the jam.
- Bring a copy of the Real Book, or get the iReal Pro App and download the jazz charts. This lets you join in on tunes you may not have memorized. We also have PDFs of lots of Real Books here.
- If you use music / phone / tablet, bring a music stand.
- Play short solos, as a general rule. If you like to “get into it”, do that on one tune, and leave space for others in other tunes. It's fine to skip your solo on a tune you don't know very well.
- Stand close to the other musicians. Keeping close together makes it easier to hear one another and interact. Acoustics and tuning also improve when everyone is close.
- Between tunes, get together with other musicians to decide which tune to play next.
- Make sure you hear everyone else. If you're having a hard time hearing someone from the band, let others know, so levels can be adjusted.
- We're all here to make beautiful music together. You should be able to do that with a professional or a first-timer. Everyone is responsible for making the music sound great.
Have fun and enjoy yourself!
Sources / reading links
Start: The Jazz Jam Session: What To Know Before You Go by Aimee Nolte (YouTube)
Jazz Jam Session Newbie Do’s – 5 simple rules (saxymoni.com)
Also: Jam Session Etiquette (guitarlessons.net)
Advice/tips for playing Casuals and jam sessions? I'll start! (reddit.com)
Jam Session Etiquette at Teen Jazz (teenjazz.com)
Jam Session Primer by Paul Haar (music.unl.edu)
Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timer’s Guide (humor, billanschell.net)
How to Survive Jazz Jam Sessions - 10 Top Tips! /// Scott's Bass Lessons (YouTube)