JazzWorks Monthly Jams
Enjoy an hour long concert by the Host Band, then sign up to play or just listen!
Interested in hosting a JazzWorks jam session?
We are now looking for host bands for the 2018-19 season.
Hosting a JazzWorks jam is an opportunity to:
Please contact our Jam Session Coordinator, Tim Leah, if you are interested.
Thanks to our volunteers!
For Host Bands:
How a jam session works
Since the very early days of jazz, jam sessions have played an important role in the development of the jazz art form and the skill of its performers. The tradition is to form ensembles created on the spot to perform tunes that are usually well known to the performers.
The musicians can do this any way they like, but the usual form is for the musicians to perform the main theme of the piece as a group, with each musician playing an improvised solo based on the theme. Then the group returns to the main theme.
Participation in jam sessions can present a challenging learning and musical growth opportunity for even the most advanced and professional performing artists. The artistic outcome changes constantly, with the combination of instruments/voices and the skill of the musicians. But at JazzWorks jam sessions the aim is to provide a supportive climate for all musicians, regardless of skill level.
How to participate
Jazz musicians — instrumentalists and singers — of all ages are welcome to attend. The host band begins performing at 8:00.
Calling or joining a song at a jam
Keep it quick and simple:
Check the Ottawa Jazz Happenings Calendar to see who is hosting this month!
So you want to sing at a JazzWorks Jam Session?
Download a PDF file with handy tips for having the best possible experience as a singer at a JazzWorks jam session
Our jam venue host: Festival Japan
For more jam session photos, check out the Jam Gallery