When Sunday afternoon jam sessions began last spring, they started slowly, not nearly as well-attended as the regular third-Thursday jams, which have been going on for more than a decade.
This wasn't all bad. Those who attended liked the quieter, more relaxed atmosphere. With fewer musicians in attendance there was more of a chance to play, sometimes for more than one tune. With less of a crowd there was less of a noise, more listening, a better chance to heard without cranking up the volume.
Still, it would nice to see more people out this coming Sunday (Oct. 6) when the fall Sunday jam season kicks off at 2 p.m. Among the many reasons to attend is the opportunity to hear a band of young musicians, students of the fine pianist Yves Laroche, make their jam session debut. The band, which is, for the moment, called the Bells Corners Academy of Music Jazz Trio, comprises Alex Lim-Sersan, piano, Alec Zhang, bass, and Cameron Macdonald, drums. When the idea of Sunday afternoon jams began, one of the aims was to attract more student musicians, so it seems to be working. And if you feel like coming early to learn how to be a set-up wizard, one of those valuable creatures who can help make a sound-system work, feel free to drop by between 12:30-2 and 2.
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About this blog
Tune Up won't be a calendar of events — Ottawa Jazz Happenings takes care of that. But it will discuss events and issues of interest to the JazzWorks community. Journalist, author, trumpet player and a jazz camper since 1999, Charley Gordon is a former vice-president of JazzWorks.