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Amazing jam session - Three random guys sing together
Amazing jam session - Three random guys sing together
Published: 2014/05/17
Channel: Chris Cooper
Improvised Jam Session
Improvised Jam Session
Published: 2013/01/13
Channel: Helmsdrums
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan - Blues Jam Session
Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan - Blues Jam Session
Published: 2014/09/01
Channel: Carsten Blom
The Amazing Jam Session Guys feat. Trey Songz, Juicy J & Aloe Blacc
The Amazing Jam Session Guys feat. Trey Songz, Juicy J & Aloe Blacc
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: Jimmy Kimmel Live
Subway jam session - wait for the passenger freestyle!
Subway jam session - wait for the passenger freestyle!
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: BlissfulNomad
Girl joins rapper in the subway for an impromptu jam session (INFIDELIX ft. EllandM)
Girl joins rapper in the subway for an impromptu jam session (INFIDELIX ft. EllandM)
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: EllandM
Zac Brown Band - Jam Session (Adele - "He Won
Zac Brown Band - Jam Session (Adele - "He Won't Go")
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: Zac Brown Band
Coldsteel Jam Session|BYOS|
Coldsteel Jam Session|BYOS|
Published: 2015/01/26
Channel: Harvey Thompson
Cory Henry & Nick Semrad - Full Jam session at NAMM 2016
Cory Henry & Nick Semrad - Full Jam session at NAMM 2016
Published: 2016/02/25
Channel: NordKeyboards
Amazing jam session - Random guitarist busker Jam with NPNG Crew.
Amazing jam session - Random guitarist busker Jam with NPNG Crew.
Published: 2014/05/21
Channel: Mantistmusic
Jam Session with Strangers - Diego and Lono at Norman
Jam Session with Strangers - Diego and Lono at Norman's Rare Guitars
Published: 2016/09/04
Channel: Normans Rare Guitars
AWESOME JAM SESSION RUINED by a random IDIOT! (KICKS GIRL!!!!)
AWESOME JAM SESSION RUINED by a random IDIOT! (KICKS GIRL!!!!)
Published: 2014/08/13
Channel: Xavier Darlina
Eric Clapton, Keith Richards & Chuck Berry - Jam Session
Eric Clapton, Keith Richards & Chuck Berry - Jam Session
Published: 2013/04/28
Channel: American Blues Scene
Berklee Sunday Night Jam Session
Berklee Sunday Night Jam Session
Published: 2011/06/20
Channel: Jonathan Newman
TOP 5 Piano Jam Sessions on the Street
TOP 5 Piano Jam Sessions on the Street
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: Piano Around the World
Watch Groovy Police Officers Break Out Into Silly Elevator Jam Session
Watch Groovy Police Officers Break Out Into Silly Elevator Jam Session
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: Inside Edition
Jam Session!!! Paul Brown & Peter Farrell - Fender Stratocaster & 1954 Gibson ES-175N
Jam Session!!! Paul Brown & Peter Farrell - Fender Stratocaster & 1954 Gibson ES-175N
Published: 2018/01/11
Channel: Normans Rare Guitars
Best Jam Session | Bass Guitar & Drum Duet
Best Jam Session | Bass Guitar & Drum Duet
Published: 2013/12/15
Channel: Хорошо Посланник
AMAZING JAM SESSION!!! Grant Geissman, Tim Pierce, Jason Sinay & Jason Scheff
AMAZING JAM SESSION!!! Grant Geissman, Tim Pierce, Jason Sinay & Jason Scheff
Published: 2017/12/31
Channel: Normans Rare Guitars
JAM SESSION WITH FRIENDS (cajon, guitar and violon)
JAM SESSION WITH FRIENDS (cajon, guitar and violon)
Published: 2015/05/17
Channel: Raphaël Surmont Drum Channel
Haywyre - Jam Session
Haywyre - Jam Session
Published: 2016/06/12
Channel: Terenzi Quentin
Minilogue: Studio Jam Session
Minilogue: Studio Jam Session
Published: 2014/02/06
Channel: Ableton
Small
Small's Jazz Jam Session - With Joel Frahm
Published: 2013/07/17
Channel: sirka111
Easy Blues Play-Along 1 - How to play at your first jam session
Easy Blues Play-Along 1 - How to play at your first jam session
Published: 2013/02/10
Channel: JustNickMusic
Strategia wysokiej skuteczności, Konrad Zaszczudłowicz, #80 Trading Jam Session
Strategia wysokiej skuteczności, Konrad Zaszczudłowicz, #80 Trading Jam Session
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: TradingJam
Random subway jam session turns into proposal!
Random subway jam session turns into proposal!
Published: 2013/05/21
Channel: Andrew Teng
Berklee Jam Session
Berklee Jam Session
Published: 2008/02/29
Channel: abrahamolivo
NO SUNSHINE - Episode 4 - Costa Rica Jam Sessions
NO SUNSHINE - Episode 4 - Costa Rica Jam Sessions
Published: 2017/09/13
Channel: Costa Rica Jam Sessions
Grandmaster Jam Session | Thor Ragnarok Soundtrack
Grandmaster Jam Session | Thor Ragnarok Soundtrack
Published: 2017/10/20
Channel: Cinephile
Unchained Melody Cover (Stan Walker Jam session)
Unchained Melody Cover (Stan Walker Jam session)
Published: 2013/04/06
Channel: Cold Classics Barbershop NZ
RUMORS OF WAR - Costa Rica Jam Sessions - Episode 1
RUMORS OF WAR - Costa Rica Jam Sessions - Episode 1
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Costa Rica Jam Sessions
The Jazz Jam Session: What To Know Before You Go
The Jazz Jam Session: What To Know Before You Go
Published: 2016/12/14
Channel: Aimee Nolte Music
JAM SESSION T429 - Inv. "Luis Salinas"
JAM SESSION T429 - Inv. "Luis Salinas"
Published: 2014/11/28
Channel: TVjamsession
Dave Stewart Jam Session - Hollywood and Vine
Dave Stewart Jam Session - Hollywood and Vine
Published: 2011/02/25
Channel: Dave Stewart
How to Speak in a JAM Session || IT Careers
How to Speak in a JAM Session || IT Careers
Published: 2015/07/22
Channel: TalentSprint Coding Bootcamp
Bateria Odery Fluence Jam Session White Ash Sound Check Drum Set
Bateria Odery Fluence Jam Session White Ash Sound Check Drum Set
Published: 2014/08/12
Channel: Batera Clube
Zico Trio no Batera Clube Jam Session Brazilian Fusion Concert
Zico Trio no Batera Clube Jam Session Brazilian Fusion Concert
Published: 2015/02/24
Channel: Batera Clube
Blues Jam Session con Stay Free Band al Jazz Club di Firenze 22-10-2013
Blues Jam Session con Stay Free Band al Jazz Club di Firenze 22-10-2013
Published: 2013/10/23
Channel: PazzoComeSydBarrett
JAM SESSION - So Much More Than This by Grace VanderWaal
JAM SESSION - So Much More Than This by Grace VanderWaal
Published: 2018/01/07
Channel: NBA
Secret Jam Session Hotel Cafe March 20th 2016 John Mayer
Secret Jam Session Hotel Cafe March 20th 2016 John Mayer
Published: 2016/03/21
Channel: scott lee
Jam Sessions Class by Aasrita Gampa at IGNITE 2012-Hyderabad
Jam Sessions Class by Aasrita Gampa at IGNITE 2012-Hyderabad
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: IMPACT FOUNDATION
ONE OK ROCK - Taking Off [Studio Jam Session]
ONE OK ROCK - Taking Off [Studio Jam Session]
Published: 2016/12/01
Channel: ONEOKROCKchannel
Jam Session & Pasta Apocalypse
Jam Session & Pasta Apocalypse
Published: 2018/01/18
Channel: Burger Planet
Junior Anger Management | “Henry Danger” | “JAM Session” | Dan Schneider
Junior Anger Management | “Henry Danger” | “JAM Session” | Dan Schneider
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: DanWarp
Rock Band 4 Jam Session
Rock Band 4 Jam Session
Published: 2015/10/09
Channel: Achievement Hunter
Cool Trader Mind 3.0, Jacek Kubrak, #84 Trading Jam Session 08.09.2017
Cool Trader Mind 3.0, Jacek Kubrak, #84 Trading Jam Session 08.09.2017
Published: 2017/09/08
Channel: TradingJam
Luis Salinas en Jam Session - "Todavía quedan cosas"
Luis Salinas en Jam Session - "Todavía quedan cosas"
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: TVjamsession
LIFE WITH MUSIC - Costa Rica Jam Sessions - Episode 2
LIFE WITH MUSIC - Costa Rica Jam Sessions - Episode 2
Published: 2017/08/19
Channel: Costa Rica Jam Sessions
JAM SESSION Nº 15  inv. "Tano Romano" Bloque 1 de 3
JAM SESSION Nº 15 inv. "Tano Romano" Bloque 1 de 3
Published: 2011/08/08
Channel: TVjamsession
Street Music Jam Session
Street Music Jam Session
Published: 2015/01/21
Channel: Martin Guzman
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Bluegrass music jam at the Delafield Fish Hatchery.
Bluegrass music jam at the Delafield Fish Hatchery in Delafield, Wisconsin on February 8, 2009.

A jam session is a relatively informal musical event, process, or activity where musicians, typically instrumentalists, play improvised solos and vamp on tunes, songs and chord progressions. To "jam" is to improvise music without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, except for when the group is playing well-known jazz standards or covers of existing popular songs. Original jam sessions, also 'free flow sessions', are often used by musicians to develop new material (music) and find suitable arrangements. Both styles can be used simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to evenings where a jam session coordinator or host acts as a "gatekeeper" to ensure that only appropriate-level performers take the stage, to sophisticated improvised recording sessions by professionals which are intended to be broadcast live on radio or TV or edited and released to the public.

Jazz[edit]

One source for the phrase "jam session" came about in the 1920s when white and black musicians would congregate after their regular paying gigs, to play the jazz they could not play in the "Paul Whiteman" style bands they played in. When Bing Crosby would attend these sessions, the musicians would say he was "jammin' the beat", since he would clap on the one and the three. Thus these sessions became known as "jam sessions".[1] Mezz Mezzrow also gives this more detailed and self-referential description, based on his experience at the jazz speakeasy known as the Three Deuces:

"I think the term 'jam session' originated right in that cellar. Long before that, of course, the colored boys used to get together and play for kicks, but those were mostly private sessions, strictly for professional musicians, and the idea was usually to try to cut each other, each one trying to outdo the others and prove himself best. Those impromptu concerts of theirs were generally known as 'cuttin' contests.' Our idea...was to play together, to make the improvisation really collective....Down in that basement concert hall, somebody was always yelling over to me, 'Hey Jelly, what you gonna do?'--they gave me that nickname, or sometimes called me Roll, because I always wanted to play Clarence Williams' '[I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None O' This] Jelly Roll'--and almost every time I'd cap them with, 'Jelly's gonna jam some now,' just as a kind of play on words. We always used the word 'session' a lot, and I think the expression 'jam session' grew up out of this playful yelling back and forth." [2]

The New York scene during World War II was famous for its after-hours jam sessions. One of the most famous was the regular after-hours jam at Minton's Playhouse in New York City that ran in the 1940s and early 1950s. The jam sessions at Minton's were a fertile meeting place and proving ground for both established soloists like Ben Webster and Lester Young, and the younger jazz musicians who would soon become leading exponents of the bebop movement, including Thelonious Monk (Minton's house pianist), saxophone player Charlie Parker, and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. The Minton's jams had competitive "cutting contests", in which soloists would try to keep up with the house band and outdo each other in improvisational skill.[3]

Afro-Cuban music[edit]

Influenced by jazz, Cuban music saw the emergence of improvised jam sessions during the filin movement of the 1940s, where boleros, sones and other song types were performed in an extended form called descarga. During the 1950s these descargas became the basis of a new genre of improvised jams based on the son montuno with notable jazz influences pioneered by the likes of Julio Gutiérrez and Cachao. During the 1960s, descargas played an important role in the development of salsa, especially the salsa dura style.[4]

Rock[edit]

As the instrumental proficiency of pop and rock musicians improved in the 1960s and early 1970s, onstage jamming—free improvisation—also became a regular feature of rock music; bands such as Pink Floyd, Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, The Who, the Grateful Dead, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Santana, King Crimson and the Allman Brothers Band would feature live improvised performances that could last anywhere between 10 and 20 minutes. However, they can be shorter on the recorded version.

Some notable recorded jams and jam-inspired performances in the rock idiom:

Jam bands[edit]

Phish is an example of a "jam band".

Though the Grateful Dead are often credited as being the first jam band, Cream incorporated long improvisations into their songs as early as 1967. However, the Grateful Dead allowed the "jam band" to become a genre unto itself; more recent bands following in their steps include Phish, moe., Umphreys Mcgee, and Widespread Panic, all of which feature extended improvisational sessions. Other bands, such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers also regularly perform live jam sessions. Progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria often end shows with a jam session to their song "The Final Cut" with different instruments.

Bluegrass[edit]

Bluegrass pickin'.

Bluegrass music also features a tradition of jamming. Bluegrass jams happen in the parking lots and campgrounds of bluegrass festivals, in music stores, bars and restaurants and on stages. Bluegrass jams tend to be segregated by the skill level of the players. Slow jams for beginners provide an entry point. Open bluegrass jams are open to all comers, however, the players in an open jam will expect a certain level of proficiency. The abilities to hear chord progressions and keep time are prerequisite; the ability to play improvised leads that contain at least a suggestion of the melody is desired. Jams that require advanced musical proficiency are generally private, by-invitation events.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Really The Blues" by Mezz Mezzrow
  2. ^ "Really the Blues," Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, New York: Random House 1946, p. 148
  3. ^ Giddins, Gary; DeVeaux, Scott (2009). Jazz. W.W. Norton and Company, Inc. pp. 296–298. ISBN 978-0-393-06861-0. 
  4. ^ Gerard, Charley (2001). Music from Cuba: Mongo Santamaria, Chocolate Armenteros, and Cuban Musicians in the United States. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. pp. 101–126. ISBN 9780275966829. 

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