jam session


Definition of jam session 

: an often impromptu performance by a group especially of jazz musicians that is characterized by improvisation

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The jam sessions that unfolded at Bop City between 2 and 6 a.m. were legendarily hot and ferociously competitive. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "When Miles Davis and Charlie Parker were in SF, this was the go-to club," 23 June 2018 Traditionally, all inductees get together for an all-star jam session to close out the ceremony. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Richie Sambora Talks Bon Jovi Reunion at Rock Hall of Fame: 'Everybody Falls Back Into Place'," 6 Apr. 2018 Get the Band Back Together jam sessions in a garage. Tanika Davis, baltimoresun.com, "If parents went to summer camp," 27 June 2018 Image Twenty-odd years ago, Gerald Cyrus wandered into a Monday night jam session at St. Nick’s Pub, a jazz club in Harlem. New York Times, "In These Harlem Jazz Clubs, Musicians and Audience Became One," 3 May 2018 Warren and Judy Waldron lead impromptu mountain music jam sessions. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: June 18-24," 18 June 2018 Karaoke Jam Session Post-WWI Honor Society of American Veterans known as the 40+8 of Palm Beach County, holds a weekly Karaoke jam session on Saturday nights, with dinner for $8. 6-7 p.m. 1130 Clare Ave, West Palm Beach. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The story is a fictional gloss on the story of the real Viktor Tsoi (the swoony Teo Yoo), who helped lead the rock revolt in grungy clubs, jam sessions and pastoral idylls. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "The Best and Worst of Cannes, Maybe Coming to a Theater Near You," 17 May 2018 Imagine: being able to walk into a jam session with an instrument, sit down for a minute or two to get the feel of it, and then just joining a sort of conversation. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of jam session

1933, in the meaning defined above

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: a gathering or performance in which musicians play together informally without any preparation : a session in which musicians jam with each other

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