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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More than a series of concerts, the Convention includes workshops, talks and jam sessions that bring some of the country’s finest old-time music practitioners into direct contact with fans and aspiring players of all ages. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is about more than music," 10 Sep. 2019 Iron Mike's: Rough Cutt jam session, 4 p.m. July 28, 6357 S. 27th St., Franklin. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in Milwaukee this week: July 26-Aug. 1," 25 July 2019 Fire on Water: Jonny T-Bird & the MPs, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 518 N. Water St. Iron Mike’s: Steve Nitros & Friends jam session, 8 p.m. Sept. 6, 6357 S. 27th St., Franklin. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in Milwaukee this week: Sept. 6-12," 5 Sep. 2019 After a quick stop at a karaoke bar, the rest of the Objectivists, young and old, had filled the hotel’s rooftop bar for a jam session. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, "The Last of the Ayn Rand Acolytes," 14 Aug. 2019 All roads led to Memphis on Dec. 4, 1956, when a fearsome foursome of rock royalty-to-be — Elvis, Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash — converged on Sam Phillips’ Sun Records studio to engage in a jam session for the ages. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Lamb’s Players’ ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ gives real-life rockers a run for their money in Vista," 22 July 2019 The panel members proceed to do their usual deconstruction of the song with a real-time jam session. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'Songland' Recap: Aloe Blacc Hunts For a 'Hobbs & Shaw' Soundtrack Anthem," 3 July 2019 Yet the jam session has never been widely publicized or discussed, even among people who were close to both men during that time. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 While the main stage performances conclude at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, late-night and early-morning jam sessions take place on the festival grounds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "High Fidelity will add new/old twist to Summergrass bluegrass festival," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of jam session

1933, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of jam session

: 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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