jam session


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That’s one long jam session. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 20 Nov. 2022 This event will be followed by a jam session. Arkansas Online, 9 Nov. 2022 The jam session continued until daybreak. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Feb. 2023 Unforgettable outdoor jam session, anyone? Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2021 On its own, that jam session is a nearly uninterrupted highlight reel of thrills and inspirations, and the musicians embrace the playful air of competitive showmanship that adds to the conviviality of the reunion and links it to the popular, dance-hall tradition of Ellington’s concerts. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 15 June 2021 Enjoy bluegrass and country music onstage at Merle's Whiskey Kitchen, or stop by NuLu's Goodwood Brewing on Saturday afternoons for an hours-long bluegrass jam session. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 9 Mar. 2023 Upon meeting Watson, Rinzler was baffled because Watson brought his electric guitar to an acoustic jam session. Ted Olson, The Conversation, 28 Feb. 2023 To be held every Sunday, the inaugural edition will feature an all-star jam session with trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, saxophonist Christopher Hollyday, pianist Mikan Zlatkovich, bassist Rob Thorsen, drummer Jim Plank, Hofmann and many more. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jam session was in 1933

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“Jam session.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jam%20session. Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

jam session

: an informal performance by a group of musicians (as jazz musicians) who often invite visitors to join in

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