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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After hours of nonstop dancing, Rob Thomas took his guitar out and performed a late-night jam session while tamales, esquites, and tacos were served up as snacks on the beach—the perfect ending to this beautiful, bohemian wedding. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside Malin Akerman and Jack Donnelly’s Barefoot Wedding on the Beach," 3 Dec. 2018 In the evenings, tattooed twenty-somethings pack into venues like Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja for jam sessions and Bintang beer. Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yogyakarta Is the Cultural Hub to Hit on Your Next Trip to Southeast Asia," 16 Nov. 2018 Visit the on-site museum or take in a performance or jam session, typically held on weekend evenings. Jennifer Fernandez, WSJ, "Escape to Buffalo: A Skeptic’s Guide to a Great Weekend Getaway," 6 Sep. 2018 The 18th annual Old Post Bluegrass Jam will be held Feb. 11 at the Jefferson Student Union on the Vincennes University campus in Vincennes, Ind. Musicians are invited to bring their acoustic instruments to join in during jam sessions. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Ski racing in northern Wisconsin, military discounts in Lake Geneva and more," 24 Jan. 2018 Worried about his early morning dad bus stop duties the following day, Grohl had planned his escape around 10:30, but after Sir Paul's impromptu jam session everyone looked to Dave to do his bit. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Foo Fighters Rip Through 'Best of You' on 'Late Late Show' in London: Watch," 22 June 2018 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

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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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