jam session


Definition of jam session

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

Examples of jam session in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This scene, set amid the shadows of an after-hours jam session, tears through the screen with its emotional immediacy. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 Starr would be an ideal choice to induct Preston and then join McCartney, Foo Fighters and others for a jam session. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2021 Last month, the singer shared a sweet video on Instagram of his baby girl Mary, who had a cute jam session to her dad's new music. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2021 For the most part, however, the show was loose and powerful like fiery late-night jam session. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 The singer shared a sweet video on Instagram Friday featuring his 19-month-old daughter Mary, who had a cute jam session to her dad's new music. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Asbury Park’s deep musical roots were at the forefront again during a post-Pearl Jam jam session on Saturday with Clinch and the Tangiers Blues Band at the Stone Pony. Jem Aswad, Variety, 20 Sep. 2021 Like, a jam session to me would be like getting toenails pulled out. Alex Suskind, EW.com, 24 Aug. 2021 From left: Co-owner Walt Adams behind the counter at the hotel Maison Madeleine’s Jesus Bar, near Lafayette; a jam session at the Blue Moon Saloon, also in Lafayette. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of jam session

1933, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jam session

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“Jam session.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jam%20session. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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