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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When not on tour with either leader or sideman work, Mr. Ward hosts a jam session at the Hungry Brain, a club not far from Whistler, cementing his role in the Chicago music scene. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Stomping Off From Greenwood’ by Greg Ward Review," 17 Jan. 2019 Every Tuesday night, designer Anne Hepfer’s family holds a jam session, complete with drums, guitar, piano, and saxophone—in their living room. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Chic House Is Designed to Be a Playground—For Kids and Adults," 11 Mar. 2019 Photo: Brian Harkin for The Wall Street Journal A big part of the appeal of son jarocho is the tradition of the communal jam sessions called fandangos. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "The Folk Music That Inspired ‘La Bamba’ Finds a New Generation of Fans," 8 Aug. 2018 That jam session is another tradition that has been dormant. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Conjuring Spirits at the Tap Family Reunion," 29 May 2018 She and Warner also return to San Jose’s Cafe Stritch on March 24 for a monthly engagement, and hit Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland on April 8 for an early performance followed by a jam session. Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle, "Faye Carol, soul prophet honored in Berkeley," 14 Mar. 2018 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

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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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