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 From those first Flintstones-y jam sessions until relatively recently, there was no good way to make money from music: Music appears so much earlier in human history than money, let alone the music industry. Adam Clair, Vox, 1 July 2024 Many of the luminaries of this period, themselves friends and mentors of the late Mr. Shabaka, fostered community in jam sessions, rehearsals and performances, at historically Black Los Angeles cultural centers in the Watts and Leimert Park areas. Essence, 20 June 2024 The celebrations seek to bring out the musician in all of us, regardless of skill level, with outdoor concerts, jam sessions, lessons and music-making of all kinds. Ed Christman, Billboard, 19 June 2024 The program also includes workshops, kids’ activations, live music, vinyl swaps, jam sessions, and more. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for jam session 

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Word History


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First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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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