Calling all women jazz instrumentalists and swing music fans!

I want to play at a jam! What do I need to know?

Below are answers to most questions you might have about playing at a jam. If we haven't answered your questions here, please email us or call 212-504-3046. We can't wait to hear you!

1. What kind of players are you looking for?

 

Women high school age through seasoned professional -- anyone who can hold their own improvising on an old school standard jazz tune. All instruments welcome, especially sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drums.

2. What song should I play?

 

In the spirit of the Sweethearts of Swing era (1940s), we'd love the jam to focus on Great American Songbook standards. Think songs popularized by Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie. But all music is welcome.

3. Do I need to bring my own music for the band?

 

The headliner band will have a real book of standards, so you should be covered. If there is something very specific you want to be sure to be able to play, feel free to bring a few copies of a leadsheet for it.

5. I'm a singer, can I come sing with the band?

 

As the focus of the jam is to highlight instrumentalists, they will be given priority. However, if someone calls a song you know and you would like to sing, you are welcome to join in!

4. I'm a bass player, will there be a bass I can play?

 

Yes! There will be an upright bass with an amp that you can play.

© 2015 BY Natalie Wilson & Kat Sherrell
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