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jam session
▪ Baker was first heard no record in a public jam session of 1941 and quickly established an unbeatable reputation in London clubs.
▪ Then on Sunday night all styles will merge in a monumental jam session.
jam session

n. (context music English) An informal gathering of musicians to play music, especially improvised jazz or a similar genre.

jam session

n. an impromptu jazz concert

Jam Session (film)

Jam Session is a 1942 short film, directed by Josef Berne, which shows Duke Ellington and his orchestra performing C Jam Blues.

In 2001, the United States Library of Congress deemed the 3-minute, black-and-white film "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Jam Session is included on the DVD Duke Ellington: Early Tracks from the Master of Swing (2006).

Jam session

A jam session is a musical event, process, or activity where musicians play (i.e. "jam") by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements, except for jazz standards or covers of existing songs. Original jam sessions, also 'free flow sessions', are often used by musicians to develop new material (music) and find suitable arrangements. Both styles can be used simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to evenings where a jam session coordinator or host acts as a "gatekeeper" to ensure that only appropriate-level performers take the stage, to sophisticated improvised recording sessions by professionals which are intended to be edited and released to the public.

Jam Session (software)

Studio Session is a 1986 software program for Macintosh computers, for music creation and playback. It was created by Macintosh and Newton pioneer Steve Capps and musician Ed Bogas. The program was published by Impulse, Inc..
The software differed from other audio creation packages as it used 8-bit audio samples of real instruments rather than sounds generated by the Macintosh sound chip, as did packages such as MusicWorks and Deluxe Music Construction Set (DMCS). It was capable of playing back 8 tracks simultaneously. There were two modes or screens, the authoring screen and the playback-only screen. In the authoring screen, the user entered notes on a staff with treble and bass clef using the mouse, and selecting the duration of the note with on-screen buttons or keyboard shortcuts. In the playback screen, an animated simulation of a VU-meter was displayed for each track.
The package shipped with a selection of several sampled instruments and several add-on packages were later released, such as the Heavy Metal Instrument pack that included more drum and guitar samples. Other packs were Country and Brass.
The music samples provided were created by Gary Clayton working with Ed Bogas' band. The user was not provided with any software for creating their own instruments for use in Studio Session, however it was possible to record new instruments or convert existing samples using commercially available audio-editing software such as SoundWave from Impulse Inc with the MacNifty Audio Digitzer.

Jam session (disambiguation)

Jam session is musicians' informal group playing.

Jam session may also refer to:

  • Jam Session (film), 1942 short film featuring Duke Ellington
  • Jam Session, a 1944 American film directed by Charles Barton
  • Jam Sessions, video game
  • Jam Session (software)
  • Jam Session, Japanese documentary about the making of Kikujiro

See also:

  • Jamming (dance)
Jam Session (album)

Jam Session is a live album by American trumpeters Clifford Brown, Clark Terry and Canadian trumpeter Maynard Ferguson featuring tracks recorded in early 1954 and released on the EmArcy label. The album was recorded at the same session that produced Dinah Washington's Dinah Jams and is often credited to the Clifford Brown All Stars.

Jam Session (1999 film)

is a 1999 film directed by Makoto Shinozaki. It is a documentary of the making of Takeshi Kitano's film Kikujiro. It was produced and distributed by Office Kitano and was screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival and other festivals.

Usage examples of "jam session".

He supposed that in the old days this would have been called a jam session, but it was too remote and intellectual for that.

It contained the hot, acid blare, the frenetic, jittering runs of a jam session.

Four hours after that, with our Permanent Party back up to full speed, and roaring merrily into its second week-it turned out that Solace had recorded that entire monster jam session, digitally-the phone rang.

They would split up, get together with other friends for a jam session now and again, but it would be a hobby, nothing more.

He's dressed in yellow satin shorts and a trombone and he and his pals are putting on a jam session.

He and Dwight planned a massive prayer session in their apartment that they envisioned as a cosmic Woodstock, a jam session of every god, deva, and angel.

Or, since I tend to think in musical terms, it's a story that lends itself to something of a cross between chamber music and a jam session.

Music will give place to jiving: which as far as I can make out means holding a 'jam session' round a piano (an instrument properly intended to produce the sounds devised by, say, Chopin) and hitting it so hard that it breaks.

Last night he'd played at a jam session and lots of friends who knew both him and his ex-wife had seen him.

From behind the man's silhouetted figure came the faint sounds of a jam session holding forth in the unseen rooms.

A human jazz composer, had any been watching, would have understood he was seeing a jam session.

Of course, he would also have thought it was a jam session being played by homicidal maniacs, and would be desperately looking for an elephant gunbut, again, all those concepts were alien to Ekhat, and beneath their notice.

In the midst of a talk-through jam session - Harper and Jandra four-handing it on the Steinway while Annek‚.

Of course, he would also have thought it was a jam session being played by homicidal maniacs, and would be desperately looking for an elephant gun—.

The food was good, the conversation after was even better, and after a while I did manage to get a jam session going around the campfire that had been built, with the two guys I'd spotted earlier plus a few other camping musicians who'd been attracted by the noise and party atmosphere.