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Jam Sessions

Jun 14, 2014

The June 15 Jazz Unlimited show will be “Jam Sessions.”  Jam sessions have been going on since the music started.  They can be contests where individual players test themselves against other players.  They can be situations in which an instrumentalist can try out new ideas and techniques.  They can be auditions for jobs with a certain bandleader and they can be situations where the musicians are having fun and experiencing higher-level communication than just talking.  Jam session records belong to a subset of jazz recordings. This show will highlight the jam session work of over 80 jazz masters, among them saxophonists Johnny Hodges, Willie Smith, Benny Carter, Sonny Criss, Flip Phillips, Illinois Jacquet, Ben Webster, Wardell Gray, Jack McVea, Coleman, Hawkins and Julian Dash, among others.  A similar roll call could be made for the trumpeters and pianists on this show.

The Slide Show has my photographs of some of the artists heard in this show.

This Archive will be available until the morning og June 23, 2014

Here is a Montreux 1975 jam session on an impromptu blues ("Festival Blues") with Count Basie (p); Roy Eldridge (tp); Johnny Griffin (ts); Milt Jackson (vib); Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen (b); Louis Bellson (d)