Designed for students ages 9-19, Jazz Links Jam Sessions take place one Wednesday per month from October – May. Students perform with one another and with the Jazz Links house band which includes world-class, professional musicians. All are welcome to attend and hear the next generation of jazz at this free event. Free and open to the public
NEW FOR 2019-20!
The Jazz Institute of Chicago is excited to announce a new partnership with the Jazz Showcase for the 2018-19 season!
Open to the general public.
WHO CAN JAM?
Students age 9-19 perform with one another and with the Jazz Links Mentors in the house band including saxophonist Jarrard Harris, pianist Robert Irving III, bassist Katie Ernst, and drummer Marcus Evans.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE JAM SESSION?
Musicians, parents, students, siblings, and friends are all welcome and encouraged to attend these free events.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Students sign up on-site and fill out a jam session info card listing three to five tunes they can play and improvise on from memory. The jam session host calls up groups of students to perform and improvise together in front of an enthusiastic live audience.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Bring your trumpet/saxophone/trombone/voice/flute/vibes/drumsticks and a list of jazz standard tunes that you know and can improvise over. A vocal microphone, drum set, double bass, bass amp, upright piano, and a guitar amp are provided for each session.