(July 11-August 29) THE JAM SESSION: A JAZZ ARTIST INCUBATOR (IN PERSON)

Taught by Rodney Bowe

at Outpost Performance Space

Time: 6:00pm     Day: Monday     Doors: 5:30pm     Ages: All Ages     Price: $90 - $100
Tags: class

July 11-August 29 (8 weeks, 6-7:30pm)
$100/$90 Members
Class limit: 12  /  Minimum: 7

It is where jazz artists go to “cut their chops,” to experiment, to spread their improvisatory wings, and to gain ensemble experience.  It is the essential cradle of spontaneity, invention, inspiration.  Listening to a jam session, one might never know if the artists had played together before or if they even knew one another, but that doesn’t matter—because they all know the basic rules!  How does this work?  How does one learn the universal language, the rules, the protocols of jamming together?  Where does one start?  In this course, we will de-mystify, and prepare you for jamming with other jazz lovers.  Using standard tunes that are part of the standard jazz repertoire, we will learn how to approach and dive into jazz charts, how to communicate with others in the ensemble, how to know when to “comp” and when to “solo” and many more spoken an unspoken rules of the JAM SESSION.  Singers, players, all levels welcome.  Let’s jam!

In keeping with the CoVid Safe policies of the Outpost Performance Space, masks must be worn by all who can do so and still play their instruments (i.e. drummers, bass players, keyboard players, etc). We are no longer requiring proof of vaccination or negative PCR test to participate in the in-person classes.  We will continue to make an effort to maximize the distance between participants in the in-person classes!

Rodney Bowe has been a popular, working, New Mexico-based professional bassist, vocalist and band leader for over 40 years.  He studied jazz bass at Eastern New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico and has studied with Ray Brown, Abraham Laboriel, and Gary Willis.  Bowe recently performed with the nationally acclaimed Ron McCurdy Langston Hughes Project.