The first hour of the event is a concert, featuring the host band - some of the finest musicians from the area and often featuring great players from NYC and beyond. After the first hour, we open it up to the "jammers" who get the opportunity sit in and hone their skills trading licks with some of the finest players in the area. Some of the best jazz can be heard here any Tuesday night! Come watch or play!!
This weeks feature/host: Daryl Lowery and friends.
Daryl Lowery, saxophonist, was born and raised in the Metropolitan New York area were he was exposed to Jazz, Soul, Funk, R&B and fell in love with these and other African American art forms. Daryl came to Boston to study at New England Conservatory and has since recorded and/or performed with such notables as immortals Dizzy Gilespie and Jackie Byard, the eclectic Ran Blake and Boston's funk legend Ellis Hall. In addition to occasional tours during the past five years with Sony Music artist Al Kooper, he performs regularly with the Boston based Soul/R&B Urban Renewal Band, the Greg Hopkins 16 Piece Jazz Orchestra and Blues After Dark. Daryl has been a Berklee College of Music faculty member since 1987.
About the Jam:
The jam balances high level playing with a spirit of welcome and community. Five host bands take turns making your visit to the jam a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Each week a different group and each week a different feel. Here you can hone your skills and trade lick's with some of the finest players in the area. Whether you're a pro or a student, you'll have a great time.
"Back in the days before jazz education moved into the conservatory, kids who wanted to watch a jazz performance or sit in with the band had to sneak into the smoke-filled bars where the musicians congregated. Now the access to the material is much more immediate through the multiple sources of media that are immediately accessible to us. Unfortunately the jazz club environment that spawned and nurtured American jazz has almost completely died out and young musicians have virtually no outlet for performance in front of a live, non-academic audience. We have created just such an environment minus the booze and cigarette smoke, on Tuesday nights where a high level group of professional jazz musicians comes in and performs a set and then opens things up for people to sit in." - Jamie Stewardson director of Jazz Rivers Music School - Weston, MA
Our Jam Leaders
1st Tuesdays Daryl Lowery w/ Berklee College Faculty
2nd Tuesdays Ted Knowlton
3rd Tuesdays Joe Raia
4th Tuesdays James Merenda
5th Tuesdays Kaoruko
Jason Yeager (piano); Dan Fox (Trombone) ; David Eure (Violin); Joe Raia (tenor sax)