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: Joe Raia
Joe Raia grew up in Lexington, MA, and graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied saxophone and clarinet with the world-renowned woodwind instructor, the late great Joe Viola, and studied composition and arranging with Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, and Greg Hopkins. A stalwart in the New England blues, R&B and jazz scene, he has performed with many Boston Music Awards winners and nominees, Boston Battle of the Blues Bands winners, and has performed in 11 countries in North America and Europe. In addition to teaching performed in 11 countries in North America and Europe. In addition to teaching saxophone at WCMS, he is also a woodwind instructor for the Wellesley Public Schools.
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)