Once a month, jazz combos comprising students from local colleges and high schools open the program, followed by a student jam session hosted by a professional trio. All young (or youngish) students aspiring to a career in jazz — including those who are learning on the bandstands and in the public squares — are encouraged to turn out for the jam session that concludes each outing. No cover charge and no advance sign up required. Call the shop for further information — 415-586-3733.
On October 31, from 5 to 8pm, a sextet from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music will open, with a jam session to follow — open to all students of the music — hosted by the Tammy Lynne Hall Trio.
These student performances/sessions are co-produced and underwritten by Jazz in the Neighborhood and Bird & Beckett Books. The students in the combos receive a small stipend and the professional musicians receive a guaranteed fair wage. Admission is free, but audience donations are very much appreciated and necessary to sustain the series.
Coming up, on November 7 and December 5, the SFCM’s RJAM program will field combos; and in 2022 we’ll open it up to the many schools all around the Bay Area that have solid jazz education programs.
On Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, November 28, we do believe we’ll open the shop and clear the stage at 5pm for a three-hour all-comers jam session — students and old hands alike! Watch our website for details. If you’re interested in participating, call us now at 415-586-3733. That will help us determine whether we should go ahead with the plan.
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site