Your Common Song Jams
(Rusty Relaxed Social Jazz Karaoke Jams)
To see introduction information and register with the group please go to the Kijiji ad then message John.
Unfortunately we lost our first location due to large gaps between songs during live performance in front of
the location's regulars. They got frustrated with it and management listened to their regulars. The gaps
were small during the scheduled songs. Continuing past the schedule songs caused large gaps because
we were searching for common songs in the fake books. We now have a new location and won't make that
mistake again. To prevent large gaps between songs these jams are now fully pre-planned using this
website and the jam is not scheduled until we have 2 hours of songs. After the scheduled songs are over I
pack up. Pre-Planning has other benefits too. Pre-planning allows us to jam jazz which is more complex
than simple blues based jazz. Pre-planning allows members to initiate songs in advance which allows
others to join in and be sure they are using the same Fake Book (to see why players need to be using the
same fake book click here). Pre-planning allows songs to be pre-practiced for better playing (these are
rusty jam/performances). Pre-planning allows me to create Band In A Box backing track files in advance
just in case members are missing and to prevent speeding up beyond the speed people practiced at.
The jams are scheduled at three locations like this. Before a jam date is set the "Jam Date" column of the
"Jam Information Table" below will say "Needs People". At this time the schedule contains only the songs I
can play well enough to jam. The monthly newsletter gives members a link to pull up the schedule for each
location such that the schedules built in email form has a button allowing them to email me. The first person
to email me initiates the jam. I update the Jam Information table below to have the "Jam Date" and I send an
email to the group asking others to participate. I generally give myself a week to practice at least the rhythm
part on new songs so a member is never jamming alone with "Band In A Box" backing tracks. Jams are a
month apart encouraging members to learn 1 or 2 songs for the next jam.
To fully understand this website please watch the website tutorial. It is found at this YouTube link or by
searching YouTube for "jazz karaoke jams tutorial". It shows you everything you need to know. Even if you
are a none member I highly recommend you learn-by-doing and immediately do everything you see in the
tutorial as you see it. You can't hurt anything. Once you understand the process you are ready.
Jam Information Table