Your Common Song Jams
(Rusty Relaxed Jazz Jams Club)
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 & sticking to the practiced schedule helps prevent losing our
hard to find location. 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.
In March 2019 I implemented a "3-Song-Guarantee Jam-Sharing-Procedure" for organizing jams primarily
to increase attendance so we ensure we keep our jam location. Members love it because they get both
playing breaks and some socializing time. It has 4 phases. Needs People Phase (Starts the morning after a
jam when I send an email asking any member to pick a jam date and initiate 3-guaranteed-songs. Normally
lasts 1 day). Build Jam Schedule Phase (Additional members initiate 3-guaranteed-songs. It lasts until the
jam schedule has 15 songs. If the jam schedule does not have 15 songs by day seven I add songs to give
us 15). Join In Phase (Members request to participate in extra-songs which are on the jam schedule. If they
did not submit 3-guaranteed-songs already they first submit their 3-guaranteed-songs then their extra-
songs). Distribute Extra Songs And Practice Phase (Extra song requests are distributed fairly on day one of
this phase. It lasts for two weeks so members can practice). So far this Jam-Sharing-Procedure is
increasing attendance. I expect it will eventually pack our jams.
In the table below you see three jam locations. So far jams have all been at the top location. You click the
schedule button to see the jam schedule. Members initiate a jam, initiate songs and join in on songs by
updating the Custom-Input-Form which is built into right into the jam schedule. They then click one of two
buttons to send an email to me so I can update the jam schedule (only members see these email buttons).
At first glance the Custom-Input-Form looks intimidating but members get a Quick Start Guide that gets
them using the Custom-Input-Form within about 10 minutes. Once you get through this fairly short learning
curve the custom-input-form is extremely easy to use and members love it. The quick start guide indicates
just how fast each procedure can be done. It is 1,000s of times better than regular email.
Jam Information Table