The last jam of the year takes place on Sunday, December 17. The house band will feature a potent mix of veteran players and UW jazz educators: Dave Cooper (tpt), Paul Muench (pno), Lucas Koehler (bs), and Matt Endres (dr). The tunes of the week are Miles’s “All Blues” and Ellington’s “Perdido.” Lately each jam has featured two different tunes for jammers to practice before coming out to play. We envisioned having a basic number for beginners and a more difficult tune for intermediate players. This week it’s hard to tell which tune is the easier one and which is more difficult, because they’re both easy and difficult in their own ways. Both are straightforward harmonically, so there’s not much to worry about there. But “All Blues” could be a tricky if you’re not used to improvising in compound meter (in multiples of three beats to the bar – this one’s in 6). And while “Perdido” is not tough harmonically, it’s often taken at a brisk enough tempo to prove a challenge for intermediate improvisers.
Whether you consider these tunes easy or tough, we look forward to hearing you play them on the 17th. Come join this crack house band and other local musicians to blow a coda for 2017!