The jam returns on Sunday, July 16 with a distinguished house band featuring Ken Hoffman (tenor sax), Paul Muench (piano), John Schaffer (bass), and John Lombardo (drums). We can learn a lot from these guys. It’s a rare day when Ken Hoffman doesn’t bring smiles to listeners’ faces. Meanwhile Paul Muench and John Schaffer demonstrate the telepathic connection that comes from years of playing together at Lilliana’s and elsewhere. And when he’s not playing at the jam, John Lombardo can be heard with his trio, Swingtime Music. John also books our house bands, and we thank him for helping make the jam a success!
The band will back jammers on rewarding tunes by two mid-century masters. First we’ll play Thelonious Monk’s “Let’s Cool One,” a mid-tempo number with a distinctive quarter note melody. The lead sheet is in Real Book II, and the song appears on Monk’s album, Misterioso (1958). Check the version of “Let’s Cool One” on Monk’s Complete Riverside Recordings, Vol. IV for a “straighter” reading of the melody. The second featured tune is John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice” from the Blue Train album (1957). You can find the lead sheet in Real Book I. This one is harmonically and structurally challenging, with a 38 bar form that begins with a 22 bar intro.
We look forward seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the next jam on the 16th. See you there!