I just noticed I forgot to write about our next jam (Oct 2nd). It’s kind of late now so this will be brief.
If you are a jazz fan, all you need to know is you are welcome to join us! You may learn a bit about jazz and will enjoy our music. The band tomorrow is terrific: Darren Sterud – trombone, Mark Davis – keys, John Mesoloras – bass, and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums. These guys are all college and/or high school educators as well as busy performing musicians.
If you are a jamming musician the featured tune is “Sister Sadie.” It’s an AABA tune and the A section chord progression consists of just one chord: G7. Like “So What” and other tunes of this type it can be challenging to fill all that space while maintaining interest and keeping the form. Thinking in 4 and 8 bar phrases can help you keep track of where you are, and alternating between ideas using different pitch sets like mixolydian , dominant bebop, and blues scales helps with variety. Alternating ideas between eighth note lines and more rhythmically interesting lines adds variety, too.