It continues to look like The Rigby is going to be a great venue for the jam. All I’ve heard is positive remarks about the location, room, and food. The house band is happy, jammers are happy, and even the bartender told me how glad he was to work today.
The audience was appreciative as well. We had a larger group of fans than usual, some of them popped up from the bar below and hooted and hollered with enjoyment. It was lively and the music….whew…. it was happening! At one point local pros Darren Sterud, Dan Flynn, and Ken Hoffmann made for an all-star front line. New to town, Lawrence, wailed on his soprano sax and showed he could hang with the pros, too.
The fun will continue at our next jam on March 6th and there is never any drop off in our house band, one all-star group after another. The band will be Dave Stoler – keys, John Mesoloras – bass, John Lombardo – drums, and Eric Koppa – sax. The featured tune is “Tune-Up.”
“Tune-Up is credited to Miles Davis and is another song with 2-5-1 progressions descending by whole step. It is basically a 16 bar song with a 1st and 2nd ending. A chord sheet and playalong are available at Learn Jazz Standards. The 1st ending (bars 13-16) may seem unusual. There are several ways to think about these 4 bars and I suggest reading this forum thread if you want to learn more. At many jams this song is played very fast but we’ll play it medium to make it less intimidating.
Here are 2 videos to listen to. First up is Miles, followed by Chris Potter playing solo. The Chris Potter clip should keep you from becoming complacent, give you something to shoot for. 🙂