Our next jam is December 7th, the featured tune is Groovin’ High, and our band is Dan Wallach – sax/educator, Michael Brenneis – drums, Paul Hastil – piano, and Lucas Koehler – bass. Michael’s notes are posted below. If you don’t know Groovin’ High there are many other tunes you can play. See the list of possible jam tunes.

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Switching gears….. we need your help. We are always looking at ways  to improve the jam and create more of an impact. How can we boost attendance? How can we enhance the environment for creating music, learning, and listening to jazz?

We are always open to suggestions. Unfortunately they can’t all be implemented.  Many ideas have an obvious upside, and less obvious downsides. Frequently, things are not as straightforward as they seem: there may be logistical obstacles or  what’s good for one person is bad for another. We can’t please everyone but we try our best.

With all that in mind, we are asking for your opinion about possible changes to the jam:

  1. A change in start time from 4-7 pm on Sundays to 5-8 pm. Will this make it easier to attend the jam, or just the opposite? Let us know in the poll below.
  2. Eliminate the educator role and the sometimes longish discussions after 1st set songs. Instead I would facilitate brief feedback from all members of the house band. There are two goals: continue a learning format but with less talk, more music; and save the jam money. If we pay all house band members equally (the educator was paid more), this helps offset revenue we used to receive from The Fountain. What do you think? Please use the poll below.

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