Cara Lombardo’s piece about the jam was published in last week’s print and online versions of the Badger Herald. Thanks, Cara! Many of you that were interviewed by Cara are mentioned in the story. Check it out!

For our upcoming jam on November 15th the band is Paul Hastil – keys, Ken Hoffman – sax, Joey Banks – drums, and Lucas Koehler – bass.  The featured tune is Horace Silver’s, “Song for My Father.” Horace Silver wrote many great jazz songs and this may be his most well known. You probably already know the opening bass line if you’ve heard Steely Dan’s, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” and you’ve heard the horn riff if you are familiar with Stevie Wonder’s, “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing.” ”

Song for My Father” is a common tune at jazz jams, and an easy song to learn: the melody is catchy and the chords are basic. Listen to the original recording for ideas. The piano and sax solos are lessons on motivic development. Lead sheets and a play-along can be found at Learn Jazz Standards. Here’s the original: