NJW Jam Session

The next Nashville Jazz Workshop jam session takes place Sunday, February 21 from 4-6 pm.

The NJW Jam Session is a monthly community event hosted by Evan Cobb. Taking place every third Sunday of the month (typically), the popular session is a fertile ground for the large contingent of great jazz players and enthusiasts in Middle Tennessee. Geared for professionals, serious students of jazz, and those who love to listen, this jam session is a chance for players to hear each other, meet, and collaborate. The NJW Jam Session is an open forum, so we encourage listeners to ask questions. Each month a different featured guest leads the band and calls tunes. The event is completely FREE, but we do pass around a tip jar.

A few rules for newcomers:

1. First time players cannot use a real book!

2. If you're bringing an arrangement or original, please have printed copies transposed for E-flat, B-flat, and bass clef instruments.

3. Vocalists! If you're singing an uncommon tune or even a common tune in a strange key, it's best to bring charts for the rhythm section and horn players.

4. The jam is fully backlined with amps and drums, but please bring your own cords and drumsticks. 

5. Soft drinks are available for purchase. All other food and beverages are BYO

This month's jam session will be led by Matt Endahl, with special guest, guitarist Benjamin Rice

About this month's guest: Ben Rice is a composer, guitarist, music educator, and stay at home Dad.  Currently, he leads the ben rice quartet.  This band, comprised of keyboardist Matt Endahl, bassist Jimmy Sullivan, and drummer Anson Hohne is a vehicle for Ben’s original compositions.  They released their first album, seeds,  in July of 2015 and it has received some airplay on NPR.  As a sideman Rice has worked with Jamey Aebersold, Dolores King Williams, Everett Greene, Steve Houghton, Jayne Trimble, Cadillac Bob Holmes, Russ Mason, and Heather Bond.  He has shared the stage with Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, Joel Harrison, and Kyle Asche. Rice received a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studied with Jazz and education legend, David Baker as well as modern guitar master, Corey Christiansen.  He holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Murray State University where he studied composition with 20th century composer, John Steffa. Ben lives in Hermitage with his wife, son, and dog.