Jam Session: March 2023

Not your average jam session

We’re excited to bring back the Nashville Jazz Workshop jam session with a fun new twist! This is a curated jam session for musicians of all levels, beginner to pro. Each month we will post a list of compositions to be performed at the jam session. Performers will sign up at the venue for specific tunes.

This is not a typical jam session “performance” – there will be the option to stop, restart, discuss, and consider intros, endings, and stylistic choices.

It takes place Sunday, March 12th, from 5-7 pm, in the Jazz Cave. The new NJW jam sessions will be hosted by Monica Shriver and Chris West. Drums – Josh Hunt Bass – Alec Newnam Guitar – Jerome Degey

Doors at 4:30.

March Jam Session Tunes: March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating the contributions of women in jazz by featuring songs for the jam session that were either written, co-written, or made famous by women composers/artists.

Blue Nile (Alice Coltrane)*
Filosophical Flying Fish (Grace Kelly)*
Just Waiting (Melba Liston)*
Games (Dorothy Ashby)*
The Way You Look Tonight (co-written by Dorothy Fields)
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue (Lil Hardin Armstrong)
Don’t Explain – (co-written by Billie Holiday)
Willow Weep For Me – (co-written by Ann Ronell)
A-Tisket, A-Tasket – (co-written by Ella Fitzgerald) (Adapted from the nursery rhyme)
Nature Boy 4/4 (Not by a woman, but was played by the house band during the Feb. Jam)

*Located in the “New Standards: 101 Lead Sheets By Women Composers”. If you would like charts for these tunes (including transposed for Bb/Eb, contact Monica directly by email.

The new NJW Jam Session series is partially supported through a gift from the Carolyn Kulkin Fund for Education and Community.

There is a suggested donation of $10 for this event to cover additional expenses.

The Nashville Jazz Workshop has soft drinks available for purchase. All other food and beverages are BYO.

The NJW Jam Session is a community event. Taking place once a month, the popular session is a fertile ground for the large contingent of great jazz players and enthusiasts in Middle Tennessee. Geared for all levels of performers – 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.