The Jazz Institute of Chicago created the Jazz Links Jam Sessions to provide an environment where student musicians can learn, grow, and connect with their jazz community in front of a live audience.
Students age 9-19 perform with one another and with the Jazz Links Mentors in the house band including saxophonist Jarrard Harris, pianist Robert Irving III, bassist Katie Ernst, and drummer Marcus Evans.
Musicians, parents, students, siblings, and friends are all welcome and encouraged to attend these free events.
Students sign up on-site, and fill out a jam session info card listing three to five tunes they can play and improvise on from memory. The jam session host calls up groups of students to perform and improvise together in front of an enthusiastic live audience.
Bring your trumpet/saxophone/trombone/voice/flute/vibes/drumsticks and a list of jazz standard tunes that you know and can improvise over. A vocal microphone, drum set, double bass, bass amp, upright piano, and a guitar amp are provided for each session.