|What are Jammers and Jamming?|
|Jammers, are musicians who jam
together. A term derived in approximately 1920 for
those musicians, both black and white, who for no
other reason than the love of their kind of music;
usually jazz, got together after their evenings gig
for the purpose of playing improvised or
unrehearsed music (jamming). Together they
keep their musical talents of ear, mind and body in
tune. Each musician would get their playing time
within the Jam to solo and work out these new
improvised sounds or riffs that are in their mind
or some may have been put to paper with or without
an audience present.
In a jam set, as well as a scheduled organized performance of Jazz or Swing music, the musicians are free to lend their own interpretation to the music by improvising on the melody.
You May be a Jammer if —
You coulda' been a pro musician
You think you shoulda' been a pro musician instead.
You regret having taken that day job.
You have a melody trapped inside your body that must get out.
A Jam Set