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Jazz Jam Session


Kingston, D, Jazz Jam Session, Pablo's Cocktails and Dreams, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Performance Practice]

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Jazz ‘Jam Sessions’ are a common occurrence in large city centres where sizeable communities of improvising musicians reside. At these events, musicians of varying levels perform standard repertoire with ‘house bands’ in an effort to develop both their own and the broader communities’ improvising craft. The research aims of this project were to develop the jam session model in a Tasmanian context, finding a way to develop the improvising ability of individuals and the broader improvising community in order to promote new musical output, and through doing so develop a culture of group skill acquisition, foster emerging talent and create networks between local musicians and visiting national/international artists.

The project contributes directly to the performance practice of improvised music through the strategic programming and management of a weekly jazz jam session. Research was undertaken into how established musicians and emerging talent could be encouraged to meet on a weekly basis in Tasmania in order to develop both individual and ensemble improvisatory ability. Scheduling individual emerging musicians to perform with a house band comprised of professional musicians at the beginning of each session was undertaken in order to facilitate the meeting of varying skill levels in a performance setting that would otherwise not take place. Additionally, visiting national and international artists have regularly accepted invitations to participate in the session.

The significance of this project lies in the creation and promotion of regular performances, professional networking and skill development previously unavailable in Tasmania, with new and original music generated through the ongoing development of emerging and established talent. The continuing weekly performances have generated increased interest both locally and nationally in both individual and community Tasmanian improvisation, with participating artists receiving invitations to perform at prestigious festivals and venues including MONA and the Clarence Jazz Festival.

Item Details

Item Type:Performance Practice
Keywords:jazz, performance, improvisation
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Music
Research Field:Music performance
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Music
UTAS Author:Kingston, D (Mr Damien Kingston)
ID Code:132371
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-05-06
Last Modified:2019-05-06

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