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The Valley Jazz Institute presents: "Students' Jam!"

January 4, 2024 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


A Jazz Jam Session For Students featuring
the rhythm section of the WAMI Award winning Jazz Orgy

Jam session: an often impromptu performance by a group especially of jazz musicians that is characterized by improvisation (2022 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated)

Jazz is a music born of spontaneous composition (improvisation) and the exchange of musical ideas in these impromptu sessions. Older musicians would share their ideas with younger players, helping them to learn the music (rarely written in those days,) how to create a solo, to know what is expected at these learning sessions, and to encourage them, not only verbally, but especially through the inspiration of their playing.
Jazz Education is our mission as we seek to provide highly motivated young musicians the unique opportunity to perform in a “real world” situation with professional-caliber jazz musicians.
These JAM SESSIONS are geared towards that opportunity of sharing ideas in a real world situation. Area high school players, as well as other local musicians of all ages, are invited to join the “house rhythm section,” members of the award winning Jazz Orgy (all educators as well as players) and noted jazz educator/performer Brad Curran, leader of the Lighthouse Big Band, for an authentic jazz jam session.
The sessions are held at two locations: The Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) in Fond du Lac on the 1st Thursday of each month and The Waters in Oshkosh on the 3rd Thursday of every other month.
The creativity begins at 6:30pm, to encourage participation by school age musicians. The sessions continue until 9:00pm to allow for additional participants. All are invited to come out and bring an instrument to “jam,” or just listen, experience spontaneous composition before your eyes and ears – and support jazz education in the process.

From: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM


Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
51 Sheboygan Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935 United States


Brad Curran
(920) 921-5410