This year marks the 22nd consecutive year of one of the most popular specialty sets of the festival, the improvisational open ‘jam’ session. In the true tradition that led to the birth of jazz, festival fans enjoy watching the exciting mix of musicians perform together. Jam Session participants have included Horace Silver, Diana Krall, Russell Malone, Dave Valentine, Roy Hargrove, Rodney Whitaker, Brad Mehldau, Delfeayo Marsalis, the Poncho Sanchez Group, the Airmen of Note band members, Shelly Burg, Danny Gottlieb, Linda Cole, festival Piano Competition winners and contestants, regional pros, collegiate jazz students from UNF, JU, and FSCJ, jazz students from Douglas Anderson and LaVilla School of the Arts.
The host band includes 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Fest “Hall of Fame” inductee, vocalist Lisa Kelly and 2017 “Hall of Fame” inductee, trumpeter JB Scott, and features the high-level rhythm section of pianist Joshua Bowlus, bassist Dennis Marks, and drummer Jeremy Smith.
Instrumentalists and vocalists wishing to perform on the jam session
The gear provided includes an acoustic grand piano, electric bass and amp, drums, guitar amp, and a full P/A. Just bring your horn or voice, sign-up to perform a 'jazz standard' or a Blues, and join in on the fun! Audience members are encouraged to come early for a good seat. Beverages and food will be available for purchase.
Beverages and food will be available for purchase.