STAN'S BLUES JAM

 
  PLEASE NOTE:
16th March 2020:
We have taken the decision to stop Stan's Blues Jams at all  venues until further notice. 

Stan & Helen
 

Stan's Blues Jam at The Thomas Tripp

 

Stan's Blues Jam at The Owl's Nest


Stan's Blues Jam at The Platform Tavern


Stan's Blues Jamboree Swanage
 


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About us and what we do...

Stan's Blues Jams started in January 2009  with our first jam venue in Bournemouth and subsequently other venues across the Poole to Southampton area.
The Jams attracted musicians from all over the South of England, and often further afield. 
The Jams take place on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday when musos are free and pubs would otherwise have a very quiet night.  Jams add another dimension to a pub's live music programme whilst not clashing or taking audiences away from  the traditional gigging nights later in the week.

They give individuals  the opportunity to perform within the blues genre, improving the understanding of the blues and helping to keep the blues alive with live performance and entertainment.

Jams are run on a basis that is as fair as possible - there is no houseband and the jams will start at precisely 8.30pm every time, with each line-up playing 2 songs.

Bands are made up from the musicians who register when they arrive - the bands are put together, not entirely randomly, by the organisers.
For many jammers, this will be the first time they have met, let alone played together on a stage, and as such the music is unrehearsed and improvised around the blues structure. Blues Jammers don't need sheet music, or charts, just an understanding of the language of the blues and their ears.

It is not an open mic event, it's a Jam.

The jam caters for musicians of all ages from 9 to 78 (so far),and as long as you can play a 12 bar blues, are a competent player and can follow guidelines (see Jamming Etiquette below...) you'll fit right in.

Jammers range from talented school age players, students, people taking their first steps to playing in public, band members from the local pub circuits across the South, and full-time musicians playing the national and international stages. In fact, anyone who enjoys playing music in their free time. They meet up for a natter, make contacts with deps, buy & sell gear, find new band members - and get to play a few blues tunes, using the blues structure as a common language..….with the added bonus of not having to lug all their gear in.
An appreciative audience of non-players also joins in the fun ….
Think of it as a kick-about at the local park when there's no praccy and the big match isn't till the weekend.

All equipment is provided - PA, amps, drum kit, keyboard - apart from your personal instruments so bring your guitar, bass, sax, harmonica, drum sticks etc.

The jams are filmed and a selection of the songs are uploaded to Youtube for everyone to enjoy. We sometimes take photographs too and put them up on the Jams' Facebook pages. We do not use flash as it is generally unnecessary, intrusive and off putting.

The jams are a great networking opportunity and the bring and buy is an excellent example of this. Jammers can bring any excess musical equipment that they wish to sell on. (see Bring and Buy)

Stan's Blues Jamboree  is a 6 hour Festival  event combining Blues Jamming and  Showcase Slots for Blues Bands and first appeared at Swanage Blues Festival in October 2012 as well as other festivals over the years.

Keep in touch! - Jammers can receive a reminder of the next jam by email in "The Blues Jammers Chronicles". Just send your request to join the emailing list through the link above.



 

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