Sunday Jam with Jason Palmer at Wally's Cafe, Boston
The names might change, but the open jam tradition is a constant. In the years prior to Palmer's arrival, students who could be found playing at Wally's include: Roy Hargrove, Donald Harrison, Greg Osby, Branford Marsalis, and Danilo Perez, who is now a faculty member at the New England Conservatory, which has been offering jazz studies for 40 years. To celebrate its 40th Anniverseary, NEC has arranged a week-long series of events. Among the live performances are: Hankus Netsky, the Michael Winograd Trio, the Dominique Eade Trio, the Jerry Bergonzi Quartet, the NEC Jazz Orchestra, and the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Additionally, NEC is hosting panel discussions focusing on jazz. For more information, see NEC's official web site.
It's only fitting that this open jam would inaugurate NEC's celebration. Wally's, much like the Conservatory itself, is a place where students gather to learn and develop. Here at Wally's, it's just another Sunday.
Timothy J. O'Keefe