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When I lived in Boston 1949-53 we went to George Wein's Storyville, the Savoy plus 2 other clubs on Massachusetts Ave and after the musicians finished up they went to a back alley after-hours spot and jammed all night. What a time!!We had jam sessions at Cape May jazz Festival on Sat and Sun afternoons from the beginning through our tenure which ended with the April 2010 festival...we booked and paid all the musicians. Now we are producing Philly Jazz Fest which opens up 9/22/12 with 1pm pre-Jam with a fabulous young group (Immanuel Wilkins Project)followed by a jam session with 15 musicians which includes 2 rhythm sections so it goes nonstop until 5pm. Then Evening Concerts which include Denise King with Bootsie Barnes, Pieces of a Dream and Frank Bey and the Swing City Blues Band.
Yeah Bruce, I was also there- back in the day. You might enjoy how it was in my aaj archived article about the way it was in L A late 40s -50s ( the mort & ornnete colman thing) Remember the interludes between tunes on the stand back in the day? -----Whata ya wanna do next?---How about April-where the f**k does the bridge go?--- b/flat piano player plays a few notes---yeah o k where do ya wanna do it -some cat snaps fingers--awww man to up!--how about here- yeah o k cool some body count it off-(usually the older and best players job) o k 1- 2 123----HOLD IT! what? whos got the BREAK?? cats mumbble f**k it lets just blow!! Man I still have dreams- about some of those days& times . Not what you would call happy ones -but not nightmares either-would I want to go back there now--HELL NO enjoyed your article bruce - Hope you do many more it does me good just to know that there still some cats out there that remember how it was! All thats good Mort Weiss
Thanks, Carol. Hope to see you at the fest.Mort: Always good to hear from you. Yes, jam sessions embody and reflect the great, good and sometimes not-so-great of humanity.
What Zoot said was "missing" more than 30 years ago isn't missing any longer, in that jazz jam sessions seem to be popping up everywhere these days...Wow, a lot must have changed since last week.
Zoot Also said about Getz--"yeah Stans a nice bunch of guys" Mort
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