Old Time and Swing Jams - ANNUAL PASS
Tony Phillips (Old Time)/Olivier Zyngier (Swing)
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The 3/14/20 Swing Jam w/Olivier Zyngier has been canceled due to current public health concerns.
The 3/29/20 Old Time Jam w/Tony Phillips has been canceled due to current public health concerns.
OLD TIME JAM: once a month on select Sundays, 1-4pm
SWING JAM: once a month on select Saturdays, 2-4pm
We'll play tunes from the broader Old Time repertoire, such as found in the Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes or the Stacy Phillips Traditional American Fiddle Tunes volumes. We might play some very common tunes as well as some obscure or crooked ones. Although bluegrass, contra-dance, Irish, etc., tunes might occasionally arise, generally we'll stick to Old Time.
All levels of instrumental ability and knowledge of Old Time repertoire are welcome. If you are feeling challenged, don’t give up but try to play lightly. “Chasing” a tune is an important ability to develop.
All instruments especially fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, etc., are welcome, but if you play something unusual, please be sensitive to how you fit in.
Melody instruments play together with no solos or breaks, but every instrument should always be supporting the rhythm.
Playing lightly sounds better, helps you hear others, and avoids physical injury.
We'll stay in one key or special tuning for a significant time, so that banjos and fiddles do not have to re-tune much.
Anyone can start a tune (staying in that key please). We will not necessarily go in any particular order, such as around a circle, and no one will be put on the spot to lead a tune. If you want to play a particular tune but you’re not confident about leading it, cannot remember how it starts, or are a rhythm player, ask if someone else can start it.
If you start a tune, you are responsible for ending it, with a signal such as lifting your foot during the last time though; saying something like “last time,” “one more,” or “hup;” or giving a musical cue. Each tune should continue for at least good while, but less than forever.
Rule #1 is to make it fun for everyone!
This jam is for all musicians who like swing/jazz songs from the 20's 30's and 40's to 50's, for example songs from the Great American Songbook, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, etc., with a good mix of Gypsy Jazz/Manouche, Western Swing, etc. So probably not hardcore jazz, not bluegrass or country or old time, and not blues or rock either.
All levels are welcome but if you're beginner you may find it challenging... or a good opportunity to learn!
Open to all instruments, including your singing voice. If you play a loud or unusual instrument, please be mindful of how it'll fit in. Acoustic only please.
It's not a class or a concert, it's a jam. If you want to take solos that's great, if you prefer to only sing or accompany the soloists or singers that's OK too.
Bring your tablet or chord book. If you call a tune please make sure you can play or sing it (start and finish, play the head, know the chords, etc.), and that it fits the level of your fellow players.
So come on by and let's have fun playing swing.
Tell your friends, the more the merrier...
Olivier has been playing Bluegrass, Folk and Swing in the Bay Area for many years, since he moved from his native France. He is equally at ease on guitar and bass, and can also teach group and private lessons here is Oakland.