The Bridge Jazz Club is a popular monthly jazz night which I host on the first Wednesday of each month in the Voodoo Lounge at Exeter Phoenix. The format is an opening set from me on saxophone with a guest rhythm section, followed by an open mic/jam session.
Club nights begin at 8.30pm and entry is £10 on the door or £5 for musicians taking part in the jam session (cash only). This includes a free raffle.
Musicians wanting to take part in the jam session should bring concert charts for the rhythm section and sign up on the jammer’s sheet when they arrive. Depending on how many people want to play, players of front line instruments might expect to play 1 or 2 tunes. There is often a mass rendition of the blues or a jazz standard or two to close the evening. The Bridge Jazz Club welcomes players of all levels of experience and makes everyone welcome.
NOTE TO SINGERS: Please note this is a jazz jam session so please bring along jazz standards, not pop or show tunes. Charts for keys and bass should be in the form of lead sheets with just melody and chord symbols. This will ensure that there is scope for one or more of the musicians to solo. Lead sheets usually fit on 1 or 2 sides of A4. If you aren’t sure if your tune and the chart you have for it are suitable, please email a copy in advance to me at email@example.com so I can tell you.
Support the Bridge Jazz Club:
The Bridge Jazz Club stays afloat and is able to pay the house band and the room hire at Exeter Phoenix from the proceeds of the door charge. You can help to support the club by donating raffle prizes (wine, new or used jazz CDs, jazz books etc), by buying extra raffle tickets at £1 each, by helping us with setting up/putting away chairs and tables. You also support the club and help ensure that it continues to thrive by turning up to listen as often as you can and by encouraging your friends to come along.
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