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Discussion in 'Bass Humor [DB]' started by Ben Rose, May 9, 2005.
I thought this was pretty funny. Enjoy.
Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timers Guide
Good grief ... the author must have been at our last session
Enjoyed that thanks Ben!
Fun read! It also explains why I'll never be a good jazz drummer.
bassist (digging in): Grrrhh. Gnmnt. Glppnt.
OK Arto, I used to go to the jam session at Storyville in Helsinki when I worked there for a few months in 1993-94. I remember a pretty lady pianist with long red hair who always played If I Were a Bell. Is the club still happening? How about the club in the train station?
Storyville is alive and kickin ( http://www.storyville.fi ).
Sorry, they don´t seem to have pages in English, which I find very strange, considering how many tourists visit them, especially in the summertime.
I´ve played there, our next gig with the octet will be on June,
with Steve Gibbons from UK.
The program is mostly "happy jazz", not exactly my style, that´s why I´m not regular there.
In 1993 - 94 the only club near train station was Jumo Jazz club, these days known as Jumo Jazz House. They have moved their location, but are still in the business. It´s the home club of UMO Jazz Orchestra, the best known Finnish big band.
Can´t recall the lady pianist. What age was she back then?
<The program is mostly "happy jazz", not exactly my style, that´s why I´m not regular there.>
Not much of a "happy" fan myself but the jam session did some mor e bop oriented stuff. There also was a lady accordian player who did standards. I'm not much of an accordian fan but she was a good musician, if not a jazz player.
<It´s the home club of UMO Jazz Orchestra, the best known Finnish big band.>
Yea, Jumo. I have a CD of the UMO Jazz Orchestra. Good stuff. I saw Freddie Hubbard at the club and also Hal Crook (trombone), who was great. I also remember a vocalist named Mirja Makela who had a great band and some progressive ideas.
<Can´t recall the lady pianist. What age was she back then?>
The lady pianist looked to be in her 20's. I was under the impression that some of the conservatory students came to the jam -- lots of young faces at the time.