TUESDAY NIGHT SESSIONS CALENDAR
The Yardbird Suite is proud to present local talent and collaborative opportunities every Tuesday evening during the season at the weekly jam sessions. From 8:00pm-9:00pm, an all-star Edmontonian band takes the stage to perform a set of music ranging from original compositions to jazzFind out more »
Experience Points (EXP) is a video game music band combining funk, jazz, and groove-based music with classic video game soundtracks. Based in Edmonton, this dynamic group of musicians perform unique and clever arrangements of video game music. In the past year EXP has garneredFind out more »
A native of Edmonton, Marty has established himself as an in-demand performer, educator, and bandleader in the local jazz scene. He has led the Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra, co-led the WCMA nominated group the Writers’ Guild, and recently recorded his latest CD featuring EuropeanFind out more »
The Joel Jeschke Trio performs original music and arrangements inspired by Scandinavian bands such as Phronesis, Wako, Ilmiekki Quartet, and Katu Kaiku. The group favours odd meter grooves, extreme dynamics, and collective improvisation.Find out more »
Joe Semple is an Edmonton based clarinetist specializing in the jazz idiom. His quartet plays a mixture of eclectic originals and hard swinging standards, drawing inspiration from jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Eddie Daniels, and Brian Blade.Find out more »
GET A TUESDAY NIGHT PASS FOR JUST $50
Passes are available at the door any night listed on our Shows page.
Tuesday passes are good for 15 shows and do not expire
1. If you’re at the Tuesday Night Session to jam, make sure you write down your full name, instrument and experience level on the sign-up sheet, which is always kept at the door. The three categories listed for experience are amateur, student and professional. This is how the host band knows who’s at the club to take part in the jam, what instrument they play and the level of experience they have. If your name isn’t on the list, the feature band won’t know to call your name. If you show up late and the list is already on stage, go up to the stage in between tunes and let them know you want to play and add your information to the sign-up sheet.
2. Come prepared to play if that’s your intention and have your instrument out and ready when the jam session starts. You’ll have no way of knowing when your name will be called to go play, so have your instrument handy. If you’re a drummer or a piano player you won’t have to worry about this.
3. Please be aware of these three things when you get up on stage to play.
a) Performing on the Yardbird Suite stage is a privilege, so play as well as you can. There has been a very high standard of musicianship established at the Yardbird Suite over the last five decades.
b) As a musician wanting to jam, you’re a guest invited onto someone else’s stage and there’s a certain etiquette that should be followed. Make sure your behavior is appropriate while you’re up on stage. If you don’t know, be sure to ask someone whose experienced, or pay attention to what they do.
c) Over and above the players you’re sitting in with, there’s a paying audience in the Yardbird Suite there to hear the music. Make sure you put on a show for them too.
4. Your own playing should be of a high enough level to allow you to keep up with the other players on stage. Be honest with yourself when evaluating your own talent level and your ability to play with others.
5. If you’re allowed to choose a tune to perform during the jam session, make sure you have charts for the players, or a fake book if it’s required.
6. Don’t overstay your welcome on stage unless the feature band invites you to stay longer. Remember to keep your solos to an appropriate length and allow the other jammers their chance in the spotlight.
7. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get a chance to play the jam on occasion. From time to time the feature band doesn’t make it all the way down the sign up sheet and some jammers might not get the chance to play. Remember, there’s always next week’s jam session and make sure you sign up early.
8. If you have any questions about the Tuesday Night Session or you have encountered a problem, let the house manager or the Tuesday Night Session coordinator Dave Babcock know and the matter will be resolved. Dave can be reached at:
The Edmonton Jazz Society thanks you for taking part in the Tuesday Night Jam Sessions. We hope you enjoy the experience!