Jam/Open Sessions
Open Sessions are an informal meeting of like-minded musicians and/or singers, usually in a public house. Different sessions run on different lines. At one it may be a case of performing when a space occurs and the mood takes you, at another the proceedings may be more formal with a chairman nominating the next singer or musician, or it may be that everyone takes turns. There could be other distinguishing factors and elements to the etiquette expected at any particular session. It always makes sense to contact the organiser.

Many More in the What's on page


    Bedfordshire

folk/accoustic Every Sunday evening except the first one of the month - singers and musicians, folk, The Green Man, Eversholt (other side of Woburn)

folk/accoustic/jazz/blues Last Friday evening of the month - open to all comersTHE CARPENTERS ARMS, Wing Road, Stewkley, BedsAccoustic Open Mike Night - open mic session, one per month on the last Friday (the session is run in the same way as previous Monday event i.e. folk/acoustic/blues/jazz - whatever music you like

    Buckinghamshire

all styles Every Wednesday evening - Buckingham Acoustic Club open mic sessions where music of ALL types is welcomed. The New Inn Bridge street Buckingham

all styles Every Tuesday - King's Head ,Markey Hill Buckingham
Tommy Cavanagh hosting open mike night - all styles all abilities welcome

folk/accoustic Every Thursday - Sunset Lounge at The Cannon High Street, Newport Pagnell

folk/accoustic Every Sunday lunchtime - singers and musicians, folk, The Vaults Bar, High Street, Stony Stratford.

jazz The Winslow jazz jam session at the Crown at Granborough. (just a 3 minute drive from The Bell Hotel, Winslow) For players wishing to register an interest in playing at the Winslow Jazz Jam, please contact Jon Holland on 01296 711 565 or jon@thejazzjam.co.uk or visit www.indigojazz.co.uk

jazz The Woburn Open Jazz Jam is still going strong at the Woburn Community Hall, Crawley Road, Woburn, MK17 9QG. 2nd Thursday of the month, 2 entry, For more information please contact the organiser, Chris Mottram-Wooster, at chris@thejazzjam.co.uk or tel. 01908 674174

jazz The Open BandThe Open Band was formed in 1995 for musicians of varying abilities who want to play with others and learn more about improvisation. They meet on Thursday evenings at The Courtyard Great Linford Milton Keynes.

    Hertfordshire

folk/accoustic The Greyhound Sessions The Fox, Pirton, Pirton is just to the north-west of Hitchin, off the B655 Barton Hitchin road. Alternatively, you can reach Pirton from the A600, by going through Holwell. The sessions start at about 8.00 p.m., on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and often involve as many as twenty musicians. The style is principally English Traditional, but all types of music are warmly welcomed.For more info call Theo Thomas on 01582 882831

all styles The Pumphouse Open Sessions Lower Board Road,Watford. Every Tuesday from 8:30 p.m. Live music, all styles welcome. Bring your instruments and book a slot to perform when you arrive. (bands Please call in advance) . Listen to a wide variety of music . Free Admission details phone Hazel on 01923 467269

jazz Jazz workshopThe Jazz Workshop is an informal co-operative venture run by musicians for musicians. It has now been running successfully for over six years, with sessions every Monday night at 8 pm.The Sportsman, Scots Hill, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts, WD3 3AD - all welcome - bring your horn, your voice or your earplugs! For more info, or a chat, contact us on: info@jazzworkshop.org.uk or 01494 771200.The Jazz Workshop has two main aims, which are primarily educational:

  • to introduce new musicians to playing jazz, so that more people play jazz,
  • to provide opportunities for existing jazz musicians to play together to improve their ensemble playing.

    blues The Bishops Blues Club The Bishops Blues Club organised by Blues Alive operates at the Half Moon in Bishop's Stortford, is a traditional pub located in the heart of the town. As well as serving excellent real ales it has a self-contained area "the Long Room" situated at the rear of the pub complete with stage and bar. Every Wednesday there is either a gig by a band or solo artist, or a jam night.

      Northants

    folk/accoustic Third Monday evening of the month - singers and musicians, folk, The Olde Cherry Tree Inn, Great Houghton Northampton - contact Dave Jolly tel 01604 711536, dave@jollybox.plus.com.

    Jazz/ Blues/ AcousticThe Walnut Tree Inn at Blisworth
    Jazz every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, contact charlessheinman@hotmail.com for details: and Blues every 2nd Thursday of the month: and Acoustic Night 4th Thursday of the month: The Walnut Tree Inn.21 Station Road Blisworth, Northants NN7 3DS Details: http://www.walnut-tree.co.uk/events.asp Map: http://www.walnut-tree.co.uk/findus.asp

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