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COMING SOON TO JAZZLAND

Mature and Matched

Does The Thought of Another Senior Single's Night Feel Fatally Ho-Hum?

Then Keep Reading!
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Jazzland has a spectacular new feature, Just for Singles  40+...

...that will surely capture your imagination and potentially a new partner's heart!

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Mature Singles who are also Jazz and Wine lovers can now unite aboard ...

"The Mature and Matched Jazz Caravan"

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Great Nights Out, Love, romance and just plain fun  don't stop just because you're older.

In fact, many seniors find it exciting and exhilarating to jump back into life and living.

Whether you're newly single or you've been a loner for awhile,

You will love Mature and Matched night at Jazzland especially if most of your friends are married.

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Fortunately, there are a lot of single seniors who love jazz and enjoy the same activities as you!

Many are also regulars here at Jazzland and just might be interesting listening and dancing partners.

And...

Cupid Might Be Here Too!

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JAZZLAND..... where the great musicians play!

We are a full-service jazz organization, with a number of specialities.

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Live Jazz Performances

2017 Calendar

  • Jazz Bands 
  • Solo Performers 
  • Jazz Lecture Series
  • Annual Jazz Festival
  • Jam Sessions
  • Jazz Promotions & Productions

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JAZZ BANDS
SOLO PERFORMERS 
JAM SESSIONS
Jam Sessions are an old Jazz tradition, and serve several important functions in the Jazz community. They allow emerging players to test their skills in front of an audience and also provide an opportunity for "cutting contests" where musicians vie for dominance by comparing their imaginations and improvisational skills in a live face-to-face situation. Also, Jam sessions allow musicians new to the area to network, and show what they have to offer.

Let‘s not confuse "Jam sessions" with "sitting in." Let's make the important distinction between the two. " If a Jazz venue advertises a policy of "sitting-in" that means that musicians are invited to play with the regular band, typically after they have played a few sets as a group. This is really not the same as an "open mike" or "open jam", but if you are a pro or semi-pro, you are certainly within your rights to ask to "sit in." Realize the expectations will be higher than an open jam session, so if you are unsure of your abilities, this is not the time to find out how good you are. These are the occasions when you'd better hope you can play Cherokee in B.

Sometimes, a working group may ask another musician to "Sit In" on a regular gig. This is an honor, typically bestowed upon visiting professionals as a courtesy, and can often be fun for all. It is a SERIOUS breech for musicians of any level to ASK to sit in on a professional engagement. If the leader and group members want you on the bandstand with them, trust me, THEY will ask YOU !! Even if you are best friends with the leader or one of the sidemen, it puts them in a very awkward position to either acquiesce or refuse. It will do more harm to your reputation among musicians than good for your career if ask to "sit- in" where it is not the accepted practice.

JAM SESSIONS

Players who are new to the scene would do well to visit a few times without their axes, and check out the scene. Get a feel for the type of tunes played, and how other visiting musicians are treated. Especially make note as to whether or not reading on the stands is permitted. In general, at any session worth it's salt you will be expected to know the tunes by heart. Less formal sessions may be more lenient. Regardless, don't assume that because the regular bass player who has been there every Tuesday for five years is reading a chart that you will get the same courtesy. There is a sign on the bandstand at a famous jazz club that reads… "If you don't KNOW the tune, don't PLAY the tune." - 'nuff said.

It doesn't hurt to buy the leader a drink, and make some small talk but watch how quickly a beer drinker can acquire a taste for Courvoisier when you do !! When you do get the nod, you should be aware of the "house rules". Most sessions exist because the owner of the venue is interested in selling drinks to customers. If you are short, there's not much you can do, but if you are a well-to-do retired professional then spend a few bucks. You don't need to get stoned, but unless SOMEBODY buys drinks the session will eventually be cancelled.

You may get to choose your tune, but be prepared to have it chosen for you, and not necessarily in the key you are used to. If you are a beginner, don't overstay your welcome. If you are invited back for a second tune, that's a good sign. If you are not, don't leave in a huff, but promise yourself to woodshed more starting the following day. A sign-up list is a great idea, but be prepared to be "bumped" if a local legend walks in, as they are typically rewarded the respect of not having to wait in line. If you are lucky, you may get to sit in with the local legend, but unfortunately, people who run jams will probably call the "A-list" players up for the legend.

Pianists are usually happy for a break, especially after forty or fifty choruses of "Rhythm Changes." This is the best time to ask to sit in on keyboards.

HORN PLAYERS

Horn players generally have it pretty easy, but if you are a newcomer, it's probably best to avoid bringing your combo stand and setting up your alto/tenor/flute/flugelhorn until you are a regular. This dates me, but I remember a time (pre-AIDS) when a horn player would hand over an axe, mouthpiece and all, and let others blow when in a strange town and able to seek out some live Jazz. Now musicians usually carry a mouthpiece and reed and it is pretty rare anymore to find players that will hand over a Mark VI to a total stranger.

Also, just because a horn is mobile does not mean an "open invitation" to wander back and forth at will. Play the tunes on which you are invited, but don't take advantage of the fact you can just walk up and start blowing. If the House Band declares the last tune of the night "House band Only", then respect the request and leave the bandstand. Don't be offended, but just come back next week.

GUITARS

Guitarists can generally use a house amp if one is available, but ask the guitarist first. If no such animal exists, you should inquire first of the session leader before setting one up, and at least wait for a break if you need to tear it down and leave. I have recently heard from a new bassist in town who was declined when he asked to use a regular bassist's upright. You probably wouldn't think to haul your German flatback into a club where you might not even get to play a single tune. As I said earlier, it is best to check a session out as a listener first, and just ask flat-out what the policies are. Also, house bassists have probably already been told not to solo every tune. If you are a sitting-in bassists, it might be appreciated to look for a nod. It is, granted, a jam session where you expect to blow. Bass solos are a controversial topic. Use your own judgment.

DRUMMER

Almost inevitably the drummer will be left-handed. Statistics will probably bear out that left-handed drummers at jam sessions far outnumber left-handed drummers in the general population, so you can safely assume this occurs to discourage drummers from sitting in. Draw your own conclusions, but again, ask the drummer if it is alright to move his high-hat for a couple of tunes, but don't expect to rearrange his kit.

VOCALIST

In general, singers tend to get "no respect" as jam sessions unless they are well known. Don't take it personally, but if you do get selected, try to pick something unusual, but not TOO esoteric.. Unless it is a real strain, try to learn tunes in their common "Real Book" keys.

Charlie Parker was laughed off the stand as a young man. Legend has it that ... THAT was his inspiration to practice hard. So Don't get discouraged if you feel you've been mistreated. It's part of paying dues. Look how Charlie Parker turned out !!!

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JAZZLAND As A RECEPTION FACILITY

Casual, Elegant, or Extravagant, Jazzland  is the perfect location for your Special Event with over 2,400 sq ft of Unique Private Event Space to accommodate groups of 100 or more guests. The charming accommodations and historical Jazz setting make Jazzland an ideal reception center. We're in Arlington and only minutes from Arlington Expressway on University Boulevard North making Jazzland a convenient choice for your next business event or seminar. Our Facility offers rooms to accommodate large or small groups and all the amenities to facilitate your event. When you choose Jazzland to celebrate your corporate event, meeting, reception or special occasion, you can expect the very best. Whether you require a conference center for your next corporate event, or a productive atmosphere for your next business meeting, Jazzland has the solution.

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