JAM GUIDELINES


BEFORE THE HOST BAND COMMENCES

  • To play in a Jam you must place your name on the Jam board.
  • Jammers are expected to meet a competent standard of musicianship and be familiar with standard 3-chord, 12-bar blues songs.
  • The CBS provides a lyric folder of classic blues songs if required.
  • If this is your first time, ask to speak to the Jam Session Coordinator (a CBS Committee member) to secure a place in a jam session.
  • Jammers are encouraged to have their names on the whiteboard by 1:45pm.
  • Late arrivals (after 2pm) cannot be guaranteed a spot in the Jam Session.
  • Coordinator will try to give everyone an opportunity to perform.
  • A rehearsed act may do a set as a band if it is prearranged at least 24 hours in advance of the jam by emailing the musician representative on the link beneath.

TO PLAY IN A JAM YOU MUST PLACE YOUR NAME ON THE JAM BOARD


JAM SESSION COORDINATOR

  • The Jam Session Coordinator is responsible for managing the stage and whiteboard of jammers who have nominated to perform.
  • The Jam Session Coordinator determines the final line-up for each set and the whiteboard order of play, encourages discussion and negotiation between jammers to provide fair opportunity, maximum inclusion and, where possible, a varied mix.
  • The Jam Session Coordinator may ask jammers to adjust their volume accordingly.
  • The Jam Session Coordinator decision is final, including refusing jammers the right to play.
  • The Jam Session Coordinator may reduce or increase the set time depending on the number of jammers on the day.


BEFORE YOUR JAM SESSION

  • In most cases the vocalist decides on the songs, the key and tempo.
  • Acoustic guitars, special blues harp mics, keyboards etc should be plugged into the DI inputs provided at the front of the stage – ask the sound engineer to point them out if not sure.
  • Three vocal mics with foldback are provided. For special requests like a mic for a wind instrument or additional vocal mics – discuss before your Jam session with the sound engineer.
  • No-one is permitted to bring an amp onto the stage without checking with the Jam Session Coordinator prior to the start of the jam. Only amps that are mic’d or DI’d to the PA can be used.

EACH COMBINATION OF JAMMERS IS REQUIRED TO DO A THREE SONG SET OF NO MORE THAN 15 MINUTES


DURING YOUR JAM SESSION

  • Each combination of jammers is required to do a set of no more than 15 minutes with a maximum of 3 songs.
  • A ten minute changeover between sets is provided for. Your time starts when the last act has left the stage therefore you should move quickly and with minimum fuss to set up your instrument in order to get maximum performance time.
  • When given an amp to use jammers should leave the settings as they are, except if they have asked beforehand. Amps are not to be turned up. (additional stage volume will be provided by the sound engineer via monitors if need be).
  • Jammers must take care of equipment belonging to the host band or supplied by the CBS.


DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY

  • The monthly jams are conducted by the CBS for the benefit of its members and visitors.
  • Neither the CBS nor the Harmonie German Club shall be under any liability whether in tort or otherwise for any loss of, or damage to instruments left unattended including, but not limited to, any negligence or willful act or any consequential loss or damage.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE JAM