31st May 2021
While YouTubing a few nights ago I came across a clip of one of my musical heroes that I hadn’t seen before at a series of events that was immediately added to my bucket list. The Jamm Jam events are a part of the Jamcard network. Jamcard is a social network for music professionals to let the music fraternity know availability and the movements of virtually any full-time music professional. Their website is pretty interesting for those interested.
In 2020 they launched a regular member only series of events. Although this initiative has been put on hold during the COVID crisis, I am sure that they will be continued when things return to normal. The Jamm Jam clips that are available seem to be centred around two main genres, funk and jazz, and feature some top-flight musicians.
The first clip I’m featuring was filmed at a special event to honour the legend, Quincy Jones. Jacob Collier was one of the many to take the stage that night. I plead guilty to being in awe of Jacob Collier’s musical knowledge. He has won more Grammy’s than you can point a stick at, hosted numerous master classes and addressed audiences at universities and lectures far older than him, who hang on his every word. Yes, I’m a fan, so the opening track is quite predictable.
The beauty of Jamm Jam is that the majority of the audience are musicians which allowed Jacob to do what he loves best, include them from the outset and make them a part of the magic. Here’s Jacob with Michael Jackson’s song ‘Human Nature’ performed as you’ve never heard.
The second of the Jamm Jam series videos I’d like to share is pretty special. Jamcard teamed up with drummer Kaz Rodriguez and in one day put together a band to bring some of his amazing songs to life. The musicians had never played together before then, but looking at their pedigree it is no wonder that they blew the room away.
Kaz Rodriguez (Composer / Josh Groban / Disciples), Aaron Spears (Ariana Grande / Usher) – drums,
Xavier Taplin (Toto), Domi Degalle (Mono Neon)– keyboards
Bubby Lewis – bass (Snoop Dogg)
Freaky Rob Gueringer – guitar (Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Cardi B)
Roland Gajate-Garcia – percussion (Diana Ross, American Idol, Camila Cabello)
Get a load of brilliance with Kaz’s composition ‘7 to the Power of 6’
There were quite a few options on hand for the closing clip. I could have gone with a brilliant 360 degree video of TRAPP JAZZ with Devon Stixx Taylor, Chris Moten and a host of talented friends. A clip from an evening partnered by Fender was also a possibility and showed a three-lady bass line-up that blew my mind. A session with Cory Henry was also tempting. However, I chose to return to Jamm Jam’s Quincy Jones tribute evening with a jaw-dropping take on Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’.
This performance by Alfredo Rodriguez puts Thriller into the streets of Cuba. Munir Hossn takes bass guitar technique to a new level while Daniel Rodriguez on drums keeps everything in perfect tempo. This is one of those live recordings I’ll be revisiting regularly.
Take some time to explore the clips that they managed to film prior to the pandemic. They make for well worth viewing, especially for jazz fans. I’m sure, like me, you’ll be hoping for some more soon. Catch you soon.
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Words © Andrew Knapp 2021