sunday jazz jam w/ Martha Larson

Sundays from 4:00 - 5:30 PM (every week)

Open to musicians of all ages and abilities, the Sunday Jazz Jam is a perfect way to run through standard charts in a low-key, laid-back setting.  We provide the music so everyone can follow along. We choose 2-3 "tunes of the month" so everyone has a chance to dig deep into a few specific tunes that we'll all get to know well. Then we open it up for suggestions, bring your favorite tune or learn something new!  $5 suggested donation. 


Bluegrass and Old Time Jam w/ Helen Forsythe

Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:30 PM (see calendar for dates)

Hot Spot Music's resident banjo instructor, Helen Forsythe, hosts a lightly facilitated bluegrass and old time jam (all instruments welcome, but banjos guaranteed) at the Hot Spot on the following Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on the following dates: 7/17, 7/31, 8/7, 8/21, and 8/28. This is open to all skill levels, and is a great opportunity to get together with other musicians, learn new tunes, and show off the ones you know! $5 suggested donation. 


improvisation workshop w/ david bloom

Next session: July 13-15, 2018. Know you can play, but want to take your skills to the next level?  Feel like you still play at the same level you did a year ago?  Have a band that's been relying on the same routine for years?  New to jazz and looking for some inspiration to decode its mysteries and get you in the game?  Chicago-based master jazz educator David Bloom, winner of the 2017 Jazz Institute of Chicago award, will awaken your musical sensibilities and raise your playing to new heights. Click here for full description and registration.

For examples of Bloom's teaching style and students, check the following links:

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