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Neo Jam - Hosted by Kristina Koller

May 21 | Tue | 7:30PM - 9PM | $15
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The longstanding tradition of the after-hours jam in Harlem is back @ Gin Fizz Neo Jam, hosted by Kristina Koller Third Tuesday of the month The history of the jam session is in many ways the history of jazz. Equal parts breeding ground and proving ground, the jam is inextricably tied to the history of the cutting contest, a blowing battle of one-upmanship over multiple choruses where players try to literally bust each other's chops. Historically, cutting contests are primarily identified as a phenomenon among stride pianists of the 1920s and '30s; stride greats like Fats Waller, Willie "The Lion" Smith and James P. Johnson were legendarily competitive at New York clubs and rent parties. The Birth of Bebop is attributed to several jazz giants: Dizzy Gillespie, Saxophonist Charlie Parker, pianist Thelonious Monk, and drummer Kenny Clarke. These men were influenced by an earlier generation of innovative swing players such as saxophonists Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins, pianist Art Tatum, guitarist Charlie Christian, and bassist Jimmy Blanton.

Venue: Gin Fizz

308 Lenox Ave Map