Atlanta Jazz - jam sessions

Atlanta Suburbs

CHURCHILL GROUNDS
660 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
Every Thursday, starting at 9:30pm
Cover: $7 plus $5 food/drink minimum
Website: www.churchillgrounds.com

UPDATE: Churchill Grounds closed on July 31, 2016. They are currently looking for a new location and will hopefully reopen in the near future. Atlanta trumpet player, jazz educator, and composer Danny Harper leads Thursday night jam sessions at the Churchill Grounds jazz club. For more information, visit the Churchill Grounds website.

Videos From Churchill Grounds (although not from their jam session night)

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Rick's comments

The Churchill Grounds jam session is the real deal. You don't have to be a monster player to jump on stage, but you definitely have to have your *stuff* together. Some excellent Atlanta jazz musicians attend these jam sessions.

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VENKMAN'S
740 Ralph McGill Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30312
Every Tuesday, starting at 9pm
Cover: Free!
Website: venkmans.com

Atlanta jazz trumpeter, Joe Gransden, leads a jazz jam session every Tuesday night at Venkman's, in Atlanta's Old 4th Ward. The house band usually kicks the night off with a couple of tunes and then they open the floor to other jazz musicians. This jam session began in 2016, but it's quickly becoming one of the best jam sessions in Atlanta.

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RED LIGHT CAFE
553 Amsterdam Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30306
Every Wednesday, starting at 8:30pm
Cover: Free!
Website: redlightcafe.com

Atlanta jazz trumpeter, Gordon Vernick, leads this Wednesday night jazz jam session in Midtown Atlanta. When it began in 2015, this jam session occurred every other week or so. As of January, 2016, the jam session occurs every week, but it's probably a good idea to check Red Light Cafe's website to confirm before heading out.

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APRES DIEM
931 Monroe Drive, Suite C-103, Atlanta, GA 30308
Every Wednesday, ~9pm-midnight
Cover: Free!
Website: www.apresdiem.com

The Apres Diem cafe in Midtown Atlanta has a jazz jam session every Wednesday night starting around 9pm.

Rick's comments from 2007

I recently saw my first jam session at Apres Diem. On that night there were about a dozen jazz musicians who came to jam, including Danny Harper, Kermit Walker, Dave Bass, and Derrick White. It was great to see and hear so many local musicians. As is the case on most nights at Apres Diem, the place was packed. As far as jam sessions go, Apres Diem is probably a good place to play and hangout. The musicians are supportive and it definitely beats playing to an empty house. However, if you're going to Apres Diem with the hope of watching the band, be prepared to stand in the bar area all night. You can only see the band from the bar and during the entire time I was there all of the bar seats were taken.

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QUEEN OF SHEEBA
1594 Woodcliff Dr. N.E, Atlanta, GA 30329
Every Thursday, starting at 7pm
Cover: Free!
Website: qsheba.com

Located in Decatur, the Queen of Sheeba restaurant features a jazz jam session every Thursday night.

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THE VELVET NOTE
4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA, 30022
Every Thursday, 8pm-midnight
Cover: $5
Website: thevelvetnote.com

The Velvet Note jazz club, in Alpharetta, hosts a jazz jam session every Thursday night.

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