660 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308
Every Thursday, starting at 9:30pm
Cover: $7 plus $5 food/drink minimum
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 and it's not uncommon for them to play tunes in unfamiliar keys or to even change keys in the middle of tunes. But, don't let that scare you ;-)
931 Monroe Drive, Suite C-103, Atlanta, GA 30308
Every Wednesday, ~9pm-midnight
The Apres Diem cafe in Midtown Atlanta has a jazz jam session every Wednesday night starting around 9pm. The jam session is hosted by GSU educator and jazz guitarist, Dave Frackenpohl.
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.
QUEEN OF SHEEBA
1594 Woodcliff Dr. N.E, Atlanta, GA 30329
Every Thursday, starting at 7pm
Located in Decatur, the Queen of Sheeba restaurant features a jazz jam session every Thursday night.
THE VELVET NOTE
4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA, 30022
Every Thursday, 8pm-midnight
The Velvet Note jazz club, in Alpharetta, hosts a jazz jam session every Thursday night.