Jam nights tend to be based around the Blues, mainly due to the ease of playing for all standards, however, most organisers are happy to allow any style of music including the odd original band, but do check before turning up to play.
Some have a 'House Band' who start the evening off and allow you to use their equipment if you play. Don't go mad on their gear as you'll have to pay for any damages!!
Jam nights are a great place to practice with fellow musicians in a totally different environment. It allows you work with musicians of all styles and gain confidence in the ability to 'wing it' with people you have never rehearsed with and provides solo performers and songwriters the opportunity to practice their art in front of a sympathetic audience.
As with any event, cancellations or changes may occur so please contact the venue BEFORE traipsing down there!!
UK Jam Night Links
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Live Music Venues Listing
Criminal Records & Phat Phrequency Present **Jam Sandwich**
65 Crowndale Road
London NW1 1TN
From 7pm - late
Jam Sandwich featuring Criminal Records / DJs on Rotation Eddie Pillar, Arthur Baker, Lascelle Gordon / Jam night hosted by House Band and Graham Silibiger (Soul II Soul / George Micheal) @ Purple Turtle Camden.
Live music followed by a Jam Night and DJ's! Bring your instruments or your voice, and get involved. Play with the house band and other talented musicians.
The Beaverwood Club
Pheonix Jam Night
Tel: 020 8300 1385
Free Jam Night every Wednesday from 8-11pm. All backline and PA Provided. Everyone and every level welcome.
5 Tickford Arcade
St John Street
Bucks MK16 8HY
Contact Kev: 07595168701
Every Tuesday night
Full backline provided
All styles accepted
Hoxton Jam Night
Road Trip Bar
243 Old Street
Wednesday Nights : 8pm
Jazz fusion jam night
New Cross Inn Summer Blues Jam
New Cross Inn
323 New Cross Road
London SE14 6AS
Email contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 7th & 21st August 2011
The New Cross Inn will be hosting a Blues Jam session on the 7th and 21st of August 2011. Hosted by Julien & The Midnight Bluesmen who will play a short set and then open the floor to performers. Amps, microphones and a drum kit will be provided, so bring your instruments and let's jam !
They also host a regular Open Mic night every Tuesday - for further info contact Sebastian Frost on 077 334 181 52
Swindon Blues Club Jam
The 12 Bar
179 Wescott Place
Tel: 01793 522 377
Equipment: Backline, Drums & P.A.
Monthly on Saturdays? (check with site as dates and venue may change).
Swindon Blues Club Blues Jam hosted by Ian O'Regan. Players, spectators and blues fans all welcome.
The Silver Bullet Blues & Jazz Jams
The Silver Bullet
5 Station Place (off Seven Sisters Road)
London N4 2DH
Monday & Tuesday 8pm - 11pm
Every Tuesday we welcome blues musicians to the stage for a live open mic blues jam, with our house band Jimmy C and The Bluesdragons.
All singers, players and bands welcome
The Blues Kitchen Sunday Blues Jam
The Blues Kitchen
111 - 113 Camden High Street
London NW1 7JN
Every Sunday 6pm - Midnight (excluding Bank Holidays)
Tel: 020 7383 5277
Tube: Camden Town / Mornington Crescent
Acts / DJs: The Blues Kitchen Band and Guests
The Blues Kitchen House Band host a blues jam with guest musicians welcome. Expect to see 50/60 jammers each week.
Get down early to register your instrument and join the amazing Blues Kitchen Band on Stage.
The Crown Inn
Last Wednesday of every month (once a month) - 9.00pm
Jam night on the last wednesday of every month, 9.00pm start so get there before to claim your spot.
Solo artists, singer/songwriters, and even your whole band are welcome, there is a house band and you need to contact mick price on your arrival!!!
Heathcote Blues Jam
The Heathcote Arms
Grove Green Road
London E11 4EA
close to Leytonstone Tube Station
full PA & backline, comfortable seating and competitive bar prices. 8.30-11.30 pm every Wednesday. Jammers £1, Listeners £2.
WKD Reunion Jam
162 Tuffnel Park Road
In the 1990's WKD (Wisdom Knowledge and Destiny) was on of the hippest night spots in Camden Town,frequented by international celebrities and the finest musicans in London. Starting August 5th WKD will be returning every Sunday night at Tuffnels, where vocalist Carole Dênis will host a jam WKD style check out site for the flyer info.
20 Inverness st
Tube : Camden Town, Camden Road, buses 134, 214, 31, 29...
Entry 3 pounds before 10, 5 pounds after. ends at 1 o'clock.
Contact John 07905 429 925 or Barney 0770 310 743
While you can see the most well known bands performing live at the Camden jazz cafe for 25pounds, just round the corner in Undersolo you can hear the best live session players around roots, funk 'n' soul jamming on a carribean trip for 3 uninterupted hours every Tuesday night for only 5 pounds.
Players from bands such as Incognito, Galliano, Divine comedy, Boney M, Gonzalez, Manfred Man, FBI, Breakfast Band, jamiroquai (just to name a few!) come together to play their favourite classic funk n soul hits with some opportunity for new people to get involved every week!
DJs play records from 8 o'clock and the jam session starts between 9:30 - 10:00. Ends 1am.
Lichfield Blues Hounds
Every Tuesday Night
Free Electric Blues Jam night for both players and spectators. Bring along your instrument and join in the fun. Meet up with some like minded blues lovers from across the Midlands, UK
The Fabulous Jam
225L Streatham High Road
London SW16 6EN
Equipment Provided: Keyboards, drums, backline, PA etc.,
Contact us via http://www.myspace.com/thefabulousjam
Join us for our funk-based jam sessions every Monday. Late bar.
Musicians, singers, rappers and audience alike are all welcome. If you want to get up and play with us, see Kocoa Brown or Jade on the night.
We ask that anyone who plays gives space to the other musicians, listens and maintains eye contact. Bring your own electric guitars or basses, brass, wind or string instruments and drummers PLEASE bring sticks/brushes.
62 High St
London, SW19 2BY
Colliers Wood tube. Turn right out of Colliers Wood Tube. Just after Tesco Garage on the left.
9.00pm until 11.00pm
Tel: 020 8540 3131
e-mail to book a spot: email@example.com
Equipment Provided: PA, Drums and Amps
All Budding and experienced musicians welcome. Excellent back room.
Rochford Open Mic / Jam Night
Kings Head Inn
11 West Street Rochford,
Tel: 01702 531741
Equipment: Full p.a, 8 channel mixing, Drums, Roland Keyboard,Lead and Bass Amps, Microphones - Accoustic Welcome too
Every Wednesday Night
Open to Musicians, Singers,and people who just like to listen.
The Drayton Court
2 The Avenue
London W13 8PH
Tel: 0208 991 7970
8.30pm - midnight
Equipment Provided: P.A., Drums and Backline Amps
R&B and Blues based jam nights every Tuesday night. Hosted by the house band Blue Beyond. Check out www.globaljam.biz for news on the jam.
The Bewicks Blues Jam
The Bewick Suite
The Swan Hotel
73 High St
Essex, CM9 5EP.
First Wednesday of every month
The first wednesday of every month is a blues jam night with a different host band each month. The format for the evening is for the host band to do a 45 min set, starting at 9pm then the stage is opened up to any jammers who want to get up and play, and then the host band to finish off the evening, full PA and back line supplied plus keyboards. The Bewicks is a great live venue with a stage plus full stage lighting.
The Academy of Urban Music JAM SESSIONS
The Karamel Club
4 Coburg Road
London N22 6UJ Click for Map
Hip Hop - Soul - Funk
Dates: 17th and 31st May; 14th & 28th June
7pm - midnight
FREE ENTRY (registration required)
Call Creative London North Music on 020 8829 8907 or visit the website.
Every other Wednesday at the Karamel Club 7pm - midnight. All musicians, singers and and MCs welcome to this open mike and jam session. Bring your instrument and play or rap with the House Band featuring guest musicians.
Webmasters Note: Though the above isn't technically 'blues' it has been included as one of the few of it's type currently around.
Acoustic Blues Jam and Open Mic
The White Lyon,
Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey
phone: Keith, 01483 771123
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Small P.A.
No longer just acoustic. They have a full houseband now, all backline, vocals and KB's free to use. Popular and friendly. Sessions every first and third Tuesday. Acoustic players, audience and singers welcome. Newcomers and beginners are welcomed and encouraged: if you're new to the live music scene, and want to have a go, give us a call...
Buskers ExpressAin't Nothing But A Blues Bar
Buskers nights/open-mic sessions, Surrey-Hampshire-Sussex borders.
Tel : mob 07932 165621. Home:01428 652010
Buskers Express create live music events/gigs in Haslemere and the surrounding counties of Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. We set up the Gear for you (the Musician)To play. We have 3 Regular Pub venues, which are held on Sunday Evenings. Plus we also get involved with town and community events including Festivals and Town/village Fete'
20 Kingly Street,
Tel: 0207 287 0514
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Small vocal P.A., occassional guitar amp or keyboard
Small bar hosting all styles of Blues mainly acoustic 7 nights a week, including a Monday Night Jam Sessions with a good standard of musicians. As its so small it gets very packed so get there early!!
Battle of the Axe
Ha'penny Bridge Inn
Adm. €6 / €5 with flyer
Tel: 086 8156987
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: ?
OPEN MIC nite for New and Experienced acts such as Comedians, Singer/Songwriters, Musicians, Actors, Clowns, and Poets amongst others. They battle it out for the weekly No 1 spot, the Lucky Duck Award and Certificate voted for by the audience. If you would like to perform you can call 086 8156987 to book a slot or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult Stage Workshops in Acting, Voice and Yoga are also available throughout the Year to develop the basic skills and confidence required for stage performance.
The Half Moon
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: ?
Blues Jam nights alternate fortnightly with a wide variety of aritists including top UK and US names performing live blues in Bishop Stortford, Herts every Wednesday and occasional Saturdays.
Blues Touch Blues Jam
The Lion Brewery
Tel: 01252 331392
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: 2 Guitar Amps, Bass Amp, PA and Drums
Hosted by Blue Touch band - take yourself, your instrument, voice and/or drumsticks along and put your name on the list to do 3 songs.
Regular open mic/jam nights, irish nights
'Depot' Jam Nights
***Starts 25th March 2003***
Tuesday Nights - 8pm to 11pm
Contact: Mat Walklate.
Tel: 0161 881 0071 Email: email@example.com
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: P.A. system and guitars and acoustic basses to borrow (no drum kit but percussionists are welcome)
The first "Tuesday Night Blues Club" event starts on 25th March 2003 from 8pm onwards. The night will be hosted by " Depot" and will run thus:
9:15-10:00 Open "spot"
10:15- 11:00 Depot
Click Here for details
Every Wednesday night
House band provide the equipment and any musicians are welcome. More information available at the website.
Rotherham S61 3JT
Every Friday Night 9pm to Midnight
PA, backline, drums, bass provided.
Ferret & Firkin
Sunday & Wednesday Nights?
Tel: 0207 352 6645
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: ?
Regular acoustic jam nights, blues nights and the annual Chelsea Blues Festival organised by the publican with top name musicians like Gary Moore & Papa George usually held in June.
125 West Green Road Road
Sunday or Thursday
Tel: 0208 802 0433
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Vocal P.A., Backline & Kit
Used to host Regular Sunday Night blues jam, may have moved this to Thursdays, plus live bands on Saturdays and occasional new band nights.
Monday or Tuesday Nights?
Tel: 0208 985 6455
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Full P.A., Backline & Kit
This regular jam sees some well known blues players among its regulars.
New regular jam with full house p.a. system provided by the band. Contact Nigel for details.
The Grey Horse
46 Richmond Road
Kingston Upon Thames
Tel: 0208 541 4328
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: ?
Regilar Blues & R n B Jam nights and Showcases
Pete Boulters Blues Jam
Charing Cross Road
Thursday Nights 8.00pm - 1 am
Tel: 020 7437 9369
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Small vocal P.A., guitar and bass amps
occasional drums & keyboard
Petes a friendly bloke & the atmosphere of his regular Thursday night Jams reflects this with their warm atmosphere and great music. Not too much in the way of equipment and various people provide it so be aware there may not be that second guitar amp that was there last week!!
There are a wide range of ages and standards at this Jam and Pete produces a monthly newsletter with pictures and reviews of the past months events, guest performers, blues festival news, jam night listings and more. He does take a long break during the summer & winter so do check before going down there. You'll need Flash Plugin to view the site.
The Juke-Joint Blues
The Water Witch Pub
The Tow Path
every Sunday evening at 8.30pm
weekly 'Juke-Joint Blues' totally acoustic blues jam sessions
138-139 Shoreditch High Street
(Corner of Rivington Street)
London E1 6JE
Tel: (0)7005 947310 (24-hour voicemail out of hours)
Admission: Free before 8pm the £4 members £6 non members
Regular blues jam and open mic every Tuesday lunchtime and evening.
The Plough Inn
173 Wood Street
Tel: 020 8503 7419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Monday evening at 8.30pm
The venue is located directly opposite Wood Street British Rail station (one stop from Walthamstow Central underground or 15 mins. from Liverpool Street)
160 Tufnell Park Rd
Thursday Nights 9.00pm - 11.pm
Tel: 020 7272 2078
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Vocal P.A., bass and guitar amps, drum kit
occasional keyboard and 2nd guitar amp
A good house band made up from a variety of excellent musicians who usually play for the first and last half hour with occasional suprise special guests, often including Big Bill Hurley (Inmates). Get there early to put your name down as it often gets busy and unless you specifically request to be on stage at the same time as your mate/band you'll be mixed and matched with
whoever they choose. Perform 2 - 3 songs depending on time and amount of musicians wanting to have a go.
South London Blues Jam
179 London Road
Tel: 020 8239 1616.
Monday Nights - 9.30 till 12.
Resident band and guest players. Performers and acts always welcome.
The Running Horse
16 Alfreton Road
Tel: 0115 978 7398
Wed Nights - Blues Jam
Mon Nights - Open Jam
Admittance - Free
Nottingham live music venue with weekly blues and open jam nights plus blues, rock, jazz and other styles of artists & bands performing regularly. Site contains a gig guide of forthcoming events, news, previews, photos and a ton of blues lyrics.
Twelve Bars From Mars Jam Night
The Fox & Hounds
41 The High Street
Surrey SM5 3BB
Last Wednesday each month 8.30pm - 11.pm
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Full PA, Backline, Kit and often Keyboards
A popular jam hosted by Houseband Twelve Bars from Mars. This jam has been running since July 2004
Up All Night Music
Jam & Open Mic Nights plus Band/Artist Promotion
The Spice of Life
6 Moor St
Mondays - Open Mic (starts 6.30pm)
Tuesdays - Blues Jam Session (starts 7.00pm)
Admission - Free
The W.K.D. Club
18 Kentish Town Rd
Saturdays - Blues Jam & Record Fair(1.00pm - 6.00pm)
Sundays - Jazz Jam & Record Fair (1.00pm - 6.00pm)
Both these weekly JAM SESSIONS start on the first weekend in March will be free to get into but we may well "pass the hat round" to help pay for the sound engineer. We will provide a drum kit and guitar and bass amps for people to use. We are also looking for people who want to run stalls!!!!!
EBC webmaster note:
These guys also organise showcases and actively promote unsigned artists/bands in several different venues in London. Check out their website at http://www.upallnightmusic.com/ for full details.
The Victoria pub
Sunday afternoons & Tuesday Nights Blues Jam
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Vocal P.A. and drum kit
Lively jam night frequented by motorcyclists and live music lovers,
The Virtually Acoustic Club
162 Tufnell Park Road
Wednesday Nights 7.30pm - 11pm
Tel: 020 7272 2078
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Vocal P.A.
VIAC have regular weekly gatherings with a wide variety of styles and standards although original songs preferred. Bring your own instruments and play 2 songs.
Wheatsheaf Blues Jam
Monthly Monday Night Blues Jam
Held every 3rd Monday of the month. EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Vocal P.A., backline and drum kit.
The Virtually Acoustic Club
57 Liverpool Road
Wednesday Nights 7.30pm - 11pm
Tel: 020 7837 5370
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Vocal P.A.
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Full P.A., Monitors, Backline & Kit
Regular Monthly Blues Jam night, usually on a Wednesday...... can't find the address off hand but its held in the upstairs function room of a large pub...... standard is good & gets quite busy. It's run by the guy who owns Hertford Music Shop so drop in & get details from him ;-)
21-23 Stroud Green Road
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