Had a great time tonight jamming with some local Chandler musicians and hanging out with some high school buddies…
One of my favorite things to do when I’m out of town is sit in with local jazz musicians. Tonight I searched JazzinAZ.org and found a jam session very close to where my mom lives, here in Chandler, AZ. After confirming telephonically, I let my friends know and everything was set.
The house band featured Dave Ihlenfeld on Keyboard, Pete Gitlin on Bass and Cleve Huff on drums. There was also another fluglehorn player jamming named Ken (didn’t catch his last name).
It was also a wonderful opportunity to meet with two dear friends from high school (we went to Andress High School in El Paso). It was great getting caught up with them.
The nice thing about the Pita Jungle jam is that it’s at a restaurant, not a bar. That means it is appropriate for the entire family. There were children as young as five years old digging on the music when we were there. It’s a great way to introduce your children to jazz music without exposing them to bar life. It is also a wonderful opportunity for a young musician to get his or her feet wet. I was sitting in at jam sessions like this one when I was a junior in high school. I truly believe that this is part of what lead to my current abilities as a player today.