By enlisting the services of Big Joe Kennedy and Spread The Jam, your local community can enjoy a concert at your venue, as well as a workshop tailored for high school jazz students and other interested members of the community. This unique experience grants young learners the incredible opportunity to perform alongside our band, trading solos, and sharing the stage with experienced professionals in their field. The invaluable skills required to create music in collaboration with fellow musicians are thoroughly explored in Joe's book, Spread The Jam, which will be made available to students in both digital and print formats.
Prior to the workshop, a selection of songs can be accessed and downloaded from the Spread The Jam page, providing students with the chance to familiarize themselves with the material in advance. During the workshop, students will have the freedom to choose which songs they would like to perform alongside us. The book comprehensively covers essential skills such as leading a musical piece, deciphering nonverbal cues like hand signals, as well as other insights shared throughout a performance. Additionally, it delves into the art of improvisation and offers guidance on how to initiate collaborations with other musicians.
“In sum, Big Joe Kennedy’s “Amalgamation” is a triumph – an embodiment of musical brilliance, passion, and artistry. With each track, Kennedy and his ensemble weave a sonic tapestry that invites listeners on an enchanting voyage through the heart and soul of blues and jazz. It’s a testament to Big Joe Kennedy’s enduring musical legacy and his unwavering commitment to his craft, a gift to all who revel in the magic of timeless music.” - Jacob Aiden
“In ‘Spread the Jam,’ Joe Kennedy isn’t merely imparting knowledge; he’s conducting an orchestra of enlightenment, inviting readers to join the symphony of spontaneous creation. Through eloquent prose and expert guidance, Kennedy’s opus is a love letter to the transformative power of music—a masterpiece that not only educates but also inspires, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of musicians, both seasoned and aspiring.” - Rick Jamm