Spread the Jam is a book and workshop written, created, and lead by Joe Kennedy. In clubs and venues everywhere musicians are getting together with no rehearsal and making memorable music on the fly. How do they do it? Why do they do it? They communicate, listen, and exchange musical ideas through verbal and non-verbal ways. There is a communal energy. They are all working together for the music. They do it because it fulfills them. It's exciting, it's challenging, and it's creating bonds that last a lifetime.

Do you want to grab your guitar or horn and jump on stage? Have you been playing at home for years and want to venture outside of your comfort zones but don't know where to begin? Grab a copy of Spread the Jam and play along with the examples. Create a game plan to explore the jams in your area or call your friends and create the scene you want to be a part of. Get out there and bask in the unknown.

Joe has partnered with Mahogany Jazz Hall in New Orleans to bring this workshop to life. A licensed educator, Joe has experience with aligning instruction to National standards and expectations, diversifying his teachings to meet the needs of various learners, and engaging young musicians in an enriching musical adventure. Kennedy has over a decade of teaching experience from college jazz ensembles to beginning piano students, 6th grade beginner band, and more. He has been a clinician, arranger, music director, band leader, and sideman. Through decades of performances and travel Joe has found great success in utilizing the tools and teachings he picked up while playing at jams and sitting in on the gigs of friends to create a fulfilling musical career in the heart of the birthplace of jazz.

 In partnering with Mahogany Jazz Hall, Joe will be hosting workshops for ensembles and musical groups visiting New Orleans. These workshops will be more than a performance for the students. They will be a performance with the students. The band director will be supplied a collection of tunes written for flute, clarinet, alto, tenor, baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm section for students to learn before the workshop. At the workshop the students will be performing in a jam session setting with professional musicians! These musicians have graced stages from Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Tipitina's, Preservation Hall, and more!

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This workshop is also available to come to you! We can bring our program directly to your classroom and deliver a great musical experience for the students, and perform a concert for the community. 

Give your young musician the thrill of a lifetime! Help them get on stage with veteran musicians and experience the electricity and feel of performing with players who are masters of their craft.

For Band Directors

Download the tunes here for your students to learn and play with the professional musicians in the workshop.

We can also play standards such as: All Of Me, All Blues, All The Things You Are, Back Home Again In Indiana, Blue Monk, Blue Skies, Bye Bye Blackbird, C Jam Blues, Caravan, Doxy, Fly Me To The Moon, In A Mellow Tone (Rose Room), Mack The Knife, My Little Suede Shoes, Oleo, Satin Doll, So What, Solar, St. Thomas, Straight No Chaser, Struttin' With Some BBQ, Summertime, Take The A Train, Tenor Madness, and more. 

St. James Infirmary 8 bar blues 103 KB
Shake That Thing 12 bar blues 132 KB
Tin Roof Blues 12 bar blues 189 KB
St. Louis Blues 12 bar blues w/ an 8 bar minor section 300 KB
Down By The Riverside AB form 171 KB
The Sheik Of Araby AB form 163 KB
Careless Love AB form 110 KB
Hindustan AB form 144 KB
Farewell Blues AB form 132 KB
Margie AB form 159 KB
Wabash Blues AB form 143 KB
Ja-Da AB with a tag 121 KB
Avalon AABA form 153 KB
Five Foot Two AABA form 165 KB
Oh, Lady Be Good AABA form 176 KB

Master classes represent an opportunity for initiation into the music profession, providing insights...into the thinking of a professional musician...[Master classes] enhance goal-related learning strategies by raising intrinsic motivation, providing performance and self-appraisal opportunities through comparison with peers. 

- Marion Long, Susan Hallam, Andrea Creech, Helena Gaunt and Linnhe Robertson, "Do Prior Experience, Gender, or Level of Study Influence Music Students' Perspectives on Master Classes?"

Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of witnessing or taking part in a master class is the idea that the performance heard at the beginning of the session is not a finished product but a starting point.

- Angela Taylor, “Participation in a Master Class: Experiences of Older Amateur Pianists,” Music Education Research 12, no. 2 (June 2010) 199.

Recordings

Spread The Jam Volume 1

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Spread The Jam Volume 2

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VIDEOS

Here we have That Da Da Strain. In the first video you can see us talk through the piece and how we are going to play it. We quickly sort out if we will be playing the verse and when we will be playing it. There is some back and forth as we figure out if we want to go back to the verse after solos or just stay on the chorus. 

The second video is us playing the piece and following the format we discussed. Verse, chorus, verse, chorus (solos), stay on chorus after solos until the end. Another thing to note is that just before the end Mike gave the signal for "4" telling us all that he wanted to tag the last 4 measures. 

The next video is Margie. An important thing to watch for is near the end Catie holds up 4 fingers meaning she wants to tag the last 4 measures but the rest of us missed it. We ended cleanly at the end of the form. Sometimes these things happen. 

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