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Front Porch Pandemic Jazz Jam

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until October 29, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE University City Neighborhood, 5626 Bloch St., San Diego, CA 92122
  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free

Hello friends, neighbors and jazz fans. This Thursday, August 27, will be the 18th weekly edition of the Front Porch Pandemic Jazz Jam at 5626 Bloch St. San Diego (University City) 92122.

We’ve decided to continue doing this every Thursday at least until we fall back to standard time in early November and possibly beyond depending on this damn pandemic. We start around 4:30 p.m. and play for a couple of hours or so, always ending before 7 p.m.

Most weeks there’s 5 musicians (the original 3+2): Jack Hoffman (piano), Roy Jenkins (bass), Greg Pardue (saxophones), Phil Marcus (guitar), and Bob Horne (drums & vocals). Although we may have an occasional guest or sub, this is the usual band so we can also adhere to current physical distancing guidelines.

The music we play is classic jazz and swing from the Great American Songbook along with some Latin styles like bossa novas and sambas. Many of the songs are classics by composers and musicians like Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Stan Getz and more. Even though you’ll probably recognize many of the songs, in addition to improvised solos by all of us, we always play around with the melodies, tempos and rhythms and we never play any song the same way twice. That’s what makes it jazz. We’ve also expanded the song list quite a lot so if you haven’t heard us in a while, it’s never the same set list from week to week. We know (or can fake) 100’s of songs so you never know what we might pull out of our hat. Songs are called out on the spot and arrangements can be on the fly. It’s loose, it’s flexible and it’s fun. That’s why we refer to this as a jazz jam/workshop rather than a concert.

The audience usually numbers around 2 to 3 dozen or so with people coming and going all of the time. Some folks in the neighborhood listen from their front or back yards however most people bring lawn chairs and sit on the sidewalks, driveways and edge of the street or listen from their cars. A lot of people bring picnics and their favorite beverage (wine tasting is very popular). Even though the musicians are long time pros, this is a free musical event and the band receives no compensation other than the enjoyment of playing some jazz with friends. It’s intended to provide a musical break from this pandemic and it’s as much for the musicians as it is for the audience. People (family groups) are physically distanced and masks are everywhere plus it’s outside, only a mile or two from the coast and there’s usually a nice breeze. Most weeks there’s even a few dancers.

Lastly and most importantly, please observe physical distancing guidelines and wear a mask when appropriate. We want you to stay safe and healthy.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional photo for the Front Porch Jazz Jam. Courtesy ...

Above: Promotional photo for the Front Porch Jazz Jam. Courtesy of All About Jazz.


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