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What is music jamming or song jamming?

Posted by Warthog on May 21, 2004

In Reply to: What is music jamming or song jamming? posted by Curious Student on May 21, 2004

: What does the phrase "music jamming" refer to? Why does it have the word "jam" in it? What meaning of the word "jam" supports the intended meaning of the phrase "music jamming"?

: With what intent do musicians jam music?

'to jam' is an expression used by musicians to describe performing together without a set purpose or itinery. a 'jam session' is often between musicians who do not usually play together and just play one-off for the fun of it.

it may have a deep south origin, as it certainly has been used in jazz and blues longer than in mainstream music. perhaps it comes from people filling the stage - as often an open jam session would get a lot of people up there.