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Jamming with U-JAM

April 29, 2009

ujamlogowebU-JAM (Universal Jazz Advocates and Mentors Society) is a jazz society with a difference. Unlike the network of societies across Canada that put their main emphasis on bringing in touring musicians, U-JAM’s entire raison d’etre is supporting the activities of local musicians and the local jazz audience.

Back in the fall when I wrote a major feature on the Victoria jazz scene for Monday Magazine, musician and businessman Dave Paulson, a co-founder of U-JAM and its current president, told me the society was created from a desire “to foster a more vibrant local scene and to be “a positive adjunct to what they (the VJS) were doing but with more of a local focus in trying to develop an audience and create a network for local musicians.”

And as I reported then, “U-JAM supports the local scene through a number of activities, including monthly events with Victoria musicians, monthly jam sessions at Tom Lee Music (geared to players new to jazz), and clinics in the schools using local players. They raised $3000 for the jazz program at UVic and have also hosted a “Diva Night” that raised funds for a women’s transition house.”

U-JAM is doing valuable community work and deserves our support. Tonight (Wednesday, April 27th) at Hermann’s at 8pm, they host their annual tribute to jazz vocalists, featuring Joe Coughlin, Miranda Sage, Jill Galt, Barbara Blair, among others.

Consider checking it out and consider joining U-JAM. You can visit the society online at http://u-jam.ca

– Rick Gibbs

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