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Penny Black Jam

February 6, 2014 by Kim Lajoie

Well, that was fun!

A night of funk played by some great musicians. Five funk bands. And – get this – they assembled on the spot, without having played together before or prepared any songs. They just got up and jammed. And it sounded amazing.

See, the Penny Black jam night is like an open mic of sorts, except it’s not just singers. It’s drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, saxophonists and trumpeters. The list of musicians ready to play filled a whole page. And that was just people showing up on the night.

This was no amateur hour either – everyone on stage was clearly an impressive musician in their own right. Every set of musicians set the bar higher than the previous. At times veering between soul and jazz, the whole night was a real treat. The fact that it worked so well is a testament to the copious talent available in and around Melbourne.

Duncan Schmoll, who organises the Penny Black jam night, is aiming to establish it as a weekly event. If you’re a musician with a penchant for some dangerous funk improv with musicians you’ve never met, you’ll definitely get a kick out of this. If you’re a music lover, this is a live event with a style that’s quite unlike much of the rest of what’s happening in Melbourne. Check it out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pennyblack.jam


The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

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Kim Lajoie

Kim writes about the human side of music production (attitudes, psychology, workflow, etc) on his blog (blog.kimlajoie.com) and other websites. He also teaches music composition at Monash University and runs the record label Obsessive Music.

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