Our hills are flooded with roots and folk music. And now, thanks to the Jake Hertzog Trio, jazz jams are becoming a regular thing in downtown Fayetteville.
Each month, Jake Hertzog and his bandmates- drummer Chris Teal and bassist Garrett Jones- hold the University of Arkansas Jazz Jam Session at Stage Eighteen. Hertzog hopes that establishing a night for jazz will help elevate local, upcoming musicians and also give the wider community the chance to engage with this type of music in a live setting.
"I heard sombody say that the jam session was the original jazz education,"Hertzog muses as he corrals horn players and helps plug in a keyboard before his own jam.
For the unfamiliar, instrumental jazz can often be intimidating, Teal explains. This night gives musicians a chance to be advocates for jazz, while introducing others to the history and structure of the music.
The next U of A Jazz Jam Session is Nov. 13 at 8 p.m.