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Metro Room Jazz Jam hosted by acclaimed saxophonist Ken Fowser

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Metro Room Jazz Jam hosted by acclaimed saxophonist Ken Fowser
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11:30 PM
Metropolitan Room, New York, NY
  • 1 Beverage Min
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00 - $115.00
  • Door Time: 10:45 PM
  • Show Type: Jazz
  • Restrictions: 1 Beverage Min
Metro Room Jazz Jam hosted by acclaimed saxophonist Ken Fowser (More about Ken... and/or the blog I created (

Rick Germanson has been a highly in-demand pianist on the New York City Jazz scene for over a decade. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rick moved to New York City on the heels of winning the GRAND PRIZE at The American Pianists' Association Jazz Piano Competition in 1996. His accomplishments have garnered much adoration from the media and led to him being chosen as Best of New Talent in 2004 by All About Jazz NYC. 
Since 2001 to the present, Rick has been touring and recording with The Cannonball Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes (the original drummer of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet). From 2003-2008 Rick toured with the legendary guitarist Pat Martino. Rick is also currently the U.S. touring pianist with bassist Kyle Eastwood and Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours Rick has toured throughout the world, performing at many of the top jazz festivals, concert halls and clubs with the following jazz artists: Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine; Regina Carter; Russell Malone; George Coleman; Tom Harrell; Slide Hampton; Frank Morgan; Eric Alexander; Frank Lacy; Marlena Shaw; Kevin Mohagany; Grady Tate; Dr. Eddie Henderson; Steve Davis; Donald Harrison; Brian Lynch; Jeremy Pelt; Jim Rotondi; Duane Eubanks; Charles McPherson, Charles Davis; Craig Handy; Cecil Payne; Gerald Cannon; Carolyn Leonhart and Mingus Dynasty Big Band among others. 
Rick's latest CD:  Rick Germanson "Live at Smalls"
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A jam session is a musical act where musicians play by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. Jam sessions are often used by musicians to develop new material, find suitable arrangements, or simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to sophisticated improvised recording sessions intended to be edited and released to the public.
Jam Sessions are an old Jazz tradition, and serve several important functions in the Jazz community.  They allow emerging players to test their skills in front of an audience.  Jam sessions also provide an opportunity for "cutting contests" where musicians vie for dominance by comparing their imaginations and improvisational skills in a live face-to-face situation.   Also, Jam sessions allow musicians new to the area to network, and show what they have to offer.