The longstanding tradition of the after-hours jam in Harlem is back @ Gin Fizz
Full Circle Mondays, hosted by Noah Jackson
The history of the jam session is in many ways the history of jazz. Equal parts breeding ground and proving ground, the jam is inextricably tied to the history of the cutting contest, a blowing battle of one-upmanship over multiple choruses where players try to literally bust each other’s chops. Historically, cutting contests are primarily identified as a phenomenon among stride pianists of the 1920s and ’30s; stride greats like Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith and James P. Johnson were legendarily competitive at New York clubs and rent parties.
The Birth of Bebop is attributed to several jazz giants: Dizzy Gillespie, Saxophonist Charlie Parker, pianist Thelonious Monk, and drummer Kenny Clarke. These men were influenced by an earlier generation of innovative swing players such as saxophonists Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins, pianist Art Tatum, guitarist Charlie Christian, and bassist Jimmy Blanton.
The pioneers of bebop began their careers in swing bands led by Cab Calloway, Earl Hines, and Billy Eckstine. During this period, the bebop innovators performed swing for white audiences early in the evening and then traveled to Harlem nightclubs for after-hours jams. Because most players did not have the freedom the let their creative juices flow during their regular performances, Harlem jams often turned into cutting sessions where players attempted to out-lay each other with nearly impossible riffs and experimentation runs.
About Noah Jackson
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Noah Jackson is a bassist, cellist, and composer playing a wide variety of music from jazz and classical, to funk and soul. A graduate of Michigan State University (B.M.) under the direction of Rodney Whitaker, and Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) with Dr. Larry Ridley, Noah Jackson has been performing internationally and across the US with many top acts in music. Known for his infectious time, support, and creativity, his distinct sound is a presence that compliments nearly any musical situation. Noah has performed with world renowned artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Branford Marsails, Jason Marsalis, The Marsalis Family, Hugh Masekela, Jazzmeia Horn, George Burton, JD Allen, Terrence Blanchard, Keyon Harold, Ravi Coltrane, Gloria Gaynor, and Winard Harper. Additionally, he's performed in many prominent venues and jazz festivals including, but not limited to, Radio City Music Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Royal Albert Hall, The Library of Congress, Musical Instrument Museum, The Royal Conservatory (Toronto, ON), SFJAZZ, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Joy of Jazz (Johannesburg, South Africa), London Jazz Festival, Cape Town Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Nice Jazz Festival. As a member of NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim's quartet, Noah has recorded an improvised soundtrack for the John Irwin film- Mandela's Gun which won a 2018 Harlem Film Festival Award for Best Soundtrack. As a bandleader, his jazz group Full Circle has performed in many venues around New York City and Detroit to well received audiences. His group recorded an album, "Contemplations: A Suite", which has garnered critical praise. As a leader of the Ase string quartet, he was commissioned to compose and direct the quartet in a multidisciplinary collaborative art project- Practicing: Silence at Grace Farms under the direction of Kenyon Adams as part of their Practicing series alongside featured dancers from the American Ballet Theater. Noah currently resides in Harlem, New York City.