Here’s how they work: aspiring improvisers of any age, any level of ability, and playing any instrument – or singing – get to sit in with a professional jazz group, the CNY Jazz Orchestra rhythm section with Joe Carello on sax, leading the band and emceeing – just bring any music for us to read, and you’re the leader of the band! Even if you don’t have music, we can just jam on a blues. We’ll give you positive, constructive coaching and feedback, right on the spot. You can also bring friends to jam with, a horn section or a whole group, and you can play a number yourselves – but remember, everyone attending has to get up and play solo as well.

You can grab a slice at Cam’s Pizzeria or a coffee and snack at Dunkin’ Donuts while you’re there – or just sit by the fire. It’s a fun hang.

Oh – and they are FREE, thanks to our friends at Le Moyne College, our host for the series!

All events are free, with no cover charge, and holders of CNY Jazz Club cards will enjoy 10% food and drink discount at Cam’s Pizzeria.

A full “Scholastic Jazz Jams” schedule can be found at