Good Tidings

CJ receives OCF grant – thank you supporters! 
Great news! Community Jams just received a Small Arts & Culture grant from Fred W. Fields Fund of Oregon Community Foundation. This is a direct result of your enthusiastic participation, ongoing support, and collaboration in making Community Jams a valuable service for Portland musicians! We thank you all so much!
Plans for caroling on Peacock Lane
We have scheduled our Peacock Lane street Christmas caroling this Saturday. If we do NOT have rain, we’ll be meeting on the driveway at 817 Peacock Lane (the Peanuts house) at 7pm. Please check the meetup page on Saturday morning to see if the meetup is cancelled due to the likely chance of rain! RSVP here.
Musicians groove at Saturday Socials, October 2021
Seasons Meetings!
Join us for jams 
open to ALL singers, players, and abilities, all located at our Madison Studio at 211 SE Madison Street in Portland. Our Wednesday jam is aimed at beginners. Mask up and visit on the days that work best for you, and we’ll adjust the jam theme to the group’s interests. Here are the open jam times:Saturdays (requires proof of vaccination) – 2-5pm – RSVP
Mondays – 6pm, – RSVP
Wednesdays (Beginner Jam) – 7pm – RSVP
Thursdays – 7pm – RSVP
To view a list of our beginner jam-friendly songs, please visit the Community Jams website and click on Songs > Beginner Jam Song List, or click here:

Songs are all nicely charted in the bSteele Music App, an online web app that is accessible to everyone, no installation required. To see the full library in the bSteele Music App, click here:

Themed jams
NINJAM during Deep Groove Jam Mondays
NINJAM is an online format which allows distanced musicians to play repeated musical phrases asynchronously together. This creates easy-to-access familiar jam experiences while staying online and distanced. We’ll play as usual in the studio from 6-8pm on Mondays, and use NINJAM during the first half of the jam. Visit our NINJAM page for info on setting up distance play sessions.
NINJAM 6-7pm, Madison Street Studio, 211 SE Madison St Portland
RSVP on the calendar

 Improvise on Mondays
Create melodic riffs and improvise free from charts and planning as we make it music on the spot. If you know chords on your instrument and can follow basic rhythm, improv creates memorable blends while stretching musical wings alongside others!
Improv Jam 8-10pm, Madison Street Studio, 211 SE Madison St Portland
RSVP on the calendar

Back-to-basics on Wednesdays
If you are new to making music live with others, then the open Wednesday jam is the perfect place to answer basic questions about what and how to play together. Also learn the basics of reading our easy song charts in the bsteele Music App library (requires a name and no password) with nearly 1400 songs to sing and play! 
7-9:30pm, Madison Street Studio, 211 SE Madison St Portland
RSVP on the calendar

 COVID-conscious jams on Saturdays
By popular demand, this jam requires masks and proof of vaccination. Keep your groove going with simple classic songs that work for the level of everyone in the group. Everybody is invited to participate, as best they can, in a casual setting.

2-5pm, Madison Street Studio at 211 SE Madison Street, Portland OR
RSVP on the calendar
Updated mask requirements

As of July 27, the Oregon Health Authority recommends masks in all indoor public spaces, so we now require masks in the studio regardless of vaccination status. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.
Community Jams Studio location:
(inside East Creative Collective building)
211 SE Madison St – Suite 23
Portland, OR 97214
Exterior doors are kept locked, so please ring the door chime at the Madison Street entrance so we can let you in.
Thank you again, supporters! 
We really appreciate your ongoing donations, particularly through recurring options like those offered on PayPal. Also, every time you shop online, be sure to use AmazonSmile which automatically donates .5% of your purchases to the charity you select. 

Most of all, join us to play and share music, reach out to others in the community with music, and always have fun. Happy holidays!

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