New Home for Jazz Jam
The Jam Session, a nonprofit organization that has hosted a weekly jazz jam at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor since 2009, has announced a new home as of next month.
Bay Burger is closing on Oct. 8. The Jam Session will hold its final session there Thursday, Sept. 27. The following week, on Oct. 4, the jam will sound anew at Union Cantina in Southampton.
"Dear fellow musicians and lovers of great music," began an email from Claes Brondal, a drummer and founder of the Jazz Jam. "My heart is heavy and confused. Since the birth of the Jam Session in 2009 we have had Bay Burger as our home. Hundreds of hours of music and many, many radio shows. Musicians from around the globe have been performing in this most unusual but very hip jazz club on Sag Harbor Turnpike."
Mr. Brondal, who also holds jazz concerts at Southampton Arts Center, described the Jam Session's time at Bay Burger as "a game changer for many musicians" that also offered a gathering place for the community.
The Jazz Jam typically features a special guest in the first hour and a jam session in the second. One session each month is dedicated to Afro-Cuban jazz. The sessions are recorded for later broadcast on 88.3 WPPB.
Players including Mr. Brondal, the vocalist Olivia Foschi, the trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, and the bassist Peter Martin Weiss will perform next Thursday at the Jazz Jam's final session at Bay Burger. On Oct. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m., the Jam Session will debut at Union Cantina with Bill O'Connell on piano, Oscar Feldman on saxophone, Mr. Sipiagin on trumpet, Rafael Cruz on percussion, Steve Salerno on guitar, Essiet Essiet on bass, and Mr. Brondal on drums.
"There always has to be a silver lining somewhere," Mr. Brondal wrote, "and hopefully we found it."