Following the success of the inaugural jam night last term, Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra (NUJO) in association with MUSSOC returned to host a jazz jam at Bar Loco last Thursday. Providing an ever-solid house band and rhythm section for the evening, the tunes ranged from classic ballads to swing numbers, blues, funk, salsa, pop and more. And plenty of improvisation, of course.
Undeniably an event for all music lovers, musician or not, the jam saw a spectacular turnout of both players and audience members, on both accounts adding to the evening’s buzzing vibe.
For anyone who had the misfortune of missing out, don’t fear; there is another scheduled for Thursday the 8th of March. Those who play, regardless of skill level, are encouraged to bring their instruments along and join in with the jam, as it’s a great chance to get to know other musicians and perform without fear of driving your housemates mad! If you’re not a musician then no problem; come and enjoy the music, soak in the atmosphere and have a few drinks with your mates.
NUJO is a long-running big band based at the university. You have probably seen the full band play at a society ball or function you’ve attended. The jam night is a chance to see some of the musicians perform in a more intimate, less formal setting. Naturally entry is free, and guests can come and go as they like!