HEMET – Something new is coming for musicians, dancers and jazz lovers of all kinds, and it’s already drawing attention from Orange County to Palm Springs.
Beginning Sunday, May 21, and continuing on the third Sunday of every month from 2 to 5 p.m.., the Hemet Jazz Jam will provide a venue for musicians to gather and play for fun, to improve their craft and just have a good time.
Dancers will also enjoy the large wood dance floor. While jazz is well suited to swing dancing, other styles may also be included such as waltz and Latin music.
Sierra Dawn Clubhouse No. 4, located at 1050 San Marcos Drive, has a large capacity for table seating, as well as a full stage and a kitchen to serve various refreshments during the music season.
Admission to the Jazz Jam is $5 per person and $4 for Sierra Dawn residents. Musicians who wish to participate are admitted free. Donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of refreshments which will include snacks, coffee, punch or lemonade.
Musical selections will range from traditional jazz standards to Dixieland and blues. Performing musicians will be able to select tunes they wish to play, joining in impromptu mixed ensembles and opportunities to take solos according to desire and ability.
Players of all levels are welcome to participate. Those who haven’t played in a while are encouraged to dust off their instruments and get their “chops” back. A grand piano, drum set and sound system are provided.
The host band, “Timeless,” a local seven-piece band based in Hemet, will kick off the first set of the afternoon’s entertainment. Once things are in full swing, all musicians will be able to join in, giving ample opportunity for all to participate. The casual setting will enable everyone to have fun in a completely relaxed atmosphere.