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Jazz Jam Cafe

There was a time when Dizzy, Miles, Sonny, and Milt would greet the Lower Fillmore dawn with improvisational blasts of after-hours brilliance at Jimbo's Bop City and other venues. Today, half a century later, the local jazz scene is but a shadow of that halcyon era. There are a few places that are keeping the give-and-take artistry of the jam session experience alive, however: Rasselas, 1534 Fillmore, 346-8696 (Mondays at 8 p.m.); Beach Chalet, 1000 Great Highway, 386-8439 (Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.); and Skip's Tavern, 453 Cortland, 282-3456 (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.). Jazz Jam Cafe is a Sebastopol-based information clearinghouse for everyone interested in Bay Area jam sessions. Call them toll free or visit to find out how you can keep America's classical music healthy and thriving.


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