Slow Jam Fizz

Announcing a new online old-time slow-ish jam, with a twist!

Sponsored by the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention, it will be on Zoom every Friday 4-5pm Pacific Time.  We also livestream it to YouTube - search for the Slow Jam Fizz on our YouTube channel:


The inaugural jam was so successful that we have now upgraded our Zoom account to allow up to 500 participants.  And, if the jam leaders give permission, Slow Jam Fizz will be archived on the BOTMC YouTube channel.

Each week will have different amazing leaders. All tunes will be led by the leaders, so it won’t be a round robin like some jams you might be used to. It will be all instrumentals — fiddle/banjo tunes.

The definition of “slow” will be left to the discretion of the leaders. Sometimes it might be too fast for you, sometimes too slow. If it’s too fast, try it anyway! It’ll be a challenge, and what have you got to lose?

Here are some unique advantages of an online jam:

  •     Nobody can hear you if you screw up!

  •     You can’t hear others if they screw up!

  •     You can hear the details of the leaders’ playing.

  •     You can enjoy jam leaders from all over rather than from only your home community.

It will be free, but tips to the leaders are encouraged.

Here’s the upcoming lineup. Be prepared not to be bored! Hope you’ll join us.

Past jams:

February 19 - Suzy & Eric Thompson

 The Horsenecks (Gabrielle Macrae & Barry Southern) will lead a future jam.

To join: Get the zoom link by sending an email to 

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OUR FUNDERS:  We greatly appreciate the generous support of Ed Littlefield, Jr.; Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA), in partnership with the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation; the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission; the Alameda County Art Commission; and the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. 

Thanks also to our nonprofit sponsors:  Freight & SalvageKPFA-FMAshkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, and the California Bluegrass Association


Extra-special thanks to our Valiant Volunteer Coordinator, Lael Sigal, and of course to all our volunteers – they make the BOTMC possible!


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