Jazz culture is blooming at Ohio Northern University thanks to weekly jam sessions that expand learning opportunities for students in settings that extend beyond the classroom.
A jam session is an informal gathering of musicians who play and improvise together, especially in jazz or blues, using no music and literally improvising “on the fly” as they play.
At ONU, jam sessions are run by Gene Parker, adjunct professor of jazz at Ohio Northern.
Jam sessions occur at El Campo restaurant in Ada.
The band usually consists of Parker and his students and, sometimes, other professional musicians in addition to Parker.