Jam Sessions in Madrid's Blues Scene: Musical Experience in Hybrid Performance Models Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2014

start page

  • 73

end page

  • 86


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2079-3871


  • Examining the differences between presentational and participatory music, this paper explores the importance of jam sessions as hybrid participatory-presentational performance models and
    collective musical practices. As such, they display democratic and hierarchic devices that
    produce complex social and cultural settings, providing particular frameworks for community
    gathering and interaction between the different participants. Based on my field research in
    Madrid's blues scene, where jam sessions have proliferated widely, I will discuss two significant
    and distinct jams that take place every Sunday. The aim is to practically analyse what type of
    musical experiences and relationships they produce, considering the significance of the blues
    genre production and the underground status of the scene. I intend to broaden the academic
    interpretation of jam sessions, suggesting hybridity as a theoretical framework for analysing the
    social life of situated live music experiences in different genres.


  • jam session; madrid; blues; presentational; participatory; performance