Open Jam Sessions

Let’s jam! The Julie Davis School of Music at Swallow Hill offers donation-based weekly open jam sessions in Denver, as well as monthly genre-specific jams from bluegrass to jazz and much more.

Open jam sessions at Swallow Hill have been a tradition dating back to our beginnings as part of the Denver Folklore Center in the 1960s.

To keep our jam sessions going, we ask that attendees consider contributing a suggested donation of $5-10 to directly support our teachers and music school. Donate online here or in-person with cash at the jam.

Have questions about an upcoming open jam session?
We’re happy to help – email us at info@swallowhillmusic.org.

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Explore Our Open Jam Sessions

Jams are led by our expert instructors and community members. Weekly jams are held in our Quinlan Cafe downstairs, and monthly jams are held in various rooms throughout our building on Broadway and Yale.

All levels and instruments are welcome!

Jams are not offered when our building is closed for various holidays and are subject to other cancellations. Please check individual jams below for date/time changes and sign up for our newsletter to stay updated.

Swallow Hill Bluegrass Band

Monday Night Jam

Led by Spencer Erik Crawford

Every Monday at 8 pm

Swallow Hill Bluegrass Band

Tuesday Night Jam

Led by Mike Jagel

Every Tuesday at 8 pm

Barry Brown

Wednesday Night Jam

Led by Caleb Schwing

Every Wednesday at 8 pm

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Bluegrass Jam

Led by Virginia Anderson

Every 4th Sunday
2pm – 4pm

June: 6/23, July: 7/28, Aug: 8/25

Roy Willey

Circle Singing

Led by Roy Willey

Every 2nd Saturday

* no June jam, July: 7/13, *Aug: moved to 8/17

Caleb James Hall

Clawhammer Corner

Led by Caleb James Hall

Last Thursday of Every Month
6pm – 7pm

June: 6/27, July: 7/25, Aug: TBD

A standing woman plays bass guitar while looking down at a music stand, and to the right of her another woman stands and plays the ukulele and sings in a classroom with a clock and concert posters on the wall during a music class at Swallow Hill Music in Denver.

Denver Uke Community

Led by Doug Brown

Every 3rd Saturday
10:30am – 1pm

June: 6/15, July: 7/20, Aug: 8/17

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Irish Jam

Led by John Hammer

Every 1st Sunday
1pm – 3pm

June: 6/2, July: 7/7, Aug: 8/4

Swallow Hill Bluegrass Band

Jazz Jam

Led by Felix Ayodele

Every 2nd Sunday
2pm – 4pm

 June: 6/9, * no July jam, Aug: TBD

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Loop 2 Loop Vocal Improv Jam

Led by Roy Willey and Tom Weiser

Every 1st Thursday
6:30pm – 8:30pm

* no June jam, * no July jam, Aug: 8/1

Swallow Hill Bluegrass Band

Old-Time Jam

Led by Jake Loew

Every 3rd Sunday
1pm – 3pm

June: 6/16, July: 7/21, Aug: 8/18

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Tabla Jam

Led by Nabin Shrestha

Every 2nd Saturday
10am – 1pm

June: moved to 6/15, July: 7/13, Aug: 8/10