East Bay sessions 

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This section includes all Alameda Co., Contra Costa Co. and points east, including the I-80 corridor.

Vinnie's, Concord

When: Mondays 9pm

Where:  Vinnie's Bar & Grill, 2045 Mt. Diablo St, Concord  925.685.9515

Host: Varies

Jam now bills itself as "open mic" but recent video shows a drum + bass backline. No idea what the heck is going on there now, so send a review! (Updated Apr 2019 by SJ)

The Bistro, Hayward

When: First Sunday Monthly jazz session, 4pm
When: Second and Third Sundays blues sessions, 4pm (Host: Gary Lamb)
When: Fourth Sundays blues sessions, 4pm (Host: Dave Walker
When: Occasional Sunday jazz session, 9pm,

Where: The Bistro, 1001 B Street, Hayward  510.886.8525

Hayward's best-known live music venue has multiple sessions. Call ahead on Sunday to see which session is in the house, and send a review!

Armando's, Martinez

Where: Armando's, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez   925.228.6985  

We are sad to announce that the owner of the building where Armando's is located has served a 30-day eviction notice. Accordingly, Armando's will be closed indefinitely after February 9th, 2020. We have had a great time over the last 14+ years, and loved every minute! So much talent has graced our stage, and we have had tremendous love and support from the artists, the patrons and our team. Roy Jeans will be looking for an alternative location, and we are hopeful Armando's will rise up again and continue to be a cherished part of the musical landscape in Martinez.

Ivy Room, Albany

When: Tuesday evenings  9pm-12:30am

Where: Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave, Albany  510.526.5888

Host: Mike Toth

New session as of Jan 2016, with Facebook Link here. No signups, no slots, fluid situations. Full backline including guitar amps. Song selections tend toward funk, classic soul and jazz of the non-reading and horn-friendly sort; expect to see horn players every session. As with all new sessions, recommend messaging host on FB to confirm the jam is still on. Send a review!

Jam re-confirmed with hosting venue as of Jan 2017 (updated by SJ)

Marina Lounge, San Leandro

When: Thursday evenings 9pm

Where: Marina Lounge, 13880 Catalina St., SL   510.483.8622

Host: Varies

Jam is ongoing. Open to varied genres - blues, rock, soul. Signup board for instruments  before 9pm. No cover.

NOTE: This jam was suspended in late 2015 due to licensing issues and needs re-confirmation.

Mojo Lounge, Fremont

When: Tuesday night blues jam 8pm - midnight

Where: Mojo Lounge, 3714 Peralta Blvd, Fremont   510.739.1028

Host: Aki Kumar  Session link

[From Aki's web site] 2017 ANNOUNCEMENT - Starting in 2017, Aki Kumar's Tuesday night blues jam is moving to San Jose's renowned Poor House Bistro. We have had a great run in Fremont but we're looking forward to bringing our blues jam to San Jose. [PHB site is less clear, more info about this here soon - SJ]

Meenar Music Club, Danville

When: Tuesday evening anything-goes jam

Where: Meenar's Music Club, 349 Hartz Ave, Danville 925.838.1186

Host: ??

We are hearing reports of a Tuesday night session here, with full backline, open to anything and everything. We have no other information. Strongly recommend calling ahead. Send a review!

Dark Horse Lounge, Hayward

When: Third Fridays Blues Jam  8pm - midnight

Where: Dark Horse Lounge, 24018 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward  510.397.2233

Host: Joe Lococo

This jam shifted around a bunch, and now its (back) at this location on the third Friday of the month. Blues, Rock & Roll, R&B are on the menu. NOTE: There is a $5 cover charge for this session.  Send a review!

Chris' Club, Vallejo

When: Monday night blues jam 7-11pm

Where: Chris' Club, 656 Benicia Road, Vallejo  707-552-2916

Host: Bay Area Blues Society, Ronnie Stewart

This is a terrible jam. I've gone to this jam a few times and they have a list that's thrown away if any of the hosts friends show up, which is often. If you go a few times, you will notice there are few regulars in terms of the musicians who show up.  There's a reason for that.  If you're a glutton for rude hosts and favoritism, then by all means this jam is for you. (Updated May 2015 by JH)

Mira Theater, Vallejo

Per the host, this session has moved to the Vallejo UMC, see below. (updated Jan 2017 by PK)

Vallejo Jazz Jam

When: first or second Saturdays (call ahead) 12-2pm

Where: First United Methodist Church of Vallejo, 502 Virginia St, Vallejo

Host: Patricia Kutza 707.319.4184 or pkutza at pacbell.net

Formerly held at Mira. This is a jazz session reading Real Books. Location is at the First United Methodist Church of Vallejo, on Sonoma Blvd at Virginia St. (Enter thru black iron gate on Virginia St, to the right of the church steps). Note from Host: All levels of musicians (including singers) welcome for non-competitive and supportive environment. You must bring instruments and amps if needed. Repertoire primarily based on Jazz standards fakebooks (and tunes/lead sheets provided in advance). Host requests a $5 donation, the full proceeds of which goes to support Church community outreach projects. (Updated Jan 2017 by PK)

Host has re-confirmed this session as of Oct 2019. See Facebook session link for updates.

R Place, Livermore

When: variety jam Fridays 8pm
When: metal jam Sundays 7pm

Where: R Place,  2562 Old 1st Street, Livermore  (925) 294-9693   Facebook

Host: Channing Heath

Newly remodeled. The jam has shifted date and doesn't seem permanent at the moment. This venue has a reputation for rock, rock and more rock. Send a review!

CL ad promoting session. (updated Jan 2015 by SJ)

The Beer Baron, Livermore

When: Thursday evenings  7pm-midnight

Where: The Beer Baron, 2223 1st Street, Livermore   925-579-4865

Host: ??

Newer place, newer jam, web site says "open mic" but we're told its electric with a full backline. Send a review! (and also a review of the Yellow Snow craft beer !)

This jam needs re-confirmation. (Jan 2015)

Eli's Mile High, Oakland

When: Monday evenings 8-11pm

Where: Eli's Mile High, 3629 M.L.K. Jr Way, Oakland  510.655.6661

Host: ??

Nothing confirmed but apparently a high-level pro jam still happens here. Strongly recommend calling ahead first. (Updated July 2017 by SJ)

Capri Lounge, Oakland

When: Sunday 8-11pm, signups 7pm

Where: Capri Lounge, 474 Roland Way, Oakland   510.635.6102

Venue appears closed, stating pending relocation, nothing else known yet. (Updated Jan 2014 by SJ)

Continental Club, Oakland

Where: Continental Club, 1658 12th St, Oakland  510-444-9000

Continental Club was up for sale and now off market. No one knows when the music will return.

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