The Jazz Picnic Berlin session

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Jazz Picnic Berlin is a weekly jazz jam in Berlin where musicians of different levels can meet and play tunes in a social and relaxed atmosphere. The focus is on making friends, meeting people to play with and having a good time. We play stuff out of the real book, all jazz genres, easy and advanced.

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Location of the jam:
BARKETT
Czeminskistraße 10
Berlin, Germany
When:Every Sunday
Phone: 0160 95466549
Email: jazzpicnicberlin@gmail.com

Jazz jam session events

Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz picnic Berlin 07 Aug 2016 - 1
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz picnic Berlin 07 Aug 2016 - 1 Photo: Filip Mertens
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz picnic Berlin 10 Jul 2016 - 7
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz picnic Berlin 10 Jul 2016 - 7 Photo: Filip Mertens
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz Picnic Berlin 21 June 2016 -5
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz Picnic Berlin 21 June 2016 -5 Photo: Filip Mertens
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Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 83 Photo: Filip Mertens
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1507188278 Jazz picnic Berlin 17 Sep 2017 - 1
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1507188278 Jazz picnic Berlin 17 Sep 2017 - 1 Photo: Filip Mertens
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Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 61 Photo: Filip Mertens
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Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 88 Photo: Filip Mertens
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Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 22 Photo: Filip Mertens
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Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 9 Photo: Filip Mertens
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Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 87 Photo: Filip Mertens
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz Picnic Berlin 26 June 2016 -12
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz Picnic Berlin 26 June 2016 -12 Photo: Filip Mertens
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz Picnic Berlin 21 June 2016 -11
Jazz Picnic Berlin Jam Session 1498669786 Jazz Picnic Berlin 21 June 2016 -11 Photo: Filip Mertens
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Philosophy


The emphasis in the session is on getting to know eachother, make new friends, mingle and maybe form bands. It's more of a social gathering, not a showcase of musical ability

At the Jazz Picnic we don't use professional session players. We all play and take turns. The goal is to get everybody to have a good time playing, even when they are just starting out in jazz. Mistakes are part of learning.

History


The Jazz Picnic Berlin jazz jam session started out in 2015 as a small project in Volkspark Hasenheide in Kreuzberg Berlin. There musicians would meet every week outside, during the summer, to play jazz. We didn't have any technical equipment back then, not even drums and often not a bass. But we managed.

In the fall of 2015 we moved our session to a bar called Melitta Sundström, also in Kreuzberg, on the Mehringdamm. There we had a piano, some amps and a drumkit. It was all pretty lofi but we were still growing. More and more people started showing up.

At the start of the summer of 2016, we moved out again to Volkspark Viktoria in Kreuzberg and continued with our outdoor sessions. It was a bad summer but we had a good time. We used more tech this time, some battery driven amplifiers, mixing panel, a microphone, a snare drum and an electric piano.

After a break, we settled in Barkett, a cozy modern bar in Schöneberg near Kleistpark. There we could use a fully equipped stage and finally start to really grow our session into maturity. We also became part of the Jazzy Berlin Community in Berlin.

Photography


Giving the anonymous players a face has always been part of the core of Jazz Picnic Berlin. Everybody deserves a bit of attention in an age where it is hard to get noticed with the overdose of information that is out there on the net. Founder and session leader Filip Mertens has been taking thousands of photos for years, some good, some bad.

About me...


My name is Filip Mertens, born in Belgium and longtime resident in Amsterdam. I moved to Berlin in 2015 to get together with jazz musicians. That is why I founded this session. These have been the best years of my life.

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