Definition of jam band in English:

jam band


  • A rock band that plays music characterized by long improvisational passages.

    ‘one of my favorite jam bands to see live’
    • ‘It comes as no surprise that they are both classically trained musicians who have dabbled in the likes of opera, off-Broadway musicals, and jam bands.’
    • ‘Although commonly labelled a jam band, the group prides itself on its musicianship.’
    • ‘The Bay Area is renowned for giving birth to jam bands, crust punks, and even thrash metallers, but few truly recognize the region's contributions to rap.’
    • ‘The Vermont-based jam band played a trio of shows at historic Boardwalk Hall last week.’
    • ‘I have a strong aversion to most jam band music and its accompanying culture.’
    • ‘Their massive jam band sound pulls from some of the all-time greats.’
    • ‘Fans of jam bands love tracking set lists from show to show for a band because they change every night.’
    • ‘Bonnaroo conjured images of hippies gathered in mass quantities, dancing and listening to their favorite jam bands.’
    • ‘The jam band had a following of tens of thousands of people called Deadheads, who formed their own community and followed the group around the country.’
    • ‘Colorado's market for jam bands has been robust for decades.’


1930s from jam (sense 3 of the noun).