2012 Klamath River MandoJam - Orleans, California

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March 16, 2012 - 8:00 am

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Sandy Bar Ranch and Nursery, Sponsors of The Klamath River MandoJam

Sandy Bar Ranch and Nursery, Sponsors of The Klamath River MandoJam

Orleans, Calif. — The 2012 Klamath River MandoJam and workshops will be held August 23-26, at the Sandy River Ranch and Nursery.

Each summer Sandy Bar Ranch hosts The Klamath River MandoJam, an opportunity for acoustic musicians of all levels and styles to learn, play, and enjoy acoustic music in a beautiful mountain setting and supportive environment. This affordable venue features a mix of daily workshops, jam sessions, demonstrations, and fun on the river.

Sandy Bar Ranch is located on the Klamath River in the heart of the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California. The Klamath River and surrounding mountains offer world-class swimming, fishing, rafting, hiking, biking and kayaking.

Lodging is shared hostel style in our fully equipped riverside cabins, or you may set up your own private tent or camper. Space is limited so workshop sessions are intimate, with a good student-teacher ratio. A large lunch is served each day and participants are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner. The ranch includes a diverse 1-acre garden where they grow much of the food served at events.

Gypsy-Jazz Swing, the music inspired by the rhythmic style of Django Reinhardt's famous Hot Club, has become a central theme of the MandoJam. Guest instructors and musicians will bring the tunes to life and share insights into the rhythmic and melodic technique of this timeless and exhilarating genre. This is a great opportunity for beginners to find their way into this style by learning new chord forms, progressions and melodies, and for more advanced players to broaden their repertoire and work on their chops. All levels are welcome.

In addition to Gypsy-Jazz, you may hear and play anything from Folk to Bluegrass, Old-Time, Blues, Country and Originals at the MandoJam. Brad Kauder will be leading slow jam circles for beginning and intermediate level players.


Paul Blackwell - Founder of the Gypsy-Jazz group Roma, Paul's background includes Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, and Western Swing. His yearly trek to DjangoFest Northwest in Langley, Washington has cemented a love and devotion to the gypsy swing idiom. Paul plays both mandolin and mandola. Lynda Scheben will be backing up Paul, her husband and band-mate, on the Gypsy instruction by playing and demonstrating the rhythm guitar that is so central to this style of music.

Cyd Smith - Started out as a classic guitarist, but was lured away early on by the soulfulness and sheer fun of playing American roots music: bluegrass, vintage country, jug band, swing, jazz, and rock & roll. Over the years she has lived in many corners of this country, playing guitar and bass with different bands, including contra dance and swing music in Boston with Matt Glaser and Russ Barenberg, swing with The Wholly Cats, Bob Brozman, and many others in the Northwest, and bluegrass with Laurie Lewis in the Bay Area. She is also a fine singer/songwriter who has released an album of her own material that features some of the finest musicians on the West Coast. The Bay Area Guardian says "An extremely gifted songwriter from the Northwest, Cyd Smith sometimes sounds like a missing Roche sister on her fine self-produced CD." Cyd's taught for over 20 years at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and served several years as a board member there as well. She's also taught at the California Coast Music Camp, the Georgia Strait Guitar Workshop and the Augusta Heritage Festival. She was a co-founder and administrator of Seattle's Musical Arts Workshop, taught at Rogue Valley Community College in Grant's Pass, Oregon, and has taught privately over the years as well.


Cost is $225 per person. Space is limited, so registration is required. To register send either the full amount $225 or a $100 deposit to Sandy Bar Ranch at the address below. Price includes lodging (camping or cabin), daily lunch, all workshops, jam sessions, and demonstrations.

Sandy Bar Ranch
PO Box 347
797 Ishi Pishi Rd.
Orleans, CA, 95556

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Klamath River MandoJam


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