School of Rock

A friend of mine, Rob Hampton, is a guitar teacher here in Seattle. He gives lessons to both kids and adults, and twice a year he has something called the “Coffee Shop Jam.” It’s sort of like a recital, but much cooler and more laid back. The spring 2007 Jam took place at Caffe Bella, a great little coffee shop under the monorail right near 5th and Denny. Each student got up and played a song for the crowd:

Some students had prepared songs to play with each other, and one family of six got together and all played:

This kid sounded like he had some heavy AC/DC influences; he played a song he’d written about his guinea pig:

It was great to see the variety of ages and musical interests on display, and the atmosphere of the whole day was really special. Creative, supportive, and fun. You can see the whole set of photos I took on Rob’s website here.


  1. Posted June 5, 2007 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    That last kid looks like a young Gene Simmons.

  2. Posted June 22, 2007 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Here’s young Gene Simmons in action:

    Thanks for the kind words, Eliza!

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  1. […] was my second time photographing the Jam (click here to see my photos from last time) and despite the name, this time it was not held in a coffee shop. […]

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