The classical equivalent of a jam session is a play through, I guess. I was asked to cover for a session playing the Trout last Thursday evening in someone's house with just family and dog as audience. The request just came on Thursday morning so I had a sight read at home with a recording and revisited a few of the harder passages that weren't such easy reads (not least a lovely jazz-like diminished run). Then the run through that evening. The musos were very capable. We got pulled up a few times, repeated a few other times (I was responsible for some of each) but mostly it worked well (perhaps only in my "good enough for jazz" hat). I was happy because I should know the Trout. It's one of a popular few chamber pieces with double bass. Two similar others were mentioned: a Beethoven septet and a Schubert octet. I've played each of them, as I had the Trout, but a regular run through wouldn't hurt. And then a chat and a drink. First bowing for the new year and with such a capable crew. What a treat. Thanks for the invitation.
The lineup for the Trout was by George Chan (piano), Georgina Tran (violin), John Gould (viola), Rita Woolhouse (cello) and Eric Pozza (bass).