If you go to jam sessions looking to play the same tunes every week, you've got lots of options around town, but the best jam sessions are those where musicians actually learn something. For amateur local musicians wondering whether they've got the chops to make it, then, the World Stage Jam Session is great, because if you aren't up to snuff, well, someone will tell you. Bluntly. The World Stage, a Leimert Park landmark founded in 1989, has long been home base for great local talent. If you get through 10 choruses of "Cherokee" and people are still smiling, you'll know you're on the right track. 4344 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park. (323) 293-2451, theworldstage.org.
—Sean J. O'Connell