Our next gathering will include featured tunes by two jazz giants. “Bessie’s Blues” is a Coltrane number, a straightforward blues with a nifty melody. We’ll also play “A Night in Tunisia,” Dizzy’s bop classic. This one mixes Latin and swing feels, gets us playing minor ii-V’s, and requires you to remember a sixteen bar interlude in the head. These should be fun! Both tunes are in Real Book I. The house band will include Paul Dietrich (tpt), John Mesoloras (bs), and John Lombardo (dr). We look forward to seeing and hearing you at North Street Cabaret on 8/19!
Welcome to Madison Jazz Jam! Our performances are free and open to the public, donations accepted. Join us if you an aspiring jazz musician, or a fan interested in learning and listening to jazz. The Schedule page lists dates, featured tunes, and house band members. The jam is always the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.
If you are new to our jam please see How it Works and Guidelines. Briefly, the 1st set is aimed at players that are early in their development and/or interested in learning from the house band. More experienced players may prefer the typical jam session format of the second set (beginning around 5:30).
You may use our drums, keyboard, and upright bass. With our PA we can accommodate a vocalist, flute, or violin. We do not have a guitar amp, guitarists should bring their own. It's best to bring any portable gear you need.
Your progress will be much faster if you memorize the music, but music and stands are allowed. There may only be one stand so consider bringing your own. More questions? Please see the links above or scope out the jam in person. Come talk to us, we're friendly.