Next Jam

Stolen Moments

Sometimes you don’t know how strong you are until you’re tested. Sunday was a test: we were up against the Packers for the 1st half of the jam and another jazz event for the 2nd half; our drummer didn’t show up; and the stage was a mess with the piano in the corner behind the drums.

We passed. John Lombardo joined us on drums within a moment’s notice (thanks, John!), we moved the piano, and we had a good turnout. Competing Packer games or other jazz events do not seem to affect our attendance and that was true again on Sunday. There were quite a few new faces including a large turnout from Middleton HS.

The Packers made sure they won’t be competing with us on Feb 1st, but it will still be Super Bowl Sunday. Who cares, right? We’ve had a great turnout every year during the Super Bowl and this year should be no different. As always we have a stellar band: Dave Cooper – trumpet, Doug Brown – guitar, Matt Rodgers – bass, and Keith Lienert – drums. The featured tune is Stolen Moments.

Michael’s last educational post was last week so for now I’ll add a few comments about Stolen Moments. The most important thing to be aware of is the form. There is a standard intro and ending that is always played, and most importantly, solos are not played over the form of the song, but over a standard minor blues form. What is a standard minor blues form? Take a look at Equinox, it’s a minor blues in the same key. That’s the progression to practice. Here’s the famous version from Oliver Nelson’s, Blues and the Abstract Truth.

Learning Jazz

Workshop: Conversation = Improvisation

Grimm Workshop
Dec 12/07  @ Madison Music Foundry
music improvisation workshop with BC Grimm
Sundays 12-2pm

“Breaking down the barriers & shifting the approach from the narrow field of ‘note/genre based’ improvisation, to the wide universe of ‘sound/conversation based’ exploration!”

>> Update!  We have lowered the price of this workshop to just $24 for each 2-hr class.  Sign up for a one-time class on December 7th!

Hello!  BC Grimm here, cello instructor at Monroe Street Arts Center & Prairie Music Academy.  I’m reaching out to some of you in the Jazz community to see if you can spread the word about this workshop.  I perform frequently with ‘5 Points Jazz Collective’ (straight-ahead), ‘Brennan Connors & Stray Passage’ (free-jazz) & ‘Lovely Socialite’ (psychedelic math jazz).  This workshop is not a ‘free-jazz’ workshop, however, all of the principles of my method in ‘free-improv’ directly apply to free-jazz & a broader jazz approach.  It’s all about having a conversation through music – how you interact with the other players in that moment.

If you know anyone who is interested in exploring the world of music-improvisation, please pass this information on to them!  All ages – any experience – any instrument.  Click on the picture or link above for an in-depth look at the workshop, who it is for & where to sign-up!