Since our founding in 2010 the Madison Jazz Jam has always hosted a session on Super Bowl Sunday, and this year is no different. It’s only fitting that on Super Sunday 2018 the “home team” consists of local jazz greats Ken Hoffman (ts), Johannes Wallmann (pno), John Mesoloras (bs), and Rodrigo Villanueva (dr). This promises to be potent lineup capable of passing motifs from man to man with ease as they deliver artistic hit after hit.
It will be a treat to hear jammers join the house band to tackle “Blue Seven,” a blues from Sonny Rollins’s Saxophone Colossus. This is one of those Rollins performances in which his use of space conveys his mastery and confidence while providing beginning improvisers a wealth of short ideas from which to build their own phrases. Right before halftime visiting jammers and the home team band will hit the field to play “If I Should Lose You.” You may know this one from the Hank Mobley album, Soul Station. When Mobley recorded this one, he marched right down the field in a straightforward, swinging fashion, but you could call out your special teams to make it funky or Latin or Brazilian to deliver the win!
I promise there will be no football jokes at the next jam at the Rigby on February 4. There will, however, be great jazz. Come out to support the home team!