The Lawrence University Jazz Faculty Quartet opens the Madison Music Collective (MMC) Fall 2011 season with an afternoon concert (3:30-5:30 PM) and evening workshop (6:00-7:00 PM) on Sunday, September 11th at the Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, in Madison. The Quartet features saxophonist José Encarnación, pianist Bill Carrothers, bassist Mark Urness, and percussionist Dane Richeson.

This will be the first of three MMC concert-and-workshop programs at the Brink this Fall. The others will include Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano and his quintet on November 13th and guitarist Jack Grassel’s Super Guitar Trio on December 11th.

Each workshop will be led by bassist Laurie Lang, director of last year’s Improvisational Music Workshop series at the Washington Hotel Coffee Room, along with members of the bands featured at that afternoon’s concert. During the workshop, band members will talk a bit about the music they made at the concert, their approach to creating it, and how they work together as a group. The audience will be invited to ask questions and participate in discussion with the band’s members, and musicians in the audience – both amateur and professional – will be invited to the stage to make music with the band. For more information about the workshops, contact Laurie Lang, 833-2200 (ph),

These post-concert workshops at the Brink will be free and open to people of all ages who’d like to get more deeply into jazz music. Come for just the workshop at 6:00 PM, or come early for the concert and stay through the workshop. Concert admission is $10 for the general public, with a $2 discount for students with an ID and for members of MMC and the Madison Jazz Society. Food and beverage service will also be available from the Brink Lounge menu.

Lastly, MMC’s Fall 2011 season also includes a Friday, November 4th evening concert (8:00 PM) by internationally-renowned jazz pianist Geoff Keezer at the Overture Center’s Promenade Hall. For information about any of the four concerts, contact Sue Peterson, 332-5516 (ph),

These MMC programs are made possible by grants from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (with support from the Overture Foundation and the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of the Capital Times), and additional support from Liliana’s Restaurant, Farley’s House of Pianos, the Cardinal Bar, the Tornado Club Steakhouse, and Oak Bank, with promotional support from Isthmus and WORT-FM.