Maiden Voyage on Super Bowl Sunday

Our next jam is this coming Sunday, Feb 3, 1013. On this day many people will drop everything to watch football. Not everyone. For some of us there are more important things.... like jazz. We hope you are one of us.

We have another great line-up for Sunday. Join Dave Cooper, Michael BB, John Christensen, John Lombardo and all of us jammers and jazz fans at the Fountain from 4 - 7:30. We'll have our own party. We expect a good turnout (a few years ago we had a great turnout during a Packer playoff game), but we wouldn't be surprised if attendance was off a bit. That's okay. It just means more playing opportunities for those of us that show up.

The tune of the week is Maiden Voyage. This is a beautiful tune consisting of all sus4 chords. What should you play? Well, start by listening to the original recording and then go over to Dave Cooper's site to read more. He just put up an article that should help.

See you Sunday!


Richie Cole - February 10th come hear this amazing concert and get to create music and learn with a legend IMW 6-7pm


RICHIE COLE Master of Bebop, on the Alto Saxophone With the Dave Stoler Trio Sunday, February 10, 2013 The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI Concert (2 sets): 3:30-5:30 PM Improvisational Music Workshop: 6:00-7:00 PM General public: $12.00 advance, $15.00 at the door Students with ID, Members of Madison Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society: $8.00 advance, $10.00 at the door on day-of-show

Workshop Admission: is free

“Richie Cole is the last of a breed—A fast and competitive musical gunslinger acquiring legendary status for his willingness to demonstrate his command of Charlie Parker's bebop language by taking on all comers at any speed… ”—All About Jazz ABOUT THE PROGRAM Arguably the greatest living keeper of the bebop flame, alto saxophonist Richie Cole returns to Madison in this season kickoff program for Madison Music Collective’s “Jazz on a Sunday” series hosted by Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines of Mad Toast Live. Richie will be joined by a rhythm section led by our celebrated local pianist Dave Stoler. Following the concert, bassist Laurie Lang will lead a free interactive workshop that includes a brief interview and audience talk-back with Richie and a segment in which musicians from the audience (professional and amateur) join him onstage to make music together. ABOUT THE MUSICIANS RICHIE COLE started playing alto saxophone when he was 10 years old in his home town of Trenton, New Jersey. Influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Cole’s obvious talent and dedication won him a full scholarship from Downbeat Magazine to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. His professional career began in 1969 when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. And after stints with the Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Doc Severinsen Big Band, Cole formed his own quintet and toured worldwide, doing a great deal to popularize bebop and his own “Alto Madness” style in the 70’s and early 80’s. Cole has performed and recorded with the great vocalese artist Eddie Jefferson, the Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Enriquez, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Tom Waits, Boots Randolph, and Nancy Wilson, to name just a few of his musical collaborations. Notably, Cole has performed at the Village Vanguard and Carnegie Hall as well as gave a command performance for the Queen of England. Cole has recorded over 50 albums and CDs, including his top hit album “Hollywood Madness” (1979 Muse Records) and his tribute album to Leonard Bernstein, “Richie Cole Plays West Side Story” (1997 Music Masters Jazz). A prolific composer, Cole also finds time to arrange for full big bands, symphony orchestras and frequent performances at jazz festivals worldwide. Moreover, he enjoys sharing his love of music with younger generations and is active recording, touring and presenting university master classes. Cole was appointed to the Board of the National Jazz Service Organization and the Board for the National Endowment for the Arts where he served as chairman for one year. He is also a charter member of the International Association of Jazz Educators. In 2005 he was awarded the State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz on behalf of the Temecula Jazz Society. Richie Cole will be backed by a trio of local artists including: Dave Stoler is a native of Madison, WI. One of the busiest keyboardists in the area, Dave works with his own jazz trio and the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet. In addition, he performs a solo gig regularly at Samba Brazilian Grill, located in downtown Madison. He has also performed with his trio and quartet at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. He was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, The American Jazz Piano Competition, and a finalist in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He received a Master of Music Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami-Coral Gables. Mr. Stoler held the piano chair for many years with Madison’s New Breed Quintet, and has performed frequently at the Isthmus Jazz Festival and at Jazz at Five, most recently with vocalists Cheryl Bentyne and Mark Winkler. Bassist Jeff Hamann, a native of Milwaukee, has a long list of professional collaborations that include Steve Allen, Marlena Shaw, Frank Morgan, Erik Alexander and Dave Hazeltine. He also appears weekly on the national radio show "Michael Feldman's Whad' Ya Know?" (For more information on the show please visit In addition to playing and recording, Jeff teaches at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music ( and is a clinician at many universities and schools throughout the Midwest. Recent tours include The Jazz Yatra in Bombay India, International Floating Jazz Festival on the S.S. Norway, Elmhurst Jazz Festival and Indianapolis Jazz Festival. He can be seen in Milwaukee every Friday and Sunday leading his trio at the Northshore Bistro. Percussionist Dave Bayles has been a Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty member since 1997. He holds a B.F.A. in Music Education from the UW-Milwaukee. A member of the Conservatory’s We Six, Mr. Bayles has worked with such jazz artists as Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, David Hazeltine, Brian Lynch, Jack McDuff, Bob Mintzer, Frank Morgan, James Moody, Melvin Rhyne, and Ernie Watts. Dave performs at jazz clubs and music festivals throughout the Midwest. Recording credits include the Luis Diaz Quintet (On the Edge), the Curt Hanrahan Quintet (Hang Time), the Juli Wood Quintet (Movin’ and Groovin’) and the 2005 We Six CD Bird Say. Dave’s orchestral credits include timpani with the Rome Festival Orchestra and percussion with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. As a clinician for Yamaha Music Corporation and Zildjian Cymbals, he travels and teaches widely throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dave also teaches percussion at UW-Parkside in Kenosha, WI. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Madison Music Collective’s 2013 Winter-Spring Series is made possible by grants from Dane Arts (with additional funds from the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation), and the Wisconsin Union Theater, our Presenting Sponsor Janus Galleries, membership dues and charitable gifts from members and supporters of the Madison Music Collective, in-kind support from The Brink Lounge, and the UPS Store-Fitchburg; promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-89.9 FM, and the Capital City Hues. __________________________________________________________________________________________ MADISON MUSIC COLLECTIVE IS NOW ON FACEBOOK! WE INVITE YOU TO "LIKE" US AND TO SPREAD THE WORD WITH YOUR FACEBOOK CONTACTS!

Sweet Georgia Brown with Dan Wallach

The designated tune for the January 20th jam is Sweet Georgia Brown, a jazz standard with music composed by Maceo Pinkard and lyrics written by Kenneth Casey.  The 1925 recording by Ben Bernie’s Hotel Roosevelt Orchestra greatly increased the tune’s popularity as well as its commercial success.  Ben Bernie was later given co-composer status as a result.  The chord changes of this tune have been used with new melodies by several composers, including Miles Davis' Dig, Thelonious Monk's Bright Mississippi, and Clifford Brown's Sweet Clifford.  Musicians have long enjoyed improvising over these chords due to the long duration of one harmonic area, as well as the preponderance of dominant seventh chords.

The tune is in 32-bar form.  The sections can be broken down into A-B-A-C.  The first four bars of the A section start on F7, which is the VI7  chord of the tonic key Ab.  The second and third four-bar sections move in fourths, thus retaining the dominant seventh quality.  The last four bars of the B section resolve to the tonic Ab.  The last bar of the B section is a minor two-five (a deceptive cadence setting up F minor), but then goes back to F7 at the start of the A section.  The form repeats until the C section, where F minor is clearly established by a minor two-five-one.  The fourth bar of the C section is a two-five-one to Ab, but then turns into a deceptive cadence going to Ab7.  The harmony ends with a circle progression, seven (tritone substitution for three)-six-two-five-one, resolving to Ab.

Remember to start with listening to a good recording.  One of my favorites is Red Nichols’ Five Pennies recording from 1930.  You can find the recording, which features Benny Goodman, on this page: - listen to Sweet Georgia Brown (b).

Make sure you can play the head at several tempos comfortably.  Start with embellishing the tune.  Next, as you explore improvising, slowly add other ideas based on the harmony.

Happy exploring!


Tune up with Dave Cooper

Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone that helped with the jam last year: educators, house-band musicians, MJJ board, the John and Carolyn Peterson Family Foundation, Madison Music Collective (our fiscal agent), volunteers at our plant sale,  and everyone that attended or supported the jam. Thank you for helping us to grow and achieve our current success. We're looking forward to many more great jams this year.

Our next jam is this Sun, Jan 6th, 2013 and we expect a large turnout as usual. Recent jams are averaging around 70 people total with 20 - 25 jammers. That's a lot of musicians to fit in so we are extending the jam by a half hour; the jam now runs from 4-7:30.

The designated tune for this week is "Tune-Up," and Dave Cooper is our educator. Dave posted a nice article about "Tune-Up" and playing 2-5-1's on his site.

If you haven't practiced 2-5-1's before a good way to start is by listening and transcribing favorite lines from solos of "Tune-Up" or other tunes, or from heads of other tunes (the bridge of Night in Tunisia, for example). Bert Ligon's approach using 3 common templates is also a useful starting point (see his site and books). It usually works best to learn one line at a time and take it through all 12 keys. The goal is to be able to hear the line in your head so well you can play it without thinking about the notes or intervals.

See you Sunday!