Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble October 12 Workshop at the Brink 6-7pm facilitated by local Latin Jazz musician and bandleader Tony Castaneda

On October 12 Madison Music Collective is hosting the AMAZING... Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble  check them out here:

 IMW & MMC invites all experience level Latin Jazz Musicians to come and participate in a workshop learning about the music of CALJE and getting to perform with CALJE musicians. 

6-7 FREE WORKSHOP -Lead by Tony Castaneda- Come ready to hear about the music and ask questions.

ALSO come with your instruments and voices to perform and interact with CALJE.


Concert info below:


Madison Music Collective , Mad Toast Live, the Improvisational Music Workshop, Vom Fass, Ward-Brodt Music, Liliana’s, Isthmus, WORT-FM, and The Brink Lounge

proudly present... JAZZ ON A SUNDAY featuring: 


The Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) is regarded as the new and innovative force on the Latin Jazz scene. With a global sound, this band represents Afro-Cuban jazz, as well as music from all of Latin America. CALJE delivers captivating performances and high energy. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI
Concert: 3:00-5:00 PM
Improvisational Music Workshop: 6:00-7:00 PM

General public: $15.00 advance, $18.00 at the door
Students with ID, Members of Madison Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society:
$10.00 advance, $15.00 at the door
Workshop Admission: Free


or purchase at the door on day-of-show

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Recordame Sample Solo

Michael BB photo and bioRather than my usual verbal assault on your mind, I have opted to write out four choruses of "improvisation" on this song. Think of it as Reverse Transcription! All devices of any significant duration or structural significance are identified underneath the music.

The first chorus is for pianists, guitarists and flutists, the second for tenor sax, the third for alto sax, and the last one for trumpets. Of course, I've insured that the ranges and other indiomatic considerations allow every chorus to be played by ALL these instruments. I've made Eb, Bb, and Bass clef versions, so everyone can print and read away without having to tranpose or re-clef.

notes on recordame concert

notes on recordame Bb

notes on recordame Eb

notes on recordame bass clef


And per request, here is concert pitch AUDIO as well.

Happy Bopping!

Jam news - Sept 2014

A jam session is a good way to work on new tunes and try out new improv ideas, but it is much more than that. It is one of the best ways to meet other jazz musicians and network. For example, last Wednesday, Doug, Peter, John and I got together and jammed - we all originally met at Madison Jazz Jam. And on Friday I played a gig with Paul Rowley, an excellent young guitarist who came to his first MJJ earlier that week, made a strong impression, and was available to sub for Doug Brown at our usual Delaney's gig. That's a great week right there and all because of the jam!

David Cooper
David Cooper

On a more somber note, trumpeter Dave Cooper, UW-Platteville Director of Jazz Studies and one of our jam educators, has cancer. Dave is having a hard year. His sister-in-law passed away this year from pancreatic cancer and now he is fighting his own battle. Yesterday, Dave mentioned his diagnosis near the end of a memorial blog post for Fred Sturm, the longtime Director of Jazz Studies at Lawrence University who died last month from cancer.

According to the post Dave has had cancer since at least May. By all appearances he is doing remarkably well. He has performed at our jam since them and looked and played wonderfully. He is on our schedule for future dates as well. Let's hope everything continues to go well and keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

Looking ahead to our next jam on September 21st, saxophonist Tony Barba will be our educator. He will be joined by Paul Hastil - piano, Matt Rodgers - bass, and Joey Banks - drums. The featured tune is Joe Henderson's, "Recordame." Michael BB's prep notes are posted below. This week he prepared a sample solo over the changes with notes describing what is going on in the solo. I hope you find it helpful. If you like Michael's prep notes you might also be interested in the improv class he is teaching at Madison Music Foundry this fall. More information about that class is posted below.




Pat Mallinger Quartet Bops IMW

Come out for the IMW this week and hear Pat play with his Wisconsin trio. IMW will interview Pat to hearing about his approach to music making and improvisation and then -- you -- the musicians in the audience will get to hit with Pat and the band. Come ready with ideas and questions and a musical mind and heart open to learn more.
 Pat Mallinger

Concert: 3-5 pm
Improvisational Music Workshop: 6-7 pm

General Public:
$15 in advance;
$18 at the door

Madison Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society members, Students with ID:
$10 in advance;
$15 at the door

Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger

Pat Mallinger (saxophone, flute), Jim Erickson (keyboard), Jeff Hamman (bass), and Todd Howell (drums)

Sunday, September 14

The Brink Lounge

701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI