We’re having a jam session next week! The tunes are classics, and the house band are well known among Madison’s jazz cognoscenti. The first featured tune is Charlie Parker’s blues, “Billie’s Bounce.” In addition to the original by Bird (featuring Miles on trumpet and Diz on piano), you can find great versions of this number all over the place. I’m partial to a blistering performance by the duo of Johnny Griffin and Eddie Davis on Live at Minton’s. During the first set we’ll also play “Joy Spring,” by Clifford Brown. An early version appears on Clifford Brown and Max Roach.


As usual, our house band can play these numbers and anything you’d like to bring to the jam. They’re Dan Wallach (as), Doug White (pno), Ben Ferris (bs), and Devin Drobka (dr). Come on out to the Rigby on November 5 to listen to these guys warm up, then take the stage for our featured tunes and more. See you there!