December 3rd jam

Our next jam is this Sunday, December 3rd. Featured tunes are Song For My Father by Horace Silver, and Someday My Prince Will Come, from the Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Please see my previous article for Song for my Father. In that article I also talk about a newspaper article about the jam written by Cara Lombardo, John's daughter. I'm happy to report she completed her masters in journalism and is now back in NY writing for the Wall Street Journal. How about that?

Someday my Prince Will Come is a fun tune, partly because it is in 3/4 and partly because the chords are nice to play over. My favorite version is by Lonnie Liston Smith. He opens his solo with fascinating rhythms and then builds and builds his solo!

Dec. 6 - Wednesday: Miles Davis Tunes and All Blues from Real Book 1

Hey Musicians

These are tunes you can prepare to play in the jam on December 6. They are Miles Davis tunes from Real Book 1 -- prepare one tune or several. Learn the melody, the chord changes, scales and come ready to improvise over the tune you pick.

All Blues :  (G Blues: 6/8)

Blue in Green:  


Eighty One:


Freddie theFreeloader (Bb Blues)

Half Nelson


7steps to Heaven 


So What (modal)

Straight, No Chaser (F blues)  

and ANY other blues you want to bring-- We'll play C-jam blues every session.

Nov 15, Wed, 6:30 -9pm Our Middleton Jazz Jam- Latin, Blues and Funky Tunes

Vince Jesse - Guitar

Rick Flowers - drums

Laurie Lang (Croasdale) - bass

Dan Wallach - sax

and tons of fun Middleton High School musicians!

Come on out to play and/or listen. Latin, Blues and Funky tunes!

November 19, 2017 Jam

Come out to the jam on the 19th to play a couple of featured tunes and whatever else you call. One featured number is Ellington's "Caravan." The second tune is Wes Montgomery's "West Coast Blues," a bit more challenging harmonically - and it's in three. The band will be great as usual: Paul Dietrich (tpt), Paul Muench (pno), John Mesoloras (bs), and Keith Lienert (dr). FYI we've posted house bands and featured tunes on the "Schedule" page. The astute jazz fan will discern a pattern in our song choices: hard bop classics, Ellington numbers, and waltzes. Feel free to suggest a tune any time, and we'll try to work it into a future lineup.


See you at the Rigby on November 19th!

Our Middleton Jazz Jam @ The Stamm house Wednesday, Nov. 15 6:30 -9pm

1847 at the Stamm House

Wednesday nights 6:30 – 9pm     Professional musicians with MHS Students and friends


6:30 to 7:30 pm

Enjoy a showcase “mini-concert” by: The House Band or an MHS Combo or selected group/soloist


7:30 to 9 pm

Come and sit in…. we’ll always jam on the blues and other tunes– bring your instrument or voice and your favorite songs to jam on. Bring lots of friends, too!


Get these dates on your calendar:

Nov. 15 – Funky and Latin jazz Favorites

Dec. 6 – Miles Davis songs

Dec. 20 – Swinging Holiday songs

Jan. 3 – New Year New Compositions (originals and songs of living composers)

Jan. 17 – Songs You Love (bring your favorite songs to perform and improvise on)