OMJJ is on hold.

1847 at the Stamm House needs to take a break.

OMJJ - Our Middleton Jazz Jam will be on taking a pause until something materializes. We will post here as soon as we know the plan forward.

Feb 21 - was a lovely evening with Sarah Stine accompanying 2 hours + of solo and ensemble solos by MHS band students. Halie Brown, formally of the Louisiana Symphony, also played some amazing trumpet solos in-between some of the student players.  GREAT NIGHT of music.

March 4, 2018 jam

We continue in a hard bop bag with our next jam on March 4. The first featured tune is "Work Song," a Nat Adderley tune that will provide an opportunity for you to practice your minor blues ideas. Wikipedia says this first appeared on a Nat album, also called Work Song, that featured Wes Montgomery and Bobby Timmons (of "Moanin'" fame). I'm kind of embarrassed that I don't have that record. The second number is "This I Dig of You," from Hank Mobley's Soul Station LP. The house band is up to our usual stellar standards: Ken Hoffman (ts), Doug Brown (gtr), John Schaffer (bs), and Joey Banks (dr).

We hope to see you at the Rigby on the 4th. And if you come, do us a favor and bring a rhythm section player or two with you. The drummer's arms fell off at the last jam because the poor guy had to play every number.

February 21, Wednesday will be a showcase 6:30 - 9pm at the Stamm House

Come out to hear Middleton High school kids perform their songs they are preparing for solo and ensemble. It will be great to hear a variety of jazz, broadway and classical tunes performed on various instruments and singing. Mrs. Stine will be there on piano to accompany students.

Middleton High School BOPA

1847 at the Stamm House


February 18 jam

When next we meet we'll be joined by Dave Cooper (tpt), Paul Muench (pno), Ben Ferris (bs), and Matt Endres (dr). They'll back us on featured tunes by Duke and Newk. First up will be Ellington's "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me." This one is the "easier" tune of the week, with a melody that's familiar to everyone and a straightforward chord progression. "Valse Hot" is our "intermediate" tune of the week. It's not particularly difficult either, but personally I feel like the melody is a little tricky, and who doesn't need practice playing in three? You can find the Ellington tune in Real Book I and the Rollins number in Real Book II. Meanwhile I'll post some select recordings on our Facebook page. If you don't follow us there, look us up!

We look forward to seeing you and our crackerjack house band on the 18th!