Wednesday, June 27 Getz/Gilberto

the workshop from 4:30 - 6:30pm ($25 fee - includes high level instruction and a meal at Common Ground) Richard Hildner, Laurie Lang, Chance Stine and Dan Wallach will be the instructors

This is for anyone wanting to learn more about playing jazz music. This is a safe and fun space to learn more about improvising. You can be a beginner to jazz or someone who wants to learn more about how to craft your solos. This is a fun place to learn,  bring a friend, or your parent or maybe you are a teacher that wants to learn more about teaching improvisation.

The session is really short and practical   (it will be a little different each week for those that want to come multiple times and depending on who is there)

4:30 -5pm is about listening and learning on your instrument or voice, call and response, all about using your ear to learn to plat the music

5-6pm - learning a song and crafting it as a combo

6-6:30 dinner with friends and teachers

JAM / Showcase - no cover charge - free and open to musicians and audience members - food and drink for sale by the Common Ground Middleton

6:30 -6:50 showcase of what we learned in the workshop

7- 7:50 open Jam

8-9pm "Getz - Gilberto Set" with Richard Hildner, Dan Wallach, Chance Stine, Laurie Lang and John Becker

July 1, 2018 CANCELED

Hi everyone. Unfortunately we have to cancel the next session scheduled for July 1, 2018. Our hosts at North Street Cabaret have another booking that day, one that they confirmed long before we moved to North Street from the Rigby. Rather than arrange for a confusing temporary move to new quarters for one session, we've decided to cancel instead. We return to North Street on July 15. A new schedule of house bands and featured tunes will be up sometime in the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep practicing, hearing live music, and contemplating the wealth of jazz talent we enjoy in Madison.



June 17, 2018 jam

We had a blast with Lem Banks's performance as part of the Isthmus Jazz Festival on June 3. Lem performed a bravura set of classic songs backed by MJJ regulars Ken Hoffman, Paul Muench, Matt Rodgers, and Rodrigo Villanueva. Those guys had a telepathic mind-meld going on despite having never performed together - evidence of the rare wealth of talent we enjoy as Madison residents.

We'll celebrate that wealth of talent again this weekend as we return to our regular jam format with a house band composed of Dave Cooper (tpt, fgh), Dave Stoler (pno), John Schaffer (bs), and Joey Banks (dr). These are precisely the kind of skilled, well schooled improvisers and veteran educators that make Madison a great town for jazz fans. Jammers can join them on a couple of featured tunes: "Lester Leaps In" and "Night and Day." First off is "Lester Leaps In," a mid-tempo rhythm changes feature for Lester Young when he was with the Basie band. "Night and Day" is one of the great Cole Porter compositions performed by all manner of vocalists and instrumentalists.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at North Street Cabaret on Sunday! Bring friends!


June 13 (Wednesday) - 1st OMJ Summer workshop & Jam

June 13 - working on the blues
Educators: Chance Stine (sax), Dan Wallach (sax) & Adam Yeazel (bass)
House band: Chance Stine Quartet (BLUES) Xavi Lynn- guitar, Adam Yeazel- bass Liam Patton- drums
WORKSHOP 4:30 - 6:30pm
at the upper room at Common Ground
$25 fee for the WORKSHOP: Price includes instruction & dinner. This will be a safe and fun atmosphere to learn more about jazz and improvising. If $25 fee is more than you can afford, PLEASE ask for sliding scale price and/or full scholarship.  (text: laurie at 608-332-1408)

Basic Schedule for workshop
4:30 – 5 Jazz Listening session (listen to recordings, discussion and ear training with instruments or voice
5 – 6 Workshop: teaching/learning session
6 – 6:30 Dinner with jazz friends (hang out with your friends and eat a dinner provided by Common Ground)
JAM & SHOWCASE 6:30 -9pmFREE & open to all
in Main room at Common Ground (There is no charge for the jam– open to all and no need to register ahead of time, come for 30 minutes or the whole 2.5 hour session, bring the whole family or come alone)
~ 6:30 – 7 set with the workshop-ies as a combo trying out what they learned
~ 7:15- 8 more open jam
~8:15 -9pm Showcase the House band / and/or maybe certain students or guest artists