October 7 jam!

After a brief website blackout, we're back! We'll return to the cozy confines of North Street Cabaret for our next session on October 7. The featured tunes are two bop classics. First up is Dizzy's "Groovin' High," a meat-and-potatoes bop number. "Blues for Alice" is the second tune. Composed by Charlie Parker, it's a twelve-bar blues in which the harmony moves from I7 to IV7 in ii-V's that descend whole steps, then from the IV7 to the final cadence in ii-V's that descend in half steps. If my harmonic analysis falls flat(!), see the chart in Real Book 1. "Groovin' High" also appears in RB1 and in an Aebersold volume of the same name. The house band will include some of our usual suspects: Paul Dietrich (tpt), Dave Stoler (pno), John Mesoloras (bs), and John Lombardo (dr).

As always, we look forward to seeing and hearing you at the jam. And when you take a break from practicing, maybe click on the Paypal button to your right to donate to our September fundraiser. Thanks!

Sep. 26 - OMJ Jam and Showcase 6:30-9pm

House band this week is "An Adderley Delight" Becca May Grant - piano, Paul Dietrich - trumpet, Chris Sandoval - drums, Dan Wallach - sax, Laurie Lang - bass

Come ready to listen, eat, hang, join in the music making with blues or your favorite jazz standard.

At the Common Ground Middleton (corner of Branch and Century Aves)

Sep 12 - OMJ Jam - 6:30-9pm at Common Ground

Come ready to sit in -- singers, horns, strings, or winds. No lead player this week Jim (piano) Rick (drums) Laurie (bass)-- so we need you to bring your favorite song and join us for some fun music making.


September 16, 2018 jam

Hi all,

Please forgive me for not updating the website last week - stuff happens, as they say. And I'll keep this brief here.

We meet again on September 16 for what promises to be another great session. You can practice your rhythm changes playing on Dizzy's "Anthropology," work on bossas with "Corvocado," or call any other tunes you wish. You'll be backed ably by Paul Dietrich (tpt), Paul Muench (pno), Lucas Koehler (bs), and Matt Endres (dr).

Take note of all the great jazz taking place at North Street Cabaret in the coming months. Check their website, get on their mailing list, and/or follow them on Facebook. This fall is shaping up to be a great season of jazz at our home base.

See you next week!


Sep.12 - OMJ Jam -6:30-9pm - Erickson, Flowers, Lang & Wallach @ Common Ground Middleton

Come on out and join us. Last session the joint was jumping with musicians and people from the neighborhood. We'll play plenty of blues in what ever key makes you happy and other standards people have prepared. Good food, good drink, good company.

September 5th - Wednesday - Jazz at Five -the fruits OMJ Jam & Workshop this summer on the square

5 sax kids

WSJ Article


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