This week we begin a new cycle of the Madison Jazz Jam. That means we have a new set of featured tunes and new configurations of all-star house bands. See the Schedule page for house bands and featured tunes through July

When picking featured tunes, I’ve chose three themes for this cycle: songs about spring and summer; Sonny Rollins tunes; and songs associated with Bill Evans. Remember that playing the featured tunes is not in any way required of people who attend MJJ. We pick featured tunes for each session solely to provide ideas for you to practice if you don’t have anything else that you’d like to play. You can call these tunes at the jam, or you can play something else entirely if you choose.

Our house band for the March 17 session is: Mike Hackett (tpt); Doug White (pno); Francis Deck (bs); John Lombardo (dr). We’re happy to welcome Mike Hackett, making his first appearance as a house band member at MJJ. Featured tunes are the venerable ballad, “Stormy Weather” and Sonny Rollins’s classic rhythm changes tune, “Oleo.”

We look forward to seeing and hearing you at North Street Cabaret in Madison on 3/17/19!