IMG_32755 Sessions: June 26, July 10 & 24, August 14 & 28


2019 OMJ Workshop, Jam and Showcase – Summer Group Jazz Improvisation Lessons

4-6pm, Wednesdays at Common Ground & 6-9 Showcase & Jam

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WORKSHOP 4:00 – 6:00pm 

What to expect in each session: (located upstairs room at Common Ground Middleton)

Bring your voice and/or instrument. If you play keys or drums bring a small keyboard or melodica, hand drum or snare and cymbal.

  • Warm-ups: a variety of long tones, scales, arpeggios, call & response, maybe listen to a featured recording, discussion and ear training with instruments and/or voice
  • Learning the melody and harmony of selected tune
  •  “hands on” playing/learning to improvise in the jazz experience 
  • learning from “well-seasoned” professional jazz musicians and educators

5:45 – 6PM  Transition to main level – place dinner orders

6-7 PM Showcase performance of featured song ~(10-15 song with all participants soloing) and then showcase students that want to perform solos, duos, and trio pieces, while everyone enjoys CG  Dinner together with jazz friends (hang out with your friends and eat a dinner provided by Common Ground, included in the session fee)

6-9PM SHOWCASE & JAM– FREE & 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 session, bring the whole family or come alone—we need an audience to buy food and drink to make this a successful event) 

~ 6-6:15 short set with the workshop participants

~ 6:15- 7 Showcase students – solos, duos, trios

~ 7-9PM Open jam (with sign up sheet)

Summer Group Jazz Improvisation Lessons

Located at the upper room at Common Ground Middleton

$25 fee for the Group Jazz Lesson & Dinner with Jazz friends.

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)

Pay in advance (before June 26) and get a discount:

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2019 Theme: Learning to Improvise While Learning a song

June 26: 

Educator: Dan Wallach  (saxophone/ Edgewood Professor)

Theme of the Day: Diggin’ into the Blues

 July 10 – 

Educator:  Chance Stine (saxophone /music educator)

Song of the Day: All the Things You Are

July 24 – 

Educator:  Johannes Wallmann (piano/ UW Professor)

Song of the Day: The Preacher

August 14 – 

Educator:  Lynnette Margulies (vocal/vocal & instrumental improvisation)

Theme of the Day: Locking in with your improvisation

August 28 – 

Educator: Rick Flowers  (drummer/multi-instrumentalist)

Theme of the Day: Getting it to groove