August 28, 2019 jam

We return again this Wednesday, August 28 at our new home at Common Ground in Middleton. If you haven't experienced MJJ at Common Ground, come out to see what it's all about. Our house band will be led by local percussionist Rick Flowers on drums. The day begins with an improv workshop led by Rick from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. He'll teach attendees how to play the standard, "My Foolish Heart," in various styles and time feels. The workshop costs $25 for two full hours of jazz instruction from a master musician - it's a great deal by any stretch of the imagination! Then the jam proper begins at 6:30pm and runs until 9:00pm. (As always, the jam is free.)

We look forward to seeing you at Common Ground this Wednesday!

I'll have a new schedule of house bands up soon.


Session 5/5 - Last Summer OMJ/MJJ workshop

Summer OMJ Session #5: Wednesday, August 28:  Workshop 4-6pm & Jam 6:30-9pm 

WORKSHOP 4:00 - 6:00pm - Educator: Rick Flowers  (drummer/multi-instrumentalist)


Theme of the Day: It's All about GROOVE!

WORKSHOP 4:00 - 6:00pm ($25 fee: includes group lesson & dinner, located in the upstairs room at Common Ground Middleton) Pay online here: Workshop fee or in check or cash the day of. 

What to expect in this session: Rick will teach about "groove", how to make a melody or rhythm groove, how to "lock - in" with other musicians, how "dancing" helps to feel the direction and energy of the music. This is gonna be a fun one!

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


6:20 PM Showcase -  a performance of what was learned in the workshop will happen sometime during this hour if you want to invite people to hear you perform and hang out.

6:30-9PM JAZZ 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) There is a sign up sheet near the front for all who would be interested in performing. 

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OMJ is merging with:  Madison Jazz Jam (new site is under construction)  

More about the Workshop

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

Pay online here: Workshop fee 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)