October 9, Wednesday, 5-6PM David Cooper "How to open up your improvisation and energize your practice regimen"

Dave Cooper, after attending a 2-week improvisation intensive in New York City (SIM), would like to explore rethinking and assessing how we actually practice jazz improvisation. This will give you other ways to think of improvisation and re-ignite your practice routine.

5-6PM Workshop
6-9PM Madison Jazz Jam
all at Common Ground Middleton

david cooper

David Cooper

Trumpet & Jazz Studies UW-Platteville

Madison Symphony Orchestra
Isthmus Brass


9/25/19 jam

Just a quick note: The house band for the 9/25 jam will consist of local greats Ken Hoffman (ts), Dave Stoler (pno), John Schaffer (bs), and Rodrigo Villanueva (dr). Things will swing. See you soon!

9/11/19 jam

We have a jam coming up in just a couple of days in our cozy new digs at Common Ground! The house band is: Charlie Painter (gtr); Chris Rottmayer (pno); Laurie Lang (bs); Lily Finnegan (dr). We start at 6 and play through 9pm. See you at Common Ground, 2644 Branch Street, Middleton.

Fall MJJ Workshops 2nd Wednesdays 5-6pm at Common Ground


Take a group lesson in jazz improvisation. OMJ has merged with Madison Jazz Jam with a new look and new energy!

The regular Jazz Jam will continue the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month from 6-9PM at Common Ground Middleton

Workshops will teach a jazz concept through a chosen song from 5-6pm in the upper room at Common Ground on September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12. Instructors will be Laurie Lang, Dave Cooper, Paul Dietrich, Tony Barba, Ben Ferris, and others.

September 11 Laurie Lang will teach about using a pedal tone for improvisation using the Thad Jones tune - "A Child Is Born" IMG_9598