Lester Leaps In

With two jams per month they'll be coming up fast. After our jam this Sunday at Talula we have another one next Sunday at Liliana's. Here's some advice from Dan about the next tune we're learning for our October 16th session at Liliana's. "Lester Leaps is In" is a simple riff tune recorded by Lester Young in 1939.  The tune's harmony uses "AABA" 32- bar song form,  "I've Got Rhythm"  changes as…

June 17, 2018 jam

We had a blast with Lem Banks's performance as part of the Isthmus Jazz Festival on June 3. Lem performed a bravura set of classic songs backed by MJJ regulars Ken Hoffman, Paul Muench, Matt Rodgers, and Rodrigo Villanueva. Those guys had a telepathic mind-meld going on despite having never performed together - evidence of the rare wealth of talent we enjoy as Madison residents. We'll celebrate…

Jam moves to Bourbon St Grille!

View of the Yahara River from the 3rd floor deck at Bourbon St Grille. Big news: the jam has moved. We've been looking for a new home for a while and Bourbon St Grille is excited to have us and we're excited to be there. Our next jam this Sunday will be 4-7 pm (as always) but at our new location: 6308 Metropolitan Lane Monona, Wisconsin 53713 608.222.4410 What's different? There is plenty of…

Developing Your Rhythm Changes Approach to Improvising

By Eric Koppa, Saxophonist and Jazz Educator One of the most used song forms in the jazz idiom is the AABA song form. Rhythm Changes is a 32 measure form that adheres to the AABA formula, also known as the "Standard American Song Form," and may be the most well-known jazz progression, after the popular 12-bar blues chord progression. There have been countless melodies written over this song…

This week’s tunes: Oleo and Just Friends

Another fun session at the East Side Club last week. And Rodrigo, what a drummer! To hear a drummer of his caliber up close and for free is fantastic, but to be on the same stage making music with him is unreal. Take a listen to the recordings which are now posted. We'll be back at the East Side Club again next week. There will be two changes: we'll have Michael BB as our educator for the first…

Perdido and bebop scales

Our next jam is only 1 week away. Sorry about being slow to name the 1st two tunes. For the December jams we'll go back and play Blue Monk, a Bb blues we've played before, and we'll add Perdido. The chord progression of Perdido is a variation of rhythm changes and we worked on that progression when we did Lester Leaps In. The concept we're focusing on, especially for Perdido, is using bebop…