Jefferson Middle School Strings Jazz it Up


Laurie will be working with Ms. Carol Jenkins and her amazing 6-8 graders at Jefferson Middle School November 2017. More to come! 

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March 1-8 Jazz Residency At Sauk Trail


Laurie Lang & John Becker teaching improvisation to the little jazz kids.  Sauk Trail students will have an opportunity to interact with professional jazz musicians on Wednesday, March 8 thanks to two grants. The Madison Jazz Society…

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So many great high school jazz bassists!


Saturday. Feb 17, I had the opportunity to dig into the blues with 15 amazing young bass players from 7 different Wisconsin schools at Regional Essentially Ellington. I wish i would have taken a photo. :)

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Whitehorse Students Play the Blues and much more


Check out this video spot from Channel 3000.com Education Grant helps jazz to fill halls of Madison middle school Posted: Dec 21, 2016 11:26 PM CST Updated: Dec 21, 2016 11:28 PM CST…

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My Favorite Things


John Coltrane (most famous jazz version of this song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kPXw6YaCEY a young jazz musician in 2016 - Joey Alexander https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pzIlq7jZzw For improvisation on this tune let's start by practicing an…

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Blues Thursday @ Whitehorse


D Jam Blues (known as C Jam Blues or Duke’s Place: 12 bar blues) Check out these music videos for inspiration and ideas: Duke Ellington jam- an original “music video” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOlpcJhNyDI Ellington Big Band…

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October 20, Thursday at Whitehorse


Hi Whitehorse String friends, I get to meet you all this week on Thursday as i will be in your orchestra classes. I thought you might like this photo!? It's a gig i played on Labor Day with 2 of the musicians coming to your school with me in…

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Getting Started- C Jam Blues


  Learning scales and arpeggios is a good way to build your vocabulary as an improviser. For C Jam Blues (for the ease of string players we will learn this song in the key of D Major) practice these exercises: D Major scale - D, E, F#, G, A, B,…

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Hello Whitehorse Middle School musicians!


This is a beginning, I'd like to introduce myself, I'm Laurie Lang bassist and composer and a musician coming to do a jazz residency with you and your orchestra. I'd like to invite all Whitehorse String kids to dialog with me as i work on jazz…

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December 15 – Whitehorse Middle School String Jazz


Jon Vriesaker, Chris Wagoner, Mary Gaines, John Becker and Laurie Lang will join with the students of Jessica Wahl at Whitehorse Middle school for a great couple days of fun and improvisation traveling from Duke Ellington Blues to John Coltrane…

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Tuesday, May 31 & August 2, 5:30-9pm


Tuesday, August 2nd At Lilliana's

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Saturday night, June25, 8:15pm


At Fountain of Life Church, Badger Road, 8:15pm Becca May Grant and the Rivers of Madison will perform a home court concert for their church folk and other Madison community folk who want to come j… Source: Saturday night, June25, 8:15pm

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Sauk Trail Elementary Jams


On June 1st the Madison Jazz Society sponsors the John Becker Quintet and The Sauk Trail fearless elementary wolves in learning more about Jazz and how to jam and sing jazz with professional jazz musicians:   Laurie Lang - bass, Sally de Broux -…

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Jazz Residency Reviewed


Glen Stevens Elementary School Jazz Residency With Jazz Musician, Laurie Lang and Music Teacher, Regina Haugen October 2 – 9, 2015 Last week, 500 kids felt the vibrations of the bass violin “up close and personal,” as each student had the “hands…

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November 21, 11am -Saturday: John Becker and Laurie Lang at Middleton Library- Kids Program


On November 21, Saturday at 11am: John Becker and Laurie Lang will perform jazz music, stories and magic at Middleton Library-a Family and Kids Program. John Becker : composer, elementary music teacher extraodinaire, professional multi-instrumental…

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June 19-20th the Madison Music Collective Presents 6 EXCELLENT Jazz Education programs FREE for the Community


Isthmus Jazz Festival Program for the Fredric March Play Circle Theater Presented by the:  Friday:   7-9pm “George Russell's Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction” Advanced Jazz Improvisation Lecture, Performance and Workshop George Russell…

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Russ Johnson Quartet featured this week, Sunday, February 8th: 6-7pm for I.M. Workshop


Russ Johnson Quartet http://madisonmusiccollective.org/Events/RussJohnson.shtml Musicians -- come one come all! 6-7pm at the Brink Lounge

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Bluesette and playing to the chord


This is my last educational article for the jam. My composition schedule is falling pretty far behind due to the jazz writing I have been doing. It's interesting, and has allowed me to clarify my own ideas, but I have music to write, and prepare for…

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