Jazz Consortium Launches New “Go To” Website @ jazzinmadison.org

16 Feb


The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC) is proud to announce the launch of our new website, www.jazzinmadison.org.  A “go to” website for Greater Madison’s jazz community was one of the highest-rated initiatives to emerge from the Consortium’s series of jazz musician “town hall” meetings convened last winter by GMJC staff member Nick Moran.  Now, thanks to the fine work of local bassist and web designer John Christensen, the new site is now up and running.  While we’ll be adding more features as we go along, the site now has a robust daily calendar of upcoming jazz shows by local and touring artists, a “book a band” service for your parties or other special events, feature stories on different aspects of our local jazz scene, and more.

We’re currently featuring a great piece on Afro-Cuban music by esteemed local cultural writer Susan Kepecs, and a review by local trombonist Kevan Feyzi of Madison-based trumpeter Paul Dietrich’s new CD.   Click here to view Susan’s story, and click here to view Kevan’s review.

If you like what the Consortium is doing to help boost our local jazz scene, please click here to make a secure tax-deductible online donation to the Consortium.

With the launch of jazzinmadison.org, the Jazz Consortium says ‘goodbye” to this WordPress site that has served us well during our start-up period.  Onward!


Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and the Goodman Community Center Present the Premiere Concert by the “Live Soundz on Saturday” Student Ensemble: Thursday, November 20th @ 6:00 PM

19 Nov

Photo_Live Soundz Students at Work_Thylas, Stone and Leo Come cheer on the next generation of jazz musicians as this new ensemble of middle- and high-school-age student musicians perform their premiere concert, and outgrowth of the new pilot jazz education program partnership between the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and Goodman Community Center called “Live Soundz on Saturday.”   The concert begins at 6:00 PM, in the Evjue Room of the Goodman Center, 149 Waubesa Street, on Madison’s Near East Side.

Since October 11th, these serious young musicians have been coming to the Goodman Center bright and early on Saturday mornings for 3 hours of work with teaching musicians Hanah Jon Taylor, Rand Moore, Charlie Painter, Zach Watson and Eric Miller, and they’re now ready to show friends, family, and community members what they’ve learned in the program’s first five weeks in a free 30-minute performance as part of the Center’s Family Fun Night event.

The Live Soundz teachers will kick off the concert with the Sonny Rollins standard, “St. Thomas,” followed by the students and their teachers performing in various combinations on Duke Ellington’s “C Jam Blues,” an original piece called “Memories” by Live Soundz student Safi Sinse, Kenny Garrett’s “Sing a Song of Songs,” and wrapping up with Alicia Keys’ “Unbreakable.”

The Fall session of “Live Soundz on Saturday” is made possible by grants to the Jazz Consortium from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Madison Arts Commission (with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board), and the Evjue Foundation (charitable arm of The Capital Times).

Strollin’ Jazz Crawl Series Moves to Downtown Madison’s First Settlement Neighborhood on Friday, September 26

12 Sep

In our final Strollin’ “jazz crawl” of the season, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium once again offers up a wide array of jazz styles, from big band to western swing, from classic organ trio to vocals from the Great American Songbook, and more.  It’s 8 hours of non-stop jazz, from 4:30 PM past Midnight, at 4 venues in the King-East Wilson Street area just east of Madison’s Capitol Square.  And as always with the Consortium’s Strollin’ series, there’s no cover charge at any of the participating venues.

Crowley Station Big Band Stage (outdoors, across East Wilson from The Cardinal)  

4:30-5:15 PM: Middleton High School Jazz Combo, the Camel Collective

5:30-6:30 PM: Madison College Big Band, Directed by Jamie Kember

7:00-8:00 PM: Ladies Must Swing, Madison’s all-female big band


The Cardinal Bar (418 East Wilson Street)

5:00-6:00 PM: Mike Cammilleri Organ Trio

6:30-7:30 PM: Vocalist Jan Wheaton


Ancora (112 King Street)

7:00-8:00 PM: Pianist-Vocalist Alison Margaret’s Jazz Quartet

8:30-9:30 PM: Pianist Johannes Wallmann


Tempest Oyster Bar (120 East Wilson Street)

9:30-10:30 PM: Louka

11pm-12:30 AM: The North Westerns (Western Swing)


Strollin’ First Settlement is made possible by a generous grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, with additional support from each of our participating venues, our host community sponsors — the First Settlement Neighborhood Association, Summit Credit Union, and Colectivo — and our media partners Isthmus and WORT-FM.

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Strollin’ Jazz Crawl Series Moves to Monroe Street on July 19

9 Jul

Madison’s first-ever “jazz crawl” series moves to the Near West Side this month as the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium presents “Strollin’ Monroe Street” on Saturday, July 19th, from 4:00 PM until Midnight.

Produced by Jazz Consortium staff members Nick Moran, Rob Lundberg and Cathy Sullivan, and celebrating our outstanding local jazz musicians, “Strollin’ Monroe Street” features 8 hours of live music by a stylistically diverse array of performing artists at 6 contiguous venues at the easterly end of Monroe Street (Regent Street to Van Buren).  Music fans will be able to stroll from venue to venue without paying a cover charge and, with a staggered schedule of performances, be able to catch as many of the performances, and patronize as many of the participating venues, as they like.

Monroe Commons Outdoor Stage, 1802 Monroe Street (Student Stage), 4:00 – 6:30 PM

  • Madison West High Jazz Combo (Quantum Dots)
  • Madison Music Foundry Student Jazz Ensemble

Madison Public Library’s Monroe Street Branch, 1705 Monroe Street (Spoken Word Stage), 4:00 – 5:30 PM

  • Flowpoetry (Adam Pergament)
  • Heymiss Progress (Sabrina Madison)
  • Rob Dz
  • Lucas Koehler Combo (backing the spoken word poets and performing alone as a combo)

Brocach, 1843 Monroe Street, 5:00 – 7:00 PM

  • Standards and Pours
  • Alto Saxophonist Clay Lyons

Baci (Brazilian Stage), 1719 Monroe Street, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

  • University Pagode Church
  • Grupo Balança

HotelRED, 1501 Monroe Street, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

  • Vocalist Gerri DiMaggio, Pianist Paul Hastil, and Bassist John Mesoloras
  • Trumpeter Paul Dietrich and his Quartet

Brasserie V, 1923 Monroe Street (Gypsy Swing Stage) 10:00 PM – Midnight

  • Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble
  • Harmonious Wail

Watch for news of the next Strollin’ event, as the Consortium takes the series to another local commercial district before summer’s end.

“Strollin’ Monroe Street” is made possible by a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, with additional sponsorship support from the presenting venues, the Monroe Street Merchants Association, HAIR, and Orange Tree Imports, and promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-FM, the Capital City Hues, and the Madison Times. These supporters are enabling us to pay all of our performers a fair fee, addressing a major sore point among our local musicians.


Strollin’ Series of Jazz Mini-Fests Kicks off at Schenk’s Corners on Friday, May 23rd

23 May

On Friday, May 23rd, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium will kick off its new Strollin’ series of neighborhood-based mini-fests in the Schenk’s Corners commercial district. Produced by Consortium staff members Nick Moran and Rob Lundberg, and celebrating our outstanding local jazz musicians, “Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners” features 8 hours of live music (5:00 PM ‘til bar time) by a stylistically diverse array of 10 groups at 5 contiguous venues at the intersection of Atwood Avenue and Winnebago Street on Madison’s on Near East Side. Stroll from venue to venue without paying a cover charge and, with a staggered schedule of performances, you’ll be able to catch as many of the performances, and patronize as many of the participating venues, as you like.

Chocolaterian (2004 Atwood Avenue)
• 5:00 PM: Michelle Duvall (vocals) and Doug Brown (guitar)
• 6:15 PM: Lynette Margulies (vocals) and Jane Reynolds (piano)

Monona State Bank Outdoor Stage (1955 Atwood Avenue) (Weather Permitting)
• 5:30 PM: Madison East High School Jazz Combo: The Accidentals
• 6:45 PM: Madison West High School Jazz Combo: The C Minors

Thorps Salon (1988 Atwood Avenue)
• 7:30 PM: Lesser Lakes Trio (Jamie Breiwick, trumpet; John Christensen, bass; Devin Drobka, drums)
• 8:45 PM: Brennan Conners & Stray Passage (Brennan Conners, saxophone; Brian Grimm, cello/bass; Tim Russell, percussion)

One Barrel Brewing Company (2001 Atwood Avenue)
• 9:00 PM: Susan Hofer (vocals) and Doug Brown (guitar)
• 10:15 PM: Charlie Painter Trio (Charlie Painter, guitar; Bill Solomon, bass; Gabe Johnson, drums)

Alchemy (1980 Atwood Avenue)
• 10:45 PM: Tony Castañeda’s Latin Jazz Quartet (Anders Svanoe, saxophone; Dave Stoler, piano; Henry Boehm, bass; Tony Castañeda, percussion)
• Midnight: El Clan Destino (Vince Fuh, piano; Nick Moran, bass and vocals; Francisco Martinez, drums/timbales and vocals; Yorel Lashley, congas and vocals; Juanxo Martinez, vocals and cajón) with special guests Tony Barba (saxophone) and Paddy Cassidy (djembe)

Watch for news of the next Strollin’ event, as the Consortium takes the series to other neighborhood commercial districts around Greater Madison this summer.

“Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners” is made possible by a sponsorship from Monona State Bank, support from each of our other host venues, and a grant to the Jazz Consortium by the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, with promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-FM, the Capital City Hues and The Madison Times. These supporters are enabling us to pay all of our performers a fair fee, addressing a major sore point among our local musicians.

Mayor Soglin Proclaims “Jazz Appreciation Month” in the City of Madison

19 Mar

City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, a great appreciator of the value of a vibrant live music scene to our community’s quality of life, has joined his peers around the country in proclaiming April as “Jazz Appreciation Month.” Here is the text of his proclamation.

WHEREAS, jazz is an original American art form that affirms the noblest aspirations of our national character, individual discipline, perseverance, and innovation; and

WHEREAS, jazz has produced some of America’s leading creative artists and ranks as one of America’s greatest exports to the world; and

WHEREAS, jazz has inspired dancers, choreographers, poets, novelists, filmmakers, classical composers, and musicians in many other kinds of music; and

WHEREAS, we honor and recognize the outstanding work that all jazz artists, educators, and enthusiasts present; and

WHEREAS, jazz has spoken eloquently of freedom for people in the United States and abroad, and has become an international language that bridges differences and brings people of all races, ages, and backgrounds together; and

WHEREAS the month of April was designated in 2001 as Jazz Appreciation Month by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History to encourage communities around the United States to celebrate and pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic musical art form; and

WHEREAS, members of the United States Conference of Mayors have participated in Jazz Appreciation Month for the past six years; and

WHEREAS a vibrant music scene contributes much to the economic health and high quality of life enjoyed by Madisonians; and

WHEREAS the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium was established in 2012 as a coalition of presenting organizations, educational institutions and programs, and supportive media that aims to strengthen our community’s jazz scene; and

WHEREAS the Jazz Consortium’s partner organizations will be staging a rich variety of public programs around the City during April 2014;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor of the City of Madison does hereby proclaim April 2014 as JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH in the City of Madison and encourage Madisonians of all ages to visit http://www.greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org to learn about the concerts and educational programs being presented in our community during Jazz Appreciation Month.

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with Live Music

9 Mar

Since 2001, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has been designating each April as Jazz Appreciation Month and calling on communities around the country to join the celebration. By far the best way to celebrate and appreciate the music is to hear and see it in person, and the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s partner organizations give our community many ways to do just that.

As it is just about every April, JAM’s big ticket in our community is Madison Jazz Society’s Capital City Jazz Fest at the Quality Inn in Fitchburg. This year’s 26th annual Fest runs from April 25-27, and several sessions are already sold out, so if its “early jazz” you like, get your tickets soon. http://www.madisonjazz.com/event/capital-city-jazz-fest-2014/

If you like your jazz “string style,” check out Madison Music Collective’s concert and workshop program with world-class violinist Christian Howes and his trio at the Brink Lounge on April 13th. The ticketed concert begins at 3:00 PM, and is followed by a free audience talk-back and play-along workshop at 6:00 PM. http://madisonmusiccollective.org/Events/ChristianHowes.shtml

Also, courtesy of the UW School of Music’s Jazz Studies Program, Mr. Howes will give a free public workshop at 1:00 PM at Mills Concert Hall on April 16th. http://www.music.wisc.edu/extensions/eventdetails.jsp?event_id=2869

Speaking of the UW, the School of Music’s fine student jazz ensembles give several public performances, starting with the UW Jazz Orchestra at Monona Terrace at 5:30 PM on April 2nd, the UW Black Music Ensemble in Morphy Recital Hall at 8:30 PM on April 17th, and the Blue Note and Contemporary Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Composers Septet at 7:30 PM in Morphy Hall April 22nd. Two other student groups, the Madison Memorial High School Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble are in concert in the school’s auditorium at 7:30 PM on April 8th. http://www.music.wisc.edu/calendar?eventcategory_id=0&ensemble_id=0&faculty_id=0&month=4&year=2014

As they do every month, students and other emerging musicians of all ages get a chance to build their improvising skills in public, on the bandstand, with Madison Jazz Jam’s professional “house band” at The Fountain on State Street, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, April 6th and April 20th. http://madisonjazzjam.org/schedule/

Beyond the Jazz Consortium partners’ presentations, April brings two other special jazz programs to town. On Saturday, April 5th, at 8:00 PM, the Brink Lounge presents legendary bassist Eddie Gomez in concert with pianist Stefan Karlsson and our own Rodrigo Villanueva on drums. Then on Wednesday, April 16th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, it’s the annual Jazz at Five fundraiser, this year featuring performances by the Cliff Frederiksen Duo and the headliner, Twin Cities-based vocalist Debbie Duncan with the Lucas Koehler Trio.

And there’s plenty more live jazz in April at the gigs of our many fine local musicians. Check them out on the Madison Jazz Blog calendar’s daily listings.