Strollin’ Jazz Crawl Series – First Settlement Neighborhood on Friday, September 26


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)


About the Bands



Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.41.55 PM“We play big band swing music and much, much more! Our story is about inspiration and encouragement given by lovers of good music and finding out what entertains and makes them happy. LMS is based in Madison, WI (although many of our 19 energetic dames live in surrounding communities).

Over 15 years ago, LMS became Ladies Must Swing which came from Linda Marty Schmitz, President of the Madison Jazz Society! Thank you to Madison Jazz Society for giving us our very first performance opportunity!The presence of women playing jazz has gotten a lot of attention over the last decade and we are grateful for that. We intend to keep the musical momentum going and invite you to come see us, hear us, dance to us, celebrate with us, and re-live history!

We currently feature five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums, congas, guitar and vocalist and play for dances, concerts, parties, outdoor events, and celebrations (any gig is a celebration!). 2012 has been the busiest year ever with programs all over the State of Wisconsin (a swing state!) We look forward to many more gigs in 2013!

So there you have it, a true love story – Ladies Must Swing – together for over 15 years!”


Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.50.31 PMMadison College Big Band, directed by Jamie Kember, is comprised of vibrant community members and active Madison College students. This ensemble is one of many arts opportunities that Madison College provides helping to make Madison and the surrounding area a more culturally rich area. The band meets Thursday evenings,exploring many periods of music written for jazz big band, preparing for performances that are held throughout the year.






Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.51.00 PMMike Cammilleri- Hammond B3 Organ
Vince Jesse- Guitar
John Pollard- Drums







Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.52.21 PMJan Wheaton, one of Madison’s longtime favorite songstresses is a transplant from Cherryvale, Kansas, where she was born. She first performed publicly at the age of eight. Jan’s mother, an accomplished musician herself, gave her daughter both piano and voice lessons for about nine years. Jan also played clarinet in high school, but only because it allowed her to be in the marching band!! (That was long before the age of the portable keyboard!) After high school, it was off to the University of Kansas at Lawrence, where she received a B.A. in microbiology. Her earliest influences as a vocalist were Carmen McRae and Nancy Wilson, who later led her into a strong appreciation for the work of Billy Holliday, Dinah Washington, and more recently Roberta Flack, divas Schurr and Kraal, and others. While in School at KU, she worked frequently with a jazz trio at a local tavern. During those years, she also appeared at the legendary BLUE ROOM in Kansas City, Mo., with the late Reginald Buckner and in Lawrence with the Carmel Jones Trio.

Performing has been irregular but constant since arriving in Madison in 1964. She has worked with well-known area musicians such as the late Ted Jackson, John Thulin, Joan Wildman, Dave Stoler, Hans Sturm, Hanah Jon Taylor, Cliff Frederickson, Jane Reynolds, and Harris Lemberg, and has performed in most of Madison’s clubs during the past 40+ years. She “opened” Betty Carter’s 1982 concert, and has been a frequent participant in local charitable benefits. She appeared with “Richard Davis and Friends” at the world-famous SWEET BASIL jazz club in New York in 1989. Her 1989 release, SMALL WORLD, ISN’T IT? featuring pianist Peter Lundberg, bassist Richard Davis, and Percussionists Jim Latimer and Michael Weiss, is still available locally. Her CD… LOVE’S 3 FACES… with Harris Lemberg is available from the artists.

Wheaton was the 2001 “Isthmus Jazz Personality of the Year”, the recipient of the 2005 Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) “Lifetime Achievement Award,” and the MAMA award for “Best Female Vocalist” for 2005. Her most recent CD musical offering, EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE with her current accompanist, Matan Rubinstein, can be found in area retail outlets and at all of her gigs! Currently, she has her own quintet, and can be found many evenings at various area clubs. Jan now has a M.S. in bacteriology, and is an Emerita Assistant Dean of Students at UW-Madison. When she is not at the fitness center, she now spends the bulk of her time in pursuit of that “after-hours thing”. She has developed into a unique song-stylist . . . . Madison is very proud!


Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.51.14 PMAlison Margaret is a gifted jazz singer, arranger, composer, and pianist. She hails from Chicago, where she studied at the prestigious Columbia College, earning a degree in vocal jazz performance. Alison has worked with some greats from the Chicago jazz scene, such as Laurence Hobgood, pianist, arranger, and composer, best known for his partnership with Kurt Elling; trumpeter and composer Orbert Davis; and William Russo, the late-great composer-founder of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

Alison Margaret released “Shades of Morning” in 2009. The 10-song set features Alison’s pristine, fluid vocal styling and improvisation over innovative arrangements and stellar performances of American jazz and folk classics, plus tunes rarely heard in the jazz repertoire. “Shades of Morning” suggests Alison’s Chicago roots, reminiscent without being derivative of Hobgood and Elling. Sophisticated harmony and rhythm, improvisational creativity, and Alison’s atmospheric and supremely musical singing are the CD’s hallmarks. Alison has been singled out as Critic’s Choice an unprecedented number of times in Isthmus, Madison’s premier entertainment tabloid.

The Alison Margaret Jazz Quintet has performed at Madison’s Jazz at 5 festival 3 times, Milwaukee’s Third Ward Jazz Festival, Isthmus Jazz Festival, as well as at Monona Terrace, the Brink Lounge, Jazz on the Park, Memorial Union, Opus Lounge, and a host of other venues—anywhere jazz is heard and played. Alison has also performed at many famous Chicago jazz haunts and festivals, including the Green Mill, the Hot House, Jazz Showcase, and the Navy Pier. Alison’s relationship with jazz is both deep and broad, spanning the continuum between performance and formal education. She has a master’s of music with a focus on jazz performance and education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.51.24 PMThe music of composer and pianist Johannes Wallmann has been shaped by the sounds of the many places he has called home: the rhythmic pulse of New York and Oakland meets the rugged coasts of the Pacific Northwest and the open expanses of the Midwest. Steeped in the jazz tradition, and informed by the music of Coltrane and Ellington, Wallmann’s distinctive compositions seek to explore new territory, joining harmonic complexity with infectious groove, melodic introspection with playful exuberance.

Born in Germany, Wallmann was raised on Canada’s Vancouver Island, where he studied classical piano and guitar. Deciding to pursue a career in music, he moved first to Boston and then New York City, studying jazz piano and composition at Berklee College of Music (B.Mus., 1995) and at New York University (M.A., 1997; Ph.D., 2010), and winning numerous national music competitions and scholarships, as well as two Canada Council artist grants.

Over twelve years in New York City, followed by five years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wallmann established himself as a prolific performer in styles as diverse as mainstream jazz and electric fusion, American spirituals, Cantonese pop music, and 20th century classical music. He has performed or recorded with many other artists, including the Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet, the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, the American Music Group, jazz tubaists Howard Johnson and Marcus Rojas, drummers Jeff Hirshfield, Danny Gottlieb, Tim Horner, Terry Clarke and Donald Bailey, bassists Jeff Andrews, Sean Conly and Martin Wind, saxophonists Gary Bartz, Seamus Blake, Pete Yellin and Phil Dwyer, trumpeters Ingrid Jensen and Ralph Alessi, trombonist Josh Roseman, guitarist Brad Shepik, operatic tenor Dr. Francois Clemmons, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, and Canto-pop star Faye Wong. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including several national tours with the Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet, and performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Brooklyn Conservatory (New York City), Massey Hall (Toronto), the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival (Topeka, KS), the Hong Kong Coliseum, Pacific Coliseum (Vancouver), and the SkyReach Center (Edmonton), the Taj Mahal (Atlantic City), and in jazz clubs throughout North America.

As a composer and bandleader, Wallmann has released four critically acclaimed CDs, including The Johannes Wallmann Quartet (1997), Alphabeticity (2003), Minor Prophets (2007), which Cadence Magazine describes as a “glowing statement of rippling inventiveness.”
His most recent CD, The Coasts (2010), is a suite of tone poems inspired by the places that exist at the intersections of water and land, industry and civilization, performed by Wallmann‘s N.Y. Brasstet, with Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Josh Roseman, trombone; Marcus Rojas, tuba; Sean Conly, bass; Fred Kennedy, drums; and Wallmann, piano.
The original Brasstet first saw the light of day when Wallmann received a commission in 2001 to write music for the North River music series after having spent a year researching traditional American Spirituals in Tennessee, Alabama, and New York on a Canada Council for the Arts grant, resulting in the “American Suite for Brasstet.” Another concert-length suite followed in 2003 with the anti-war themed “Imperial Suite.”

Wallmann explains the inspiration for the unusual instrumentation: “As a composer, I love the rich timbres of a large ensemble, but as a performer, I prefer the interaction and nimbleness of a small group. The instrumentation of the Brasstet is the best of both worlds: at different times, the three horns can blend together in a brass-choir chorale, split off into different melodies, play lush backgrounds for soloists, or become a miniature New Orleans-ian second-line brass band, all while engaging in a healthy back-and-forth with the rhythm section.”

“What gives the Brasstet such a unique sound is the tuba. It’s a wonderful instrument with a rich history that doesn’t get a lot of use in modern jazz. It obviously lends itself beautifully to playing bass lines and bottom support on chords, but since we have an acoustic bass player in the band, I often have the tuba play melodies and inner parts, which takes a very skilled musician – but I’m lucky in that all of the guys in this new band are legitimate virtuosos!”

In the fall of 2012, Dr. Wallmann moved to Madison, Wisconsin to become Director of Jazz Studies at UW Madison’s School of Music, where he is the inaugural holder of the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies. At UW Madison, teaches jazz composition, improvisation, jazz piano, and jazz ensembles, including the UW Jazz Orchestra.

Prior to his appointment at UW Madison, Wallmann served for five years as Director of Jazz Studies at California State University East Bay in the East Bay. At CSUEB, Wallmann introduced and developed comprehensive curricula for jazz theory and applied jazz; revamped the jazz ensemble offerings to include six new small-group ensembles; established a series of workshops and masterclasses with visiting artists; and produced two CDs of student ensembles.
Previous adjunct teaching appointments include New York University (1997-2007) and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (2003-2007). In 2005, he was named “Music Teacher of the Year” by the students of New York University.


Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 1.52.59 PMLouka Patenaude is an anomaly in the music world due to his accelerated abilities in so many fields of music and more. He is known as one of the Midwest’s most electrifying guitarists and improvisors. The creator, producer and engineer of the rock masterwork, The Optimistic, co-creator of alt. country/bluegrass stomp-a-thon The Fingers, and Madison’s oldest running jazz jam session group The New Breed Quartet as well as the choice guitarist for jazz legend Ben Sidran (original member of the Steve Miller Band) and for reggae’s legendary goliaths Natty Nation. Louka is also widely known as a music educator with deep roots. Currently he collaborates with Madison Music Makers (see Music Education) which is a non-profit that provides music education and instruments to Madison’s underprivileged children.


Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 2.05.15 PMA western swing band for the North.
David Heuring: Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Chris Ruppenthal: Steel Guitar and Lead Guitar
John Henry: Violin
Mike Steen: Bass






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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