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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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The Jazz Consortium is Hiring Again: Application Deadline is December 29, 2013

6 Dec

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is now hiring for another of its new part-time contracted positions: “Program Coordinator for Venue Development.” This position will lead the Consortium’s efforts to create a wider array of local venues that present live jazz in settings that are good for listening and that pay better fees to the performers. This could include establishment of new venues as well as enhancements to venues that already present live jazz.

The description for this new position is presented below. Please note that the qualifications listed represent the attributes of the “ideal candidate,” while the applicant we hire will be the one having the best mix of these attributes.

To apply, please submit (a) a professional resume and (b) a 1-2 page narrative describing how your background and experience align well with the “primary qualifications” listed in the position description. Please submit your resume and narrative as email attachments, to hlandsman@tds.net. The deadline for receipt of applications is day’s end Sunday, December 29, 2013. (If you applied for one of the Jazz Consortium’s previously-announced Program Coordinator positions, you need not re-submit your resume.)

Applicants for these positions will be screened by Consortium board members, and finalists will be invited to an interview. We hope to hold interviews during the week of 1/6/14, to make our hiring decisions at the Consortium’s 1/14/14 Board meeting, and to have the Program Coordinator’s work begin by 2/1/14.

If you have questions or would like more information about these opportunities, please email hlandsman@tds.net. Thanks for your consideration.

Howard Landsman, Chairman
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium



Legal Status: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: February 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $4,500

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 225 for the term of this agreement, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the Program Coordinator for Venue Development. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Accountability: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will be accountable to the GMJC Board of Directors. His/her primary contact will be the Board Chairman, currently Howard Landsman.

Goal: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goal: Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians.

Scope of Services: The work of the Program Coordinator for Venue Development will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Identify prospective new venues for live jazz performances in the Greater Madison area, including but not limited to new and existing performance spaces and private homes.
• Identify opportunities to expand upon the jazz programming currently provided by existing venues.
• Guide the feasibility assessment(s) that identify(ies) the most promising opportunities for further venue development including determining the steps and resources needed to implement or expand live jazz programming at these venues and engaging GMJC’s Musician Advisory Team in the feasibility assessment process .
• Support the venue managers in establishing their venue as a site for live jazz programming, or further developing their current jazz programming, to maximize the chances of successful implementation.
• Manage the funds available to support start-up/expansion of jazz programming at these venues.
• Complement, and assist as needed, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators (including Musician-Led Project Development, Nonprofit Partnerships, and K-12 Guest Artist) and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the Program Coordinator for Venue Development has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Love for jazz music
• Familiarity with the local jazz scene, including programming in live music venues in Dane County
• Self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Excellent communication skills
• Experience successfully producing music or other performing arts programs/events
• Experience working successfully with commercial music venue owners/managers or other small businesses
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the project through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)