The Brink Tonight!

It’s Trick or Jazz (we prefer jazz) at the Brink Lounge tonight, October 30. We hit at 7:30 pm with the traditional 2 sets until 10 pm.

We’ll feature some Halloween related tunes [Saturday Nite in a Haunted House, Blue Moan, I Dismember You], some birthday tributes [including Clifford Brown since the 30th would have been his 84th birthday] and LOTS of Buddy Rich [Machine, Mexicali Nose and more including the monumental Channel One Suite] featuring Madison’s hardest working musician, Rand Moore on drums.

Madison Jazz Society celebrates 30!

A great time was had by all playing for the 30th anniversary celebration for the Madison Jazz Society. As they kick off the 30th year, the Dixie Sizzlers and the Madison Jazz Orchestra shared the celebration concert.

We look forward to hear more about the next 30 year for the MJS in support of jazz education, jazz concerts and jazz music promotion.

News from the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

The MJO participated in the first event sponsored and promoted by this new organization at Full Compass last fall. Here is their first e-newsletter. If you are interested in subscribing to this e-newsletter, send an email to Howard Landsman at hlandsman@tds.net.

JAZZ CONSORTIUM PARTNERS IN ACTION

The following list of events shows that, STARTING TODAY, the next few weeks will be especially active ones for many of the Jazz Consortium’s partners. We hope you’ll find some (if not all) of these to be of interest.

  • Madison Music Collective’s “Jazz on a Sunday” program featuring the great bop alto saxophonist Richie Cole, at the Brink TODAY, 2/10/13, beginning at 3:30 PM, and followed by a free interactive workshop with Richie and his band at 6:00 PM. Discounted advance tickets are available at http://www.thebrinklounge.com/music-events-schedule/.
  • The UW Black Music Ensemble (Richard Davis, Director) gives its first concert of the Spring semester on Thursday, 2/14/13, 8:30 PM, at Morphy Recital Hall in the UW Humanities Building. Free admission.
  • The newly-expanded (3-day) mid-winter Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, also at the Brink, starting on Valentine’s Day evening and running for 3 days through Saturday evening, 2/16/13. Visit http://midwestgypsyswingfest.com for artist and ticket information.
  • Madison Jazz Society’s 2/24/13 concert by The Original Salty Dogs, one of the world’s foremost traditional jazz bands, 1:00-4:00 PM at the Coliseum Bar. Tickets at the door. http://www.madisonjazz.com/upcoming/
  • The UW Jazz Orchestra and Madison College Community Jazz Ensemble joint concert at UW’s Mills Concert Hall on 2/27 @ 7:30 PM, with trumpeter Russ Johnson (Milwaukee/NYC, Jazz Professor at UW Parkside) as guest soloist with the UWJO. Free admission.
  • The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes The Bad Plus to The Sett at Union South for a free concert on Sunday, 3/3/13, 8:00 PM. http://www.thebadplus.com/
    Johannes Wallmann’s first UW School of Music Faculty Recital, on Tuesday, 3/5/13, 7:30 PM, at Morphy Recital Hall in the Humanities Building. Free admission.
  • WORT-FM’s Winter on-air fundraising marathon, running from 2/21/13 – 3/6/13.
  • These are in addition to the twice-monthly Madison Jazz Jam sessions that are drawing big crowds to the Fountain at 122 State Street (even this past Super Bowl Sunday!) on the first and third Sundays of each month, 4:00-7:00 PM. The next MJJ sessions are on 2/17/13 and 3/3/13.

    SAVE THESE DATES: GREATER MADISON TO CELEBRATE DEXTER GORDON @ 90

    The Jazz Consortium’s next production will be a March 11-14 residency by Maxine Gordon, wife, long-time manager, biographer, and legacy shepherd of the late saxophone giant Dexter Gordon, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. During this milestone year, Maxine will bring her “Dex @ 90” program to Paris, Copenhagen, Sweden, and Switzerland as well as to major cities/venues around the USA including Jazz at Lincoln Center, and it’s a bit of a coup for Madison to be part of her itinerary, http://www.dextergordon.com/dex-at-90/.
    While in Madison, Maxine will deliver a series of programs including free showings of the film “Round Midnight” (for which Dexter received a Best Actor Oscar nomination and Herbie Hancock won for Best Original Score) and her talk about the making of the movie. Also on tap are a special program at Morphy Recital Hall with Johannes Wallman’s students (Blue Note Ensemble), a talk to Richard Davis’ Black Music History class, a full day of sessions with Steve Sveum’s jazz students at Sun Prairie High School, a program with the UW’s PLATO Jazz continuing education class, and a special hour-long segment on WORT-FM on Jane Reynolds and Steve Braunginn’s “Strictly Jazz Sounds” show. Also under development is a special program with the South Madison branch library.

    The Consortium is about to launch a quick and quiet campaign to raise the remaining funds we need to cover the cost of Maxine’s visit to our community. We will be conducting this campaign through the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission’s Power2Give website, which enables u to capture the Commission’s 50% match for every dollar contributed, regardless of the gift amount. Watch for more info about our campaign and the final schedule for Maxine’s programs. For a sneak peek, check out her presentation to the Library of Congress at http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4888, and her in-depth All About Jazz interview at www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=41600.

    STRENGTHENING THE JAZZ SCENE: SEEKING COMMUNITY INPUT

    Perhaps the most important activity of the Jazz Consortium’s first year is our upcoming strategic planning work. This work will identify a few high-priority collaborative initiatives that the Consortium partners will undertake in the next year or two to help create a more vibrant and sustainable local jazz scene. As part of the process, we will conduct an online survey and a series of focus groups in early Spring to gain input on the key challenges and opportunities facing our jazz community. Please stay tuned for information on ways that you can have your voice heard. In the meantime, if you have comments you’d like to place in the hopper, simply forward them in a reply to this email.

    JAZZ CONSORTIUM STEERING COMMITTEE

    The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is governed by a steering committee of representatives from each member organization. The Steering Committee members are:

  • Steve Braunginn, WORT-FM
  • Laurie Fellenz, Madison Metropolitan School District Fine Arts Office
  • Ben Ferris, Wisconsin Union Theater
  • Bill Goodrich, Madison Jazz Jam
  • Howard Landsman, Madison Music Collective
  • Rand Moore, Madison Jazz Society
  • Gary Poulson, Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest
  • Johannes Wallmann, UW-Madison School of Music
  • GREATER MADISON’S JAZZ CALENDAR

    There’s lots more going on Madison’s jazz scene beyond the Jazz Consortium partners’ events. For up-to-date information on upcoming club dates and special programs, visit the Jazz Calendar on the Madison Jazz Blog, at http://madisonjazz.wordpress.com/.

    The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is supported by a generous grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation. Maxine Gordon’s upcoming visit is made possible in part by contributions from the Madison Jazz Society, Madison Music Collective, UW School of Music, the Sun Prairie High School Band Boosters, and ticket sales from the Consortium’s 11/3/12 Jazz Junction program.

    Dance gig and the Brink Lounge

    We have several gigs this month including a dance!

    Feb 15, 7:30 pm at Blackhawk Church, 9620 Brader Way, Middleton, WI just off of Mineral Point rd, west of the Beltline. We’ll be playing 2 one hour dance sets of mostly swing music. Before we play, there will be dance lessons from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. They have a DJ at our break and continuing until midnight after we are done (10 pm). Admission is only $5 (plus $3 for dance lessons if you choose). Put on your dancing shoes and come out with your sweetheart. More details on the Blackhawk Church web site here

    Feb 28 brings us back to the Brink Lounge for 2 one hour sets of large ensemble jazz music. With February brings the love, romance and cupid theme ideas but there will be some surprises also. No cover but we appreciate the alms for the band in the bucket.

    Thanks goes to you, our audience, who continue to support this great American art form of jazz.

    The Brink Lounge is also up for the Best of Madison award in several categories:

  • Live Music Venue
  • Live Performance Venue
  • Write in for Wine Bar
  • Vote for them here. While you are at the Brink, take some time out and thank Curt, Elizabeth and Matt Brink for their support of live jazz in Madison.

    See you this month!

    Great event last Saturday

    Wow, is all I can say about last Saturday’s event at Full Compass honoring jazz educators, philanthropist John Peterson and welcoming Johannes Wallmann to UW – Madison School of Music.

    A wealth of Madison’s jazz community was present – MJO, Dave Stoler, John Christense, Geoff Brady, Hanah Jon Taylor, The Sizzlers, Harmonious Wail, Randal Harrison, Michelle DuVall, Doug Brown, Marilyn Fisher, Tony Castaneda’s Latin Sextet, Dave Cooper, John Stevens, Cliff Frederiksen, John Schaeffer, Johannes Wallmann and more played the entire afternoon.

    A diverse and high quality program from all of the performers.

    A special surprise at the end of the show, when Susan and Jonathan Lipp, hosts of the event and owners of Full Compass, introduced the editor/publisher of DownBeat magazine, Frank Alkyer, who said that he has been to every major jazz event and festival in the world – this event is a good as it gets! Madison should be proud of it’s jazz community and performers.

    A big thanks to Susan and Jonathan Lipp of Full Compass and their staff for hosting the day, providing lunch and refreshments for the performers and making it a great event. Thanks also to Howard Landsman and the new Greater Madison Jazz Consortium for their initiative in establishing this event. Hopefully an annual celebration of jazz!

    Jazz Junction this Saturday

    MJO is performing for a great event saluting music educators, Philanthropist John Peterson and new UW-Madison Jazz Studies director Johannes Wallmann this Saturday, November 3 at Full Compass Systems, 9770 Silicon Prairie Parkway on the west side.

    We’ll be performing two tunes (so will everyone else) – Count Bubba (Gordon Goodwin) and Love for Sale (Buddy Rich). The doors open at 2 pm for conversation and refreshments. We lead off the program at 2:30.

    Some of the other performers include – Dave Stoler, Tony Castaneda’s Latin Jazz Sextet, Rick Flowers, Dave Cooper and more. There will be new and old, small group and large group jazz, vocalists, instrumentalists all celebrating the wonderful American music called jazz!

    Checkout the Madison Music Collective web site for tickets – www.madisonmusiccollective.org.

    More info on the Daily Page here

    See you there!

    We are at the Brink this Thursday

    Yes it’s the 4th Thursday of the month again and the MJO rides into the Brink Lounge at 7:30 pm, October 25. We are in the lounge (big and comfy couches, lounge chairs) with two one hour sets at 7:30 and 9 pm.

    This month we celebrate the Rhythm and Blues with tunes based on Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ changes and tunes based on the Blues changes.

    Keep an eye out for musicians sitting in with the band this week. It’s the WSMA convention weekend at the Monona Terrace bringing music educators together from around the state for concerts, seminars and lectures enhancing their teaching abilities.

    As always there is no cover charge to get into the club. We appreciate your contributions to our ‘Alms for the Band’ fund. Primarily used to purchase new charts for the band, we have made the choice to use the ‘Alms for the Band’ format rather than a cover charge format in order for our fans to choose how much you would like to contribute to the band.

    See you at the Brink on Thursday night!