Welcome to the Home of the Madison Jazz Orchestra


Organized by the late Dennis Oliver, Madison bassist extraordinary, in 1986 with its first concert at the Sheraton Hotel, The Madison Jazz Orchestra has performed in many venues and events across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois including The Isthmus Jazz Festival, Jazz @ 5, Rockford’s On the Waterfront Festival and numerous High Schools and Middle Schools.

A long time fixture Thursday nights at Dotty Dumplings Dowry (Dotty's) on Fairchild Street (until the demolition for the new arts center), the MJO continues the tradition of big band concert jazz in Madison, Wisconsin. With a library consisting of tunes by and from the libraries of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer and many more, the band is swinging like no other at every performance.

Our new ‘home’ is The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703. Check out the schedule page for the latest gig. 4th Thursday night, January - October and December. November will be the 3rd Thursday.

Come down to the next performance and enjoy the great big band jazz sounds of the Madison Jazz Orchestra.

A bit about the band....

The regular gig:  The Brink Lounge, East Washington Ave at Blount, Madison, WI, every 4th Thursday of the month.  2 sets 7:30 - 8:30 and 9-10 pm.  In the showroom.  A suggested $5 in the champagne bucket is appreciated!

Breaking news: Gig at the Brink this month is in the Lounge (room with the big couches). There are specials on bottles of wine (25% off) and food just for you!