The Madison Jazz Orchestra is Southern Wisconsin’s finest repertory large jazz ensemble. Founded in November 1986 by acclaimed bassist Dennis Oliver, the MJO carries on the tradition of large group concert jazz by performing works from the libraries of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Buddy Rich Band, Count Basie Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Benny Goodman and many others. The band also features current music written by current players or alums of the band such as Rick Hirsch, John Ahearn and contemporary composers such as Bob Mintzer, Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider.
Often heard at local festivals, special events and functions, the MJO celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017. Their regular gig at The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI on the fourth Thursday of the month starts at 7:30 pm with two one hour sets at 7:30 and 9 pm.