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


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
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
    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.


    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,
    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, and her in-depth All About Jazz interview at


    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.


    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

    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

    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.