Celebrate the warmth

It’s been in the upper 40’s all week so the Holiday lights should be up and set. So take a break and come down to the Brink Lounge, East Washington Avenue and Blount Street, Thursday November 30.

The band hits at 7:30 pm with 2 sets of not so much holiday music but all of it will swing! A mix of Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich too.

See you there.

Start your weekend with the MJO!

Start your Memorial Day weekend with the monthly MJO gig at the Brink Lounge this Thursday, May 25!

We’ll celebrate the season with “Spring is Here”, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “I Love Paris [in the Springtime]” and we’ll salute Mothers’ Day by playing Phil Wilson’s “Outrageous Mother.”

We’ll also observe some May birthdays: Maynard Ferguson [“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”], Miles Davis [“So What,” “Tutu”] and Bill Holman who turns 90 on May 21 [SEVERAL charts!] We always like to perform charts written by MJO members and alumni; this month we’ll play Paul Dietrich’s beautiful version of “Skylark” as well as the title track from Rick Hirsch’s new CD “Pocono Git-Down”.

The Brink serves excellent food & drink at reasonable prices, what better way to enjoy great live music! There’s a suggested donation of $5 but if you’re a little light on cash just come in & sit down, nobody will hassle you. All this and more at The Brink Lounge on East Washington just a few blocks from the Capitol in beautiful downtown Madison, Wisconsin this Thursday 5/25/17, 7:30 – 10 PM.

Celebrate Spring!

Come out to celebrate Spring with the Madison Jazz Orchestra this month at the Brink Lounge on April 27.

As we move toward the summer festival season, we take a few moments to toast the MJO in our 30th year.

Stop down for 2 sets of music starting at 7:30 on Thursday April 27.

The Brink Lounge, East Washington at Blount Street, Madison, WI

At the Brink on November 20

We celebrate Thanksgiving and the thanks we have for your our fans who come out to hear the band each month. This one will be a tough one. Winter has blown in like crazy but the jazz will be hot, hot, hot to warm your soul.

We also will raise a glass to our good friend Corky Cain who passed away from cancer on Tuesday, November 18. At some point we all had our brass and reed instruments repaired, fixed up or modified by Corky. He was a regular when we were at Rusty’s on the west side near his home. We will miss his wry sense of humor and his great craftsmanship.

The show starts at 7:30 pm with 2 one hour sets. See you there.

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.


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.


    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.


    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 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.

    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!