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 –

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!