Bob Ramsdell, long-time member of the MATC bands led by Jeff, sent out this email this morning:
This is to let you all know that Jeff Peronto passed away this morning at 9:12, Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
He fought the good race with a strength that most of us could only wish to have.
He started with the Thursday night band back in 1972 and that it’s still going strong is a tribute to Jeff and now to Jamie.
As many of you know Jeff had metastatic cancer for years. It’s incredible he lived this long. Jeff was one of the most vibrant persons I’ve ever met and his indomitable will to survive was evidence of that. I’ve expected this news for a long time but it still fills me with a deep sadness. Jeff, you will be missed.
Another treat for you today: more jazz music from a Madison area musician. Okay, maybe it’s a stretch to say Janesville is in the Madison area but it’s not far away. Tony recently contacted Madison Jazz to help find bandmates. He sent along a very tasty demo recording. Here’s the recording and more information from Tony.
I recently moved to Janesville Wi, from Chicago. I play electric, and upright and would like to find a rehearsal band to start playing my upright again. I used to play in a jazz quartet in Chicago playing tunes from the real book.
I have been playing electric bass for 30 years (self taught) and upright for 9 years. I can follow chord charts, and some simple sight reading of the bass clef. I have played pop, rock, country, blues, soul, and jazz. I played upright for a play called The Drunkard for Quest Theatre. Most of my work in Chicago was in clubs, corporate events, and festivals. Here are links to some of the bands I’ve worked with:
Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra is playing a concert at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo as part of a benefit fundraiser for the historic theater and the Sauk County Artists Association.
The “Sweet Seats” benefit event, sponsored by the Sauk County Artists Association and the Al. Ringling Theatre, will be a fun evening of camaraderie, art and live jazz music with the MMJO. The event takes place on Saturday, February 15th at 7:30.
Both live and silent auctions will take place for bidding on community-contributed chairs, which have been custom-designed and beautifully decorated into works of art by local artists. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a beverage are included in the $25 ticket price.
Not long ago there was only one local upscale restaurant serving up jazz. Things are changing. Take this Friday for instance: the Madison jazz calendar lists drummer Rand Moore and his quartet at Liliana’s, guitarist Cliff Fredericksen with bassist Johhny Widdicombe at Ruth Chris, and guitarist Doug Brown and me (sax) at Delaney’s.
This Thursday Gerri DiMaggio gets a jump on the weekend and begins playing at the Capitol Chop House. Here’s Gerri:
I’m excited about my new Jazz gig at The Capitol Chop House in the downtown Hilton Hotel. I will be playing Thursday’s in February from 6:00 to 9:00. The food will be great, the drinks will be flowing, and love will be in the air! Please join me, Paul Hastil on piano and John Christensen on bass this Thursday on our Maiden Voyage.
From time to time we post music from Madison jazz musicians (just send in your mp3). Today we have a recording of “Mary’s Song” from a concert two days ago at Capitol Lakes. The musicians are Doug Brown on guitar and Bob Kerwin (me) on tenor saxophone.
Mary is my wife and I wrote this song for her for our wedding anniversary. Now she loves me even more! Is that even possible?
The recording was made with a Sony digital recorder set on a chair off to the side of Capitol Lake’s Grand Hall. Although the goal was self assessment, not a professional recording, we are pleased with the result. The acoustics were great and a warm, appreciative audience put us at ease. We like performing there.
We also enjoy our regular performances at Delaney’s Charcoal Steaks 6-9 pm twice a month on Fridays. This month we play Feb 7th and 21st. For future dates check the calendar on this site.
Here’s Nick Moran with information about an important gathering next week.
Are you willing to donate your time and thoughts to help improve our area’s jazz scene? If so, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium invites you to participate in its newly-forming Musician Advisory Group. Through participation in the Group, you will help shape the Consortium’s specific actions aimed at three goals that directly impact the economic opportunities and working conditions of our local jazz musicians:
To create a more supportive climate for our community’s jazz musicians
To expand and diversify the local jazz audience
To cultivate the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators
The Musician Advisory Group will build on the input we received from nearly 80 local musicians in our online survey and interviews last Spring, and which helped us secure a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation. From the Group, we will also create a smaller Musician Advisory Team that will work together to bring the Group’s project ideas to fruition, using our Peterson Foundation grant funds and other resources that we can pursue.
We hope to get the first of these musician-generated projects off the ground by the Spring of 2014.The first meetings for the larger Musician Advisory Group will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm at The Cardinal Bar (418 E. Wilson St) and Wednesday, January 29th, 8pm at The Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington). The Musician Advisory Team will meet 2-3 times in January and February to review and consolidate ideas from the large group meetings. We hope to have a strong list of musician-generated initiatives to present to the board of the GMJC by the end of February.
The role of the Musician Advisory Group/Team is to function as a consulting group to advise the GMJC and its affiliates on various topics including (but not limited to):
Generating ideas for new projects and events
Selecting the best conceived ideas and assessing their feasibility
Review and reflect on the findings of the GMJC Spring 2013 online survey
Advising other organizations looking to bring in national and international jazz groups
Partner with local community and non-profit groups to promote jazz in the area
A ‘Madison Jazz Musicians’ group has been created on Facebook to supplement the work done at meetings. Musicians who are unable to attend our first meeting are welcome to submit their ideas/thoughts on that page or by email to the Musician Advisory Team Coordinator, Nick Moran (use the contact form and it will be forwarded to Nick).