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.
This coming Sunday is the deadline to apply for the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s new part-time position of “Program Coordinator for Venue Development.” This position will lead the Consortium’s efforts to create a wider array of local venues that present live jazz in settings that are good for listening and that pay better fees to the performers. This could include establishment of new venues as well as enhancements to venues that already present live jazz. In this role, he/she will work closely with another Consortium program coordinator, Nick Moran, who will be leading development of a broad array of initiatives to improve the economics of being a working jazz musician in our community.
The description for the venue development coordinator position and application instructions are in the 12/6/13 post on the Jazz Consortium’s website, at http://greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org/2013/12/06/the-jazz-consortium-is-hiring-again-application-deadline-is-december-23-2013/. The application deadline is day’s end this coming Sunday, December 29th.
To get into the applicant pool, you need only submit a resume and 1-2 page narrative that describes your skills and experiences in relation to the qualifications of the position.
Please help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be a good fit for this important position. Thanks!
Right now there is a huge amount of organizing energy being harnessed to bring jazz to Madison. You can help! Listed below in order of timeliness are two paid positions with local jazz organizations and an important survey to complete.
JAZZ AT FIVE IS HIRING: 11/27 APPLICATION DEADLINE.
Jazz at Five is recruiting for their next Executive Administrator. This contracted position provides year-round support for the Jazz at Five board and summer-time support for the Jazz at Five Producer. Duties include communications, marketing, submitting grant applications, supporting the Board’s annual sponsorship drive, and other aspects of staging this annual 5-week outdoor concert series. Work hours are 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, Mondays and Thursdays, and compensation is $150/week. To apply, email your resume with references to email@example.com by 11/27/13.
IMPORTANT SURVEY ON ARTS EDUCATION ACCESS AND EQUITY: 12/4 SURVEY DEADLINE
As reported earlier this Fall, Madison has become the 12th participating city in the Kennedy Center’s “Any Given Child” program. This program mobilizes communities to achieve a powerful goal: ensuring that every student, in grades K-8, throughout the Madison school district, receives a high-quality arts education during the school day, in all art forms, every year. This effort addresses both instruction by school staff as well as the involvement of local artists and arts organizations. See the feature story in this week’s Isthmus. The local Any Given Child leadership team (which includes a rep from the Jazz Consortium) is now conducting a series of surveys to identify where the gaps are, as a first step in developing a community-wide plan to achieve the ambitious “access and equity” goal. The team is asking all artists (including jazz musicians) and arts organizations (including jazz-related organizations) to complete this online survey. The team wants to hear from you, whether you currently provide arts education in Madison’s public schools or don’t but would like to do so in the future.
JAZZ CONSORTIUM IS HIRING AGAIN
While applications are being reviewed for two positions announced last month, the Consortium will begin hiring for another part-time position early next week. This next position is the “Program Coordinator for Venue Development,” a position that will provide leadership for expanding the array of good-paying performance opportunities for jazz musicians in our community. The job description and application instructions will be posted within the coming week on the Consortium website at www.greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org.
Want to help strengthen the local jazz scene? Do you have some spare time and talent to devote to the cause? If so, please consider applying for one of the new part-time contracted Program Coordinator positions with the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium created through a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation.
These new Program Coordinators will be responsible for planning and implementing the Consortium’s next round of new scene-building initiatives that are aimed at strengthening our local jazz scene by:
• Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians,
• Expanding and diversifying the local jazz audience, and
• Cultivating the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators.
Applications are now being accepted for two of these positions: “Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development” and “Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships.” Please view the position descriptions and application instructions now posted at http://www.greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org. The deadline for applications is day’s end Friday, 11/8/13.
If you have questions or would like more information about these opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abe Sorber wants everyone to know about a schedule change for his jazz radio shows:
I’m writing to announce that both shows “Out on a Limb” and “Jazz Abstracts,” will be moving to Thursday nights, starting tomorrow (9/12)!
- 7-8pm Jazz Abstracts (jazz on a theme, usually historically significant recordings I’m learning about)
- 8-9pm Out on a Limb (modern jazz from current artists, emphasizing new releases) WSUM 91.7 FM, www.wsum.org
The shows may be off air occasionally, particularly for major holidays and during UW-Madison breaks.
Mark Ramirez, the booker for Bourbon Street Grille, has an update on the future of jazz at that venue:
The good news: they would like to continue the live jazz music on Wednesdays through September. It’s fantastic having a venue that supports jazz in Madison. There aren’t that many places in town. Twice a week, this summer, we’ve had a dozen groups from duos to big bands play here either inside or on the rooftop. So it’s been a wonderful place to both listen and play music.
The bad news: they may cancel music starting October if the audience levels at the shows continue to drop off. This would not be a good thing for the jazz community – both musicians and listeners. I’ve had no problems finding talented musicians to play at the Bourbon Street Grille. The main issue has been community awareness of the venue and drawing in people to the shows.
It would be a shame to close shop on a good venue. So this is where you can help. Please stop by Bourbon Street Grille sometime this month and show your support for live music and the restaurant. Let other people know about the venue and how important it is to keep jazz alive in Madison.