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:
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.
One of the things we discussed was how much Rand was looking forward to the MMJO gigs this week. At 7 pm tonight they are playing at Monona Terrace to mark the beginning of the 2011 Wisconsin State Music Conference, and from noon to 3 pm Sunday they play a dance at the DorfHause in Roxbury.
Roxbury is thirty minutes outside of town, a direct shot down Hwy 12 toward Sauk City, and the DorfHause is a big old-fashioned German-style dinner club with a large dance floor. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time. Ideal for dancing to a big band!
And this is no ordinary band. They are large (23 pieces including 4 Mellophoniums), talented (can you imagine Dave Cooper, Jon Schipper, Jim Doherty, and John Bohman on trumpets?), and play all original Stan Kenton charts.
If you need more event details see the calendar to your left. If you haven’t heard the MMJO here’s a clip from this summer’s Isthmus Jazz Fest:
A beautiful day and distractions like the Iron Man didn’t keep a full house of jazz fans from enjoying a fantastic concert in the Nightclub room at the Brink Lounge yesterday. The concert by the the Lawrence Faculty Jazz Quartet was easily the best concert I’ve been to this year.
A recording of the entire concert will be available in the future on the Mad Toast Live website – highly recommended! In the meantime here is a video of the second song performed, “Gitchee Gumee,”written by keyboardist Bill Carrothers (the rest of the group is saxophonist Jose Encarnacion, percussionist Dane Richeson, and bassist Mark Urness). It cast a powerful emotional spell over the room that video cannot capture.
If you encounter stuttering playback try waiting for the buffering indicator to travel all the way to the right – this may take several minutes. And sorry for the shaking, I forgot my mini-tripod. Hopefully as I get more experience (this is my first video ever) there will be more videos of Madison jazz performances, and the quality will improve.
You may have noticed Zach Nielsen’s name on the Madison Jazz Calendar lately. Zach arrived in Madison last summer from Albuquerque where he played in a trio with some of the city’s best jazz players. After taking some time to settle his family in he began performing several months ago at Pasqual’s and Great Dane, two venues not previously known for jazz.
In Madison he has been playing with accomplished jazz musicians also. In this recent video from Pasqual’s, Zach and his trio play the Mingus quasi-blues, Nostalgiain Times Square. Zach on keys, Keith Leinert on drums, and Brad Townsend on bass.