About the editor
I’ve worked as a Family Practitioner at GHC, an ER doc at Sauk Prairie Hospital, and now as a University Health Services Physician taking care of UW students. I practice what I preach – I am a health fanatic.
I have an equal enthusiasm for music. I am the founder and President of Madison Jazz Jam, and have played in many different bands. Currently, I play twice a month with guitarist Doug Brown at Delaney’s Steakhouse.
About the site
This website was started in November 2008 to support the Madison jazz scene. If you are a Madison, Wisconsin jazz musician or fan (or visiting the area) you will want to check in here regularly to find out the latest local jazz news. This site covers the players and venues, and provides information and links that are helpful for both players and listeners.
The success of this site is very dependent on help from the jazz community. We receive almost daily updates from a variety of sources on items Madison Jazz readers may find interesting. If you come across a tidbit about the local scene, news of an important jazz event, or other items of interest please use the contact page and send us the information to post. We can all help each other stay in the loop.
Guest authors are welcome and have been instrumental in establishing this site and keeping it popular. If you want to help, consider writing an article for the site, maybe a concert review, venue review, or personal reflection related to jazz. You do not need to be a musician or jazz expert. If you love jazz and can write you are qualified. Topics should be of interest and benefit the Madison jazz community. See this article from 3/1/09 for more about guest authors.
Madison Jazz thanks these guest authors for their contributions:
Your Weekly Jazz – how to have a song featured on the site
Each week a different song by a Madison jazz artist is featured. The full spectrum of jazz from dixie to the avant garde is acceptable. The idea is to give a full representation of the Madison jazz scene. Songs will be streamed but not downloadable. Send your mp3 to tniwrek AT hotmail DOT com or contact me if the file is larger than 10 MB. Please include the song name, musician’s names, comments, and pictures. The more information about the music and your group the better. Here is a good example: Your Weekly Jazz: Ray Rideout.
Songs are no longer scheduled weekly, but may appear occasionally. The feature was very popular with jazz fans but jazz artists were slow to send in songs.
Navigating the site
Here are some different methods for finding things on the site:
- Use the search box. This will return items that occur within posts, but will not return items from within comments. Unfortunately, I’m not aware of a good way to search the comments.
- Click on the category. Each article has a category listed at the bottom of the post. There also is a list of categories in the sidebar. The weakness of this system is only one category can be assigned to each post but some posts can easily be put into several categories.
- Click on the tag. Tags are listed at the bottom of each post, and the most commonly used tags are also available in the sidebar tag cloud. The font size in the cloud indicates how often the tag is used. Choose the most specific tag for best results.
- Browse the archives. This is the least efficient way to find a specific item but you may come across many other interesting items you weren’t aware of.
For example, you read an interesting post and want to find related posts. Click on the category or most specific tag at the bottom of the post. Some tags like “Madison Jazz” are used on almost every post so will not be helpful. They are there to help search engines find the site. I hope this helps.