The best high school jazz program in the Midwest is arguably right here in Dane County, at Sun Prairie High School, under the direction of Steve Sveum. This coming Sunday, 11/24/13, the school continues its ongoing relationship with the outstanding jazz program from Northern Illinois University (NIU), with a day-long clinic and an evening concert featuring performances by the NIU Jazz Ensemble, guest artist Rodney Whitaker on bass, and the magnificent saxophonist Ronald Carter, director of the NIU jazz program.
The concert will be held at the Sun Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, 888 Grove Street, starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door, costing $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.
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.
What’s in that new $60,000 Peterson Foundation grant to the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, and how is it going to help the Consortium pursue its goals of creating a more supportive climate for local jazz musicians, enhancing K-12 jazz education, and expanding the local jazz audience? Find out about these upcoming grant-funded initiatives by visiting the Consortium’s website at http://greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org/.
To offer your feedback about these initiatives, or to subscribe to the Consortium’s monthly e-newsletter that includes a calendar of upcoming special jazz events as well as news of other noteworthy doings in the local jazz community, send email to email@example.com.
As part of the mutual welcome to our community at the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s “Jazz Junction” kickoff event at Full Compass this past November, the UW School of Music’s new Jazz Studies Director Johannes Wallmann, http://www.music.wisc.edu/faculty/bio?faculty_id=94, gave us a sneak peek at the brasstet format that’s been at the forefront of his composing, arranging and performing, and that is heard on his latest CD, “The Coasts” (2010, MWP Records).
Johannes has now firmed up the membership of the Wisconsin edition of his brasstet, and Madison Music Collective is bringing them to the Brink Lounge tomorrow (Sunday, 3/10/13) for a 3:30 PM concert hosted by Mad Toast Live’s Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines and a 6:00 PM interactive workshop hosted by Laurie Lang of the Improvisational Music Workshop. In addition to Johannes on piano, the new band (called The Sweet Minute) includes the stellar line-up of Dave Cooper (trumpet), Darren Sterud (trombone), Marty Erickson (tuba), John Christensen (bass) and Devin Drobka (drums).
Discounted advance sale tickets are available at http://www.thebrinklounge.com/ai1ec_event/jazz-on-a-sunday-johannes-wallmann-and-the-sweet-minute/?instance_id=1456. Full-price tickets will also be available at the door. For more info about the band, visit http://madisonmusiccollective.org/Events/Johannes.shtml.
The program schedule is now set for Maxine Gordon’s visit to Greater Madison, part of her 2013 world-wide tour to celebrate the life and music of the late great jazz saxophonist, Dexter Gordon, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Under sponsorship of the new Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Maxine will conduct the following programs during a four-day residency (3/11-3/14/13) in our community. (Note: Program schedule is subject to change. Check this site as the event dates draw near to verify the schedule, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
• MONDAY, 3/11/13, 7:30-9:30 PM: “AN EVENING WITH MAXINE GORDON AND THE UW BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE” (Location: Morphy Recital Hall, in the UW Humanities Building). One of the three student ensembles directed by UW Jazz Studies Professor Johannes Wallmann – the Blue Note Ensemble – will be learning Dexter’s music during the Spring semester. This evening, they will give a mini-concert of his music, interspersed with live on-stage interviews of Maxine by WORT-FM jazz hosts Steve Braunginn and Jane Reynolds and an audience Q&A. The audience will include members of all of Professor Wallmann’s student ensembles (Blue Note Ensemble, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, and UW Jazz Orchestra) and students from Richard Davis’ Black Music Ensemble. Free and open to the public. http://www.music.wisc.edu/extensions/eventdetails.jsp?event_id=2496
• TUESDAY, 3/12/13, 6:30–10:00 PM: “ROUND MIDNIGHT” (Location: Chazen Museum of Art). Dexter had the lead role in Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 film, “Round Midnight,” the fictional story of an expatriate American jazz musician in Paris loosely based on the lives of jazz greats Lester Young and Bud Powell. He also won a Grammy for the film’s soundtrack, while Herbie Hancock won an Oscar for Best Original Score. Maxine Gordon will introduce the movie with her presentation, “The Making of Round Midnight,” and conduct a Q& A following the film showing. This program is free and open to the public. Continue reading
Madison Jazz Society (MJS) will hold a SUPER JAZZ BOOK & MORE SALE on Friday, February 1 (2:00-6:00 PM) and Saturday, February 2 (10:00 AM-2:00 PM) as a fundraiser for the Society’s School Grants Fund. The Fund annually awards grants to schools throughout the Greater Madison area and across Wisconsin to enhance their jazz education programs. Among the $9,000 in grants awarded this past November were ones to support last month’s Madison All-City High School Jazz Festival and next month’s Sun Prairie High School Jazz Festival. The Fund also supports things like purchase of jazz charts and instruments, clinician fees, artist-in-residence programs, and the like.
This sale will feature more than 500 jazz books that were recently donated to MJS, as well as a variety of CDs and records. The books are in pristine condition and MJS assures shoppers that they will find something good to add to your library.
The sale will be held at the Drums ‘N Moore store, 6033 Monona Drive, second floor, in Monona. Look for signs in front of the building that will direct you to the sale. The building is next to Studio Z hair design.