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/.
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New Jazz Studies Professor Johannes Wallman is breathing life into the UW School of Music jazz program. Here is a listing of programs for the upcoming school year. These are all listed on the calendar, too.
- Wed, Nov. 28, 2012: UW Jazz Orchestra (Johannes Wallmann, Director), Mills Concert Hall, UW Humanities Building, 8:00 pm, no cover
- Fri, Dec. 7, 2012: UW Jazz Orchestra (Johannes Wallmann, Director), “Behind the Beat” @ the UW Rathskeller, 5:00 pm, no cover
- Thu, Feb. 14, 2013: UW Black Music Ensemble (Richard Davis, Director), Morphy Recital Hall, UW Humanities Building, 8:30 pm, no cover
- Tue, March 5, 2013: Johannes Wallmann Group, UW Faculty Concert Series, Morphy Recital Hall, UW Humanities Building, 8:00 pm, no cover
- Tue, April 9, 2013: UW Blue Note Ensemble & Contemporary Jazz Ensemble (Johannes Wallmann, Director), Morphy Recital Hall, UW Humanities Building, 8:00 pm, no cover
- Thu, April 18, 2013: UW Black Music Ensemble (Richard Davis, Director), Morphy Recital Hall, UW Humanities Building, 8:30 pm, no cover
- Thu, May 2, 2013: UW Jazz Orchestra (Johannes Wallmann, Director), Mills Concert Hall, UW Humanities Building, 8:00 pm, no cover
Good news for the Madison jazz scene: UW Madison is looking to hire a Jazz Studies Professor. I suppose this could be to replace Richard Davis or Les Thimmig but my understanding is neither of them have that title. I believe Joan Wildman was the last UW Madison Jazz Studies Professor and she retired well over 5 years ago. She was never replaced so it appears they’re finally getting around to that.
This is great news for jazz in Madison because the lack of a quality jazz program at the UW affects the entire community. A quality program attracts quality students, some of whom will settle in Madison and enrich the city’s cultural milieu. Currently, UW-Madison does not offer a jazz degree and students who play in the UW Jazz Orchestra don’t receive performance credit! Quality jazz musicians are choosing other universities and Madison is missing out on fresh talent to replenish and invigorate the jazz scene.
Hiring a new Jazz Studies Professor is definitely a step in the right direction. With all the talented jazz musician/educators out there it will be exciting to see who we get.