Connie Evingson Jazz Vocal Workshop facilitated by Marilyn Fisher

Following the MMC concert, This Sunday (11/16),  from 6-7pm, Marilyn Fisher will host a Jazz vocal workshop featuring the artists from the MMC/JOAS concert:

Connie EvingsonConnie Evingson (vocals) , Dave Karr (saxophone) and Mary Louise Knutson (piano) Laurie Lang (bass) Jim Huwe (drums) Chris Wagoner (violin)

This worshop will focus on ALL vocalists that improvise and those who want to learn more about vocal improvisation and/or instrumentalists that want to learn more about how to play in an ensemble with vocalists. Come ready to sing or jump in on an instrument.

Sunday, Nov. 16, 6-7pm

The Brink Lounge

701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI

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Terri Lyne Carrington Workshop : Leading from the Drums! Nov. 8, 3pm WI Union Theater, Shannon Hall

ANNOUNCING! Terri Lyne Carrington Workshop November 8th


This invite goes out to ALL community members young and old:

  • that want to learn more about jazz,
  • unique drum grooves,
  • innovative bandleader traditions
  • and the untold stories of women in jazz.

Come one come all to Memorial union for a free workshop!

Hosted by

Madison Music Collective

 Memorial Union Theater 

Terri Lyne Carrington Workshop

“Get to know the artist, the drummer and one of the most exciting band leaders today!” 

November 8, 2014

 3-4:30pm  Talk and Workshop in Shannon Hall, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

8pm Mosaic Concert 


Workshop Content:

  Get to Know the Artist

1. Ms. Carrington will speak a bit about herself and her experience coming up through the ranks of The legendary jazz Musicians of our time.

2. She will also speak about how she was received as a young woman musician (drummer).

3. As a well established and respected musician, Ms. Carrington will also share about her current projects, education efforts and the various other music work she  does.

There will be a short… 

Q & A about Carrington as an artist. 

Leading from the drums

1. Ms. Carrington will speak what it is like to lead a band from the drums and how she fits into the history of drummer/bandleaders.

2. She will also speak about what it means to “set the groove” – She will show some of her unique grooves, blends and hybrids

3. Ms. Carrington will share about her Mosaic project – what is it?  Why and who she choose to be in this project and how is has evolved?

There will be a short…  

Q & A about Drums and Mosaic

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Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble October 12 Workshop at the Brink 6-7pm facilitated by local Latin Jazz musician and bandleader Tony Castaneda

On October 12 Madison Music Collective is hosting the AMAZING… Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble  check them out here:

 IMW & MMC invites all experience level Latin Jazz Musicians to come and participate in a workshop learning about the music of CALJE and getting to perform with CALJE musicians. 

6-7 FREE WORKSHOP -Lead by Tony Castaneda- Come ready to hear about the music and ask questions.

ALSO come with your instruments and voices to perform and interact with CALJE.


Concert info below:


Madison Music Collective , Mad Toast Live, the Improvisational Music Workshop, Vom Fass, Ward-Brodt Music, Liliana’s, Isthmus, WORT-FM, and The Brink Lounge

proudly present… JAZZ ON A SUNDAY featuring: 


The Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) is regarded as the new and innovative force on the Latin Jazz scene. With a global sound, this band represents Afro-Cuban jazz, as well as music from all of Latin America. CALJE delivers captivating performances and high energy. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI
Concert: 3:00-5:00 PM
Improvisational Music Workshop: 6:00-7:00 PM

General public: $15.00 advance, $18.00 at the door
Students with ID, Members of Madison Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society:
$10.00 advance, $15.00 at the door
Workshop Admission: Free


or purchase at the door on day-of-show

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Pat Mallinger Quartet Bops IMW

Come out for the IMW this week and hear Pat play with his Wisconsin trio. IMW will interview Pat to hearing about his approach to music making and improvisation and then — you — the musicians in the audience will get to hit with Pat and the band. Come ready with ideas and questions and a musical mind and heart open to learn more.
 Pat Mallinger

Concert: 3-5 pm
Improvisational Music Workshop: 6-7 pm

General Public:
$15 in advance;
$18 at the door

Madison Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society members, Students with ID:
$10 in advance;
$15 at the door

Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger

Pat Mallinger (saxophone, flute), Jim Erickson (keyboard), Jeff Hamman (bass), and Todd Howell (drums)

Sunday, September 14

The Brink Lounge

701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI

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Come join us to help Fund our 2014-15 MMC season collaboration June 19th and have FUN doing it!!!

The MMC also invites you to An Intimate Evening with Richard Davis, Thursday, June 19, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Madison Opera Center. This is the MMC BIG yearly fundrasier great food, drink and sweet jazz company!

An Intimate Evening with Richard Davis and Willie Pickens


If you’d like an invitation contact the event chair, Sue Peterson, at: or call: 608-332-5516

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Spring overview: Marquis Hill, John Thulin and Christian Howes groups

Marquis Hill 5 croppedMarquis Hill (trumpet) CHRIS McBRIDE (alto sax)JUSTIN THOMAS (vibes)JOSHUA RAMOS (bass)MAKAYA McCRAVEN (drums)
These young men are so energetic, bright and generous with their musical gifts. This group was pure pleasure to work with. They shared things about their music which was so basic yet profound. They did GREAT job of showing musical examples that the audience at every level of understanding was hanging with them. The fluidity and connection of Chris and Marquis was remarkably intuitive. During the session we spoke about that and they modeled several examples and then asked audience members to give it a try. The whole band was smart.. from the way they dressed to their posture, from using solid technique to pushing the limits.
john thulin
John Thulin (piano), JEFF HAMANN (bass), BRIAN RITTER (drums)
This trio was grooving, conversational and delightfully harmonic. The essence of this trio was all about longtime musical relationships and listening. These talented and experineced musicians are generous and downright unassuming. We talked about what makes their ensemble special and John really could not articulate it because it was so much an extension of his own playing he could not seperate it out. John is an amazing accompanist to the other musicians solos, which is very rare in a piano lead trio. great session with lots of audience interaction.
Christian Howes (violin)Vijay Tellis-Nayak (keyboard) Rich Stitzel (drums) Christian could be a 1 man show and sometime in the future i would love to hear him do a solo show, few artists are able to pull that off but he could. Christian has mastered the use of his looper and creates some compositions that balance on the loop he creates. Christian performed with Vijay Tellis-Nayak on keyboard and Rich Stitzel on drums who are high level great musicians but the group needed more rehearsal. They played together very well and would have been much more cohesive toward the end of a month tour together. Rich and Christian spoke intelligently about the ensemble and what it takes to make Howes music special. Rich a very colorful and melodic drummer has some gems he shared and showed us. The high point of the workshop was when there were 5 violinists on stage and Christian lead them in a song building the groove and accompaniment together with each violinist taking a solo. It was clear that Christian is an amazing educator by the way he lead that piece making sure everyone on stage was comfortable, confident and successful.

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Jazz Violinist: Christian Howes Trio with Hamilton Hardin and Cedric Easton This Sunday, April 13

This will be a treat for string players of all types. Please come to hear the MMC sponsored concert but more importantly bring your instrument willingness to learn and interact with this GREAT band as they share the stage with you for the IMW this month.

Christian Howes
christian howes
with Hamilton Hardin (keyboards) and Cedric Easton (drums)
Sunday, April 13
Concert: 3-5 pm
Improvisational Music Workshop: 6-7 pm
@ The Brink Lounge
701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI

Jazz violinist, educator, and producer Christian Howes grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he studied classically from the age of five, performing as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16 and later receiving his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Ohio State University.
At age twenty, a “cultural intervention” occurred when Christian had the opportunity to perform at regular gospel church services. “Playing in the gospel church services influenced me to change musical directions. The experience was so different from the classical music world; it felt fresh and inspiring. It became my mission to become a violinist with a strong voice in jazz.” Since his shift 21 years ago, he has gained great notoriety from critics and players alike as one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists. Christian was a favorite of the late Les Paul, with whom he worked for 11 years. Says Christian of his mentor, “Les defied categorization in terms of age or genre. His character, approach to life, and musicianship taught me many valuable lessons.” From 2001-2010 Howes become an in-demand violinist on the New York scene, collaborating with a bevy of top shelf jazz artists, including Greg Osby, D.D. Jackson, Frank Vignola, Joel Harrison, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Samuels, Spyro Gyra, and a 4-year chair in Bill Evans’ “Soulgrass” band.
In 2013, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ “2012 Expanded Critics Poll“. In August 2011, Christian was ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. He was a nominee for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year” in 2011. In 2012, he received the Residency Partnership from Chamber Music America for his work in outreach with orchestral education programs. He regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a leader of his own groups and a soloist with orchestras. Says All About Jazz, ”as a jazz violinist he has no peer.” The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian “arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz.” According to the Chicago Reader, “Not since Jean Luc Ponty has a violinist ranged from pure classical to fuzz-tone rock to convincing jazz with such authority.”
After releasing a string of independently released CDs as a leader, he signed with Resonance Records in 2008 and released two critically acclaimed CDs. The first, “Heartfelt,” featuring pianist Roger Kellaway, features ballads and lyrical works. “Out of the Blue” released in 2010 features guitarist Robben Ford, and demonstrates a wide range of modern and traditional sensibilities, steeped in the blues.
Rich was trained in drums & percussion at the prestigious University of
North Texas from 1990 to 1995 where he studied with Ed Soph, Mike
Drake, and Rich MacDonald. While in Texas Rich found himself in live
and studio situations with many world class artists including Andy
Timmons (Olivia Newton John), Keith Carlock (Sting, Steely Dan),
Aden Bubeck (Miranda Lambert), Bill Ham (Cher), Lou Carfa (Maynard
Furgeson), and many, many others.
Rich has given master classes, clinics, and taught music camps all
over the country. He is the author of a four-way independence book
“Directions In Drumming”, and has put out two solo cdʼs of original
compositions. Rich is also a teaching artist for Raviniaʼs “reach, teach,
and play” outreach program where he visits the Chicago Public
Elementary Schools and teaches jazz & classical music to K-3 grade.
Rich has always kept a very busy performing, recording, and touring
career. He has toured throughout the United States, as well as
internationally including Mexico, Canada, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey,
Egypt, and Sinai. He has worked with many artists in all genres
including legendary soulstress Mary Wilson of the Supremes 2002, the
Grammy nominated rocker Cathy Richardson (Jefferson Starship)
2004-2009, guitar genius Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger) 2004-2009,
Platinum selling & Grammy winning country superstar Miranda
Lambert 2007, jazz violin whiz Christian Howes (Les Paul Trio, Bill
Evans) 2001, superstar saxman Cornelius Bumpus (Steely Dan,
Doobie Brothers) 2001, world music songstress/blues diva Anne Harris
(Otis Taylor, Jefferson Starship) 2004-present, transcendent folk/
country artist Ernie Hendrickson (2008 – present), as well as a plethora
of equally amazing artists from all over the country, and countless
world class musicians for recording & live work.
Vijay’s began playing piano at the age of five. His musical
acclaim began early, winning local piano competitions. Starting at
ten years old, he won the Eastern Illinois University Young
Composers Contest three years in a row, garnering national
attention for his orchestral compositions. He continued studying
music and began performing professionally in high school on
piano and guitar. He attended Northwestern University on
scholarship from the Oak Park Arts Alliance and received a
bachelors degree in Music Technology in 1997. During that time,
he studied recording arts as well as jazz and classical piano,
composition, music theory and communication studies. In 1999
Vijay received his masters degree from Northwestern University’s
Communication Studies department. During undergraduate
studies, Vijay began performing with Chris Clemente and Chris
Siebold in what would become “Kick the Cat”.
In addition to currently being a member of Kick the Cat, Ernie
Denov’s “Bad Dog U”, Nicholas Barron Hyperactive, Band of
Joes, Frank Catalano Group, and Louis Stockwell Organ
Quartet, Vijay has performed with Fareed Haque Group, Orbert
Davis, Bill Quateman, Street Dancer, Luis Ewerling’s Acor do
Brasil, the national tours of The Lion King and Wicked, Sumo,
Kalyan Pathak’s Jayho Jazzmata, Tributosaurus, Brother
Brother, Mike Ferro’s Townsound, Funk House, Ross Bon and
too many others to name.
In addition to performing, Vijay also is one of the owners of the
celebrated Chicago recording studio Curried Bagel Recording

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