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.
Referred to by many as “The One Man Band,” Hamilton Hardin is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/music producer that has traveled the world playing a wide range of genres with artists such as The Pharez Whitted Quintet, Kirk Whalum, Derek Gardner, Christian Howes, Jonathan Dunn, Macio Parker, Kelley Hunt, Conya Doss, Lisa McClendon, Ingrid Rosario, Myron Walden, Tia Fuller, Mark Lomax & Blacklisted Music, Marlin Jordan, Shawn Jones, The Kim Pensyl Quartet, John Blackwell, The Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, and many others.
From the moment Cedric Easton could walk, he was playing the drums. At the age of 4, Easton began playing in church and won his first regional music competition at age 8 through the FOX KIDS television network.
In his junior year of high school, while attendant the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Performing Arts High School in Columbus, Ohio, Easton began his formal study of the drum set, including basic rudiments and music reading. His teachers included Dan Thress, Jim Maneri, and Jeff McCargish. As a senior, Easton successfully auditioned for the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra, his first experience with the art form.
After graduation, Cedric began performing professionally with the Bobby Floyd Trio and other jazz ensembles, including the Matt Adams Quartet and Chad Eby Trio. He has also had the opportunity to perform with internationally recognized jazz musicians such as Wes Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, and Kenny Banks, Sr.
While Cedric has been immersed in the music of jazz, he has always stuck with this instrumental roots in gospel music, and has had the opportunity to perform with nationally recognized gospel artists suck as Detrick Haddon, Dorinda Clark Cole, and Marvin Sapp.
Currently a resident of Columbus, Ohio, Cedric performs with national recording artist Christian Howes. Additionally, he serves as musical director of the New Covenant Believer’s Church and is a faculty member of the Jazz Arts group’s Jazz Academy.

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MARQUIS HILL BLACKTET Creates a Sound with YOU! February 9th


Wanna create a purposeful sound? Want to play like a poet? come join in and get inspired by Marcus Hill and his band –

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Improvisational Music Workshop: 6:00-7:00 PM


Chicago’s Hottest Jazz Quintet



MARQUIS HILL on Trumpet  http://www.marquishill.com/ 










Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI

Concert: 3:00-5:00 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

Purchase tickets at 

http://www.thebrinklounge.com/music-events-schedule/page_offset:1/action:agenda/time_limit:1391829301/ (scroll down to Feb. 9)

 or purchase at the door on day-of-show




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Fall 2013 – Jazz on a Sunday series with MMC and Madtoast Live

In September:

Jackie Allen and Hans Sturm Band with Dane Richeson, drums and John Moulder, guitar  http://www.jackieallen.com/


This IMW was especially interesting with the combination of vocalists and instrumentalists that participated in the music making. Jackie’s band has so much layering and a spontaneous improvisational aspect few vocalists have in their bands. It was exciting to see the audience member musicians take the stage and interact with these world class musicians, the results were exciting and fresh.




In October:

Tony Monaco on B3 Organ

http://www.b3monaco.com/ great instructional material at this website!


WOW! WHAT a show and what a great groovy, jazzy wonderful feeling was in the room with Tony!

When musicians took the stage with Tony he made everyone be at ease and quickly got the place grooving and feeling good with players at every level. Had to be there …. it was SWEET!

In December:

Ray Rideout Quartet – Paul Hastil- keys, Jim Huwe – drums, John Mesoloras – bass


GREAT swinging, grooving CONCERT and IWM did not happen due to snowy weather.

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Carmen Lundy Residency in June 2013

Stuff has been happening but IMW has gotten behind in writing about the things happening. 

During Carmen Lundy‘s residency in June Imagethe workshops in partnership with the Madison Music Collective were amazing. 40 + people got to sing in the choir directed by Carmen Lundy, Leotha and Tamera Stanley. The choir had a successful performance at the annual Isthmus Jazz Fest with a large audience. The workshop for singers and instrumentalists was highly insightful and took everyone up a notch or 2. 


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All-Star Jazz & Gospel Festival Choir Workshop & Performance… lead by national artist Carmen Lundy and local artists Leotha and Tamera Stanley

All-Star Jazz & Gospel Festival Choir Workshop & Performance

June 13-21, 2013

Program Leaders 

  • World-class jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist Carmen Lundy, the headline performer at this year’s Isthmus Jazz Festival
  • Iconic Madison gospel musicians Leotha and Tamera Stanley

Program Design

Carmen Lundy

  • Under Carmen Lundy’s direction, and using one of her original compositions and arrangements, participants will learn how to craft a jazz vocal sound by refining color, shape, groove, and mood.
  • Under Leotha and Tamera Stanley’s direction, and using an original composition of Mr. Stanley’s, participants will learn techniques of gospel singing in the traditional manner, as the song is taught without any written music and stylized to create the gospel sound.
  • After rehearsals and the workshop session, the choir will perform both compositions before a live audience at the 2013 Isthmus Jazz Festival.
  • To maximize their learning, participants will be expected to individually prepare their parts for each composition prior to the workshop.

When and Where

  • Rehearsal: Thursday, June 13, 6:30-9pm, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street, Madison
  • Workshop: Thursday, June 20, 6:30 -9:30pm, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2019 Fisher Street, Madison
  • Performance: Friday, June 21, 6 pm, UW Memorial Union Terrace

Participant Application and Selection Process

  • Madison area choirs and choral groups will send selected members and/or directors to represent their group.


  • $25 per person, payable in advance
  • Scholarships are available

Registration Process

  • Complete the registration form (request form and copies of songs at laurielang@tds.net)  and send it, with your fee (check payable to “Madison Music Collective”), to Laurie Lang, 3014 Dianne Drive, Middleton, WI 53562 or pay by PayPal by donating $25 at  http://madisonmusiccollective.org/support.shtml and attaching your registration form to an email directed to laurielang@tds.net.  Registrations will be accepted through day’s end, Thursday, June 6, 2013.

For more workshop information:  Contact Laurie Lang, (608) 833-2200, laurielang@tds.net

For more about Carmen Lundy



Madison Music Collective, PO Box 2096, Madison, WI53701-2096


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Coming soon: “Carmen Lundy Jazz Ahead” A Madison Showcase and Workshop, June 21, 2013

                     Jazz Ahead: Madison Showcase and Workshop

June 21, 2013

“Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead” is the KennedyCenter’s prestigious international jazz residency, performance and composition program that brings together outstanding, emerging jazz artist-composers in their mid-teens to age 25 for tutelage by an outstanding faculty of jazz artist-educators who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing, and arranging skills.  Carmen Lundy, the headline performer at this year’s Isthmus Jazz Festival, has served as a “Jazz Ahead” faculty member for many years.  As part of her upcoming visit to Madison, she will distill the “Jazz Ahead” model into a half-day workshop for a group of emerging jazz musicians of all ages.


About the Program Leader  

Carmen Lundy is a world-class jazz vocalist.  Her expertise goes beyond her jazz and operatic vocal techniques, as she is also an esteemed composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist.  Ms. Lundy has managed the near-impossible feat of maintaining a 30+ year career with mostly self-penned material.  She has recorded 12 CDs as a leader, and has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries like Ray Barretto, Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Geri Allen, Robert Glasper and the late Kenny Kirkland.  For more about Carmen Lundy, visit www.carmenlundy.com/?page=about and view videos of her in performance at www.carmenlundy.com/videos.

Program Design

  • Phase I: The Showcase (Noon – 2 PM).  In the showcase, each soloist or group will perform one of three pre-selected compositions by Ms. Lundy, using their own approach and arrangement.  Participants will prepare by studying and rehearsing their chosen Lundy composition prior to the program day, with charts and mp3 files provided in advance by Madison Music Collective.  Each soloist or group will receive encouragement, constructive and instructive feedback from Ms. Lundy and her pianist, Anthony Wonsey.  The Showcase will be conducted before an audience of outside observers, i.e., anyone who would enjoy and benefit from observing such a special clinic.
  • Phase 2: The Creative Workshop (2:00 – 4:00 PM).  The workshop will be an exploratory time directed by Ms. Lundy and Mr. Wonsey, in which participants will experiment using the 3 prepared Lundy compositions. All participants will be ready to play or listen during this session.  Lundy and Wonsey will call forth various combinations of instruments/vocalists to play with style, mood, sound, arrangement ideas, color, and wherever else the spirit takes them. It will be a time musical investigation into new territories of creativity.

When and Where

  • Friday, June 21, 2013, Noon – 4:00 PM, OvertureCenter for the Arts, Rotunda Stage (lower level)


  • $25 per person, payable in advance
  • Scholarships are available

Madison Music Collective, PO Box 2096, Madison, WI53701-2096


Participant Application and Selection Process

  • We invite only serious students and emerging jazz artists (young, old, and in-between) who want to expand their approach to music making and creating.  Enrollment is limited to a total of 40 participants.
  • Prospective participants must complete and submit the application (request form and copies of songs at laurielang@tds.net) and submit it with their fee (check payable to “Madison Music Collective”) to workshop coordinator Laurie Lang by day’s end Friday, June 7, 2013.
  • Musicians may apply as a solo musician, or in duos or trios.
  • Applications may be submitted electronically to laurielang@tds.net or mailed to 3014 Dianne Drive, Middleton, WI53562.  Either way, applications must be received by day’s end Friday, June 7, 2013.
  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Wednesday, June 12, 2013, and those who are not accepted will have their application fee refunded.

For more workshop information:  Contact Laurie Lang, (608) 833-2200, laurielang@tds.net

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IMW – hosted Fearless Improviser: Hanah Jon Taylor – April 14

It was rainy, cold and damp outside but inside “Jazz on a Sunday” Hosted by MMC, MTL and The Brink Lounge had a warm and inviting feast of improvised, exploratory, musical food served by Hanah Jon Taylor and his group (listed below).

IMW had fun interviewing the group about the music making they had just done and inviting several musicians to the stage to join Hanah’s group in experimenting a bit more.

Thanks to GREAT musicians with generous hearts to share their creative voices in words and sounds!!!

Hanah jon Taylor



“Hanah Jon Taylor lives and breathes the history of creative improvised music….Taylor has internalized the jazz tradition and carved his niche as a composer, bandleader, and fearless improviser.”  Chris DuPré

Hanah Jon Taylor is arguably the preeminent saxophonist and flutist in Madison jazz and a leading catalyst, organizer and educator in inter-arts programming. Taylor was founder and director of The Madison Center for the Creative and Cultural Arts, which offered concerts and multi-arts classes.  Taylor also directed Freedom Fest, which presented such world-class performers as Archie Shepp, Sonny Fortune, Richard Davis, Cecil McBee, Edward Wilkerson, acclaimed Chicago singer Dee Alexander, and Corey Wilkes and Roscoe Mitchell of the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Mr. Taylor has appeared with songwriter/folk artist Richie Havens, percussionist Steve McCall, the Colson Unity Troupe, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, pianist Jobic LeMasson, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, bassists Rafael Garrett and Malachi Favors, and the Great Black Music Ensemble of Chicago.

Taylor moved to Madison years ago from Chicago and has been a long-time member of the influential Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). He has performed worldwide with musicians ranging from Woodstock-famous singer-songwriter Richie Havens to Nina Simone, Miles Davis, and many of the AACM’s leading lights. Taylor has a substantial reputation in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  Today Taylor is a music professor at the Madison Media Institute.


Percussionist Dushun Mosley, is based in Chicago, has toured extensively as a soloist, in duets, trios and big bands. He has been called upon to do numerous engagements in social clubs, music halls and festivals in cities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and Japan. These performances have contributed to his distinguished reputation as a forerunner in this generation of innovators. His style is Traditional Jazz, Blues and Funk in a combo band setting, but feels equally at home pushing big bands and Orchestras’ to their limit.


Alex is a guitarist, bassist, oudist and creative musician living on the South side of Chicago.  He has his B.A. in music from The University of Chicago.  Alex joined IMW in 2010 and has taught at Taylor Park, Fuller Park, CICS Northtown and CICS Bucktown,  He also teaches with the Hyde Park Suzuki Institute, as well as privately.  He plays with artists including David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Paul Hartsaw, Avreeayl Ra, MOSAIK, and the Middle East Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago.


Jim Baker of Chicago is an exciting keyboardist who has jammed with some of the best in the world, from Chicago flautist and bandleader Nicole Mitchell to Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, of Massachusetts.

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