“How to successfully sit in at a Jazz Jam.” Wednesday, March 11th, 5-6pm at Common Ground preceding Madison Jazz Jam

In this session, Laurie Lang will teach how to successfully sit in at a jazz jam.

  • Please come with your instrument and/or voice
  • we will review and play around with notes you already know
  • learn to open up our ears with some call and response
  • we will keep it FUN, simple, elegant and cool!
  • At the end of this short session you will be ready to take the stage with confidence.

If you want to prepare ahead of time:

  • Learn a blues scale in Concert C: C Eb F Gb G Bb C  (Bb instruments: D F G Ab A C D,  Eb instruments A C D D# E G A)
  • Learn Duke Ellington’s C- jam blues Obviously in the Key of C (chart below)
  • Learn any other 12-bar blues melody you’d like and the blues scale in that key.

Listen here:   Duke Ellington C Jam Blues

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MJJ Workshop Feb.12, 5-6PM Paul Dietrich Modal Tunes

Paul explored soloing over modal tunes with a melodic approach. Great session.

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Creating Shapes with Matt Endres -January 8th (W), 5-6PM MJJ Workshop at Common Ground

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Dr. Matthew Endres will talk about creating overall shapes in tunes, throughout melodies and in soloing.  In the workshop, he will direct musicians to explore how to create these shapes and how to make arrival points to punctuate ends of phrases and solos. Matt is an engaging educator. He has done extensive research in jazz history and has variety of high level musical performances. He is a professor at UW-Madison.

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Dec. 11-Song for My Father w/ Tony Barba 5-6PM at Common Ground

tony BTony Barba will be teaching the Horace Silver classic “Song For My Father.” Themes explored will be an introduction to playing bossa nova/latin rhythms in the rhythm section, improvising using the blues scale in conjunction with chord tones and chord scales, and techniques for improvising over an irregular song form (AAB).

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Nov. 13 – John Christensen 5-6PM MJJ Workshop Session

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John Christensen also attended this improvisation intensive in August in NYC and he will teach from his perspective ways to approach improvisation– DON’T miss– mark your calendars for November 13 and be ready to hit and learn at 5PM sharp!

 

Dave Cooper taught part 1 on Oct 9th, after attending a 2-week improvisation intensive in New York City (SIM), would like to explore rethinking and assessing how we actually practice jazz improvisation. This will give you other ways to think of improvisation and re-ignite your practice routine. Wednesday, 5-6pm October 9th at Common Ground

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October 9, Wednesday, 5-6PM David Cooper “How to open up your improvisation and energize your practice regimen”

Dave Cooper, after attending a 2-week improvisation intensive in New York City (SIM), would like to explore rethinking and assessing how we actually practice jazz improvisation. This will give you other ways to think of improvisation and re-ignite your practice routine.

5-6PM Workshop
6-9PM Madison Jazz Jam
all at Common Ground Middleton

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David Cooper

Trumpet & Jazz Studies UW-Platteville

Madison Symphony Orchestra
Isthmus Brass
Quad

www.AllThingsTrumpet.com

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Fall MJJ Workshops 2nd Wednesdays 5-6pm at Common Ground

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Take a group lesson in jazz improvisation. OMJ has merged with Madison Jazz Jam with a new look and new energy!

The regular Jazz Jam will continue the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month from 6-9PM at Common Ground Middleton

Workshops will teach a jazz concept through a chosen song from 5-6pm in the upper room at Common Ground on September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12. Instructors will be Laurie Lang, Dave Cooper, Paul Dietrich, Tony Barba, Ben Ferris, and others.

September 11 Laurie Lang will teach about using a pedal tone for improvisation using the Thad Jones tune – “A Child Is Born” IMG_9598

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