Tuesday, May 31 & August 2, 5:30-9pm

Tuesday, August 2nd At Lilliana’s

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John Vitale- guitar, 12809505_10204940490105842_8231330705010340560_nMarilyn Fisher-vocal/percussion 11225452_10153280950303693_5726894765932609595_oand Laurie Lang – bass violin425916_3162005402528_1784289446_n, will warm you with their swinging, grooving, improvising delights.

This group has that Ella Fitzgerald, Jim Hall, Ray Brown kind of groove and feel. If this music does not make you feel good, a free beer on us.:)

The food is amazing! GREAT outing for the Tuesday night Blues.

Join us at Lillianas, Tuesday May 31, 5:30 -9pm

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Saturday night, June25, 8:15pm

At Fountain of Life Church, Badger Road, 8:15pm Becca May Grant and the Rivers of Madison will perform a home court concert for their church folk and other Madison community folk who want to come j…

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Sauk Trail Elementary Jams

MJS-Logo_Web1On June 1st the Madison Jazz Society sponsors the John Becker Quintet and The Sauk Trail fearless elementary wolves in learning more about Jazz and how to jam and sing jazz with professional jazz musicians:   Laurie Lang – bass, Sally de Broux – vocals, Chris Sandoval – drums and Chris Wagoner – violin.

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Jazz Residency Reviewed

Glen Stevens Elementary School Jazz Residency

With Jazz Musician, Laurie Lang and Music Teacher, Regina Haugen

October 2 – 9, 2015

Last week, 500 kids felt the vibrations of the bass violin “up close and personal,” as each student had the “hands on” opportunity to play the magical Super Hooper, while he was visiting Stevens with Ms. Lang during this elementary jazz residency sponsored by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium. They learned about how jazz swings, by moving and grooving their bodies. They sang the blues and wrote some blues to get out their sad feelings. They improvised notes and words, scatting over the rhythm changes song form. They learned about and learned to sing several jazz standard songs: C Jam Blues (Ellington), I Got Rhythm (Gershwin), My Favorite Things (Rodgers & Hammerstein, jazz version: Coltrane), Over the Rainbow (Arlen & Harburg). They experienced how the music swings in varying time signatures, 4/4, 3/4, and 5/4. The whole week ended in an all school concert where various grade levels performed by singing and playing string instruments and with a 5-piece professional jazz band; lead by Ms. Lang on bass, and including Jan Wheaton, vocals; Jon Vriesacker, violin; Jim Erickson, piano; Chris Sandoval, drums.

The music teacher, Ms. Haugen and jazz musician Ms. Lang began their planning in the spring before the previous school year ended. Ms. Lang visited the classroom to observe and interact with Ms. Haugen in her classroom environment. They created a plan for the beginning of the new school year, to kick off the year with lessons leading up to the jazz residency. Ms. Haugen incorporated jazz listening, learning jazz songs and jazz vocabulary into her normal lesson plans for September. Lang and Haugen tighten up the plans in early September to make the residency successful in reaching the children with more than just a one time exposure to jazz but to really experience it from several dimensions having language to embrace the improvisational concepts.

When Ms. Lang arrived for the week of jazz, the children were able participate with singing the blues and improvising scat singing with the jazz musicians. While all the children participated in “call and response” types of jazz improvisation as a group, several were able to voluntarily come to the front of the class and work freely with Diva Jan, Jazzy Jim and Ms. Laurie, demonstrating trading measures of improvisation both vocally and some even on the piano. There was lots of large motor moving to the music and stories about famous jazz musicians and jazz music. One brave 2nd grade student even volunteered to help read a picture book with many challenging jazzy words.

In the concert, the jazz quintet and whole school performed the jazz standards together, while the 2nd – 5th grade classes were each featured by coming to the front to perform from their song from the risers with Ms. Haugen conducting. Beginning 5th grade string musicians got to play their instruments on C –Jam blues and the jazz quintet demonstrated improvised solos on every tune. The whole event was fun, crazy, improvised and well planned to make a great jazz experience for everyone.

 

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November 21, 11am -Saturday: John Becker and Laurie Lang at Middleton Library- Kids Program

IMG_1575On November 21, Saturday at 11am: John Becker and Laurie Lang will perform jazz music, stories and magic at Middleton Library-a Family and Kids Program.

John Becker : composer, elementary music teacher extraodinaire, professional multi-instrumental jazz musician and Laurie Lang: bassist, composer, kid friendly, motherly type jazz musician oxymoron of a lady of groovy music will perform jazz music together at the Middleton Library doing a show of songs, stories, sing-a-long, improvisation, magic tricks and other fun.

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June 19, Friday: Madison Music Collective Workshops at the Isthmus Jazz Festival

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7-9pm “George Russell’s Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction”

Advanced Jazz Improvisation Lecture, Performance and Workshop

Jim Erickson, Laurie Lang and John Becker

George Russell was a jazz musician and music theorist whose book, ” The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation” was revolutionary in the art of jazz improvisation. His four directions or dimensions explain all melodies that have ever been written or ever could be written. This workshop will examine each of these dimensions, using examples drawn from the distinctive styles of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. All instruments and vocalists are welcome and encouraged to participate in this session. A full-blown jam session caps this workshop and ends the evening festivities.

Jim Erickson (presenter and piano), Laurie Lang (bass) and John Becker (drums)

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June 19-20th the Madison Music Collective Presents 6 EXCELLENT Jazz Education programs FREE for the Community

Isthmus Jazz Festival Program

for the

Fredric March Play Circle Theater

Presented by the: 

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Friday:  

7-9pm “George Russell’s Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction”

Advanced Jazz Improvisation Lecture, Performance and Workshop

George Russell was a jazz musician and music theorist whose book, ” The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation” was revolutionary in the art of jazz improvisation. His four directions or dimensions explain all melodies that have ever been written or ever could be written. This workshop will examine each of these dimensions, using examples drawn from the distinctive styles of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. All instruments and vocalists are welcome and encouraged to participate in this session. A full-blown jam session caps this workshop and ends the evening festivities.

Jim Erickson and Company

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Film Showing: in Conjunction with the Madison Jazz Society

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9-11pm “The Girls In The Band” This movie features a documentary style history of Women in Jazz. Will be followed by a discussion and/or Q & A June Dalton of Ladies Must Swing (LMS) Band and Linda Marty Schmitz, President of the Madison Jazz Society (MJS)

Saturday:

“Kids Program” for kids of all ages, performed by a youth ensemble

on the Memorial Union Terrace

11am – 12:30pm Black Star Drum Line “Teach Me How To Drum Line”
 

Joey B. Banks

Black Star Drum Line, famous for their “street beats. “Teach Me How To Drum Line” is a look into what it takes to be in a drum line and will give our audience a chance to interact and participate with the kids and performers on stage, and even play some drums.

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12:30 -2pm From Pop to Jazz

Did you know that many songs considered jazz were originally pop music songs?  This session will feature pop songs from different times transformed into jazz performances. Participants will discuss how the jazz interpretations are similar to and different from the original pop versions of the songs. Whether you are new to jazz or a longtime fan this session will be easy to listen to and understand.

Performance/discussion

2:30 -4pm “The Masters of Jazz Violin”

The violin does not get much attention in the forefront of jazz and yet at it’s roots and all the way through, strings have been a vital part of jazz history.

“Lecture, performance and Q&A/workshop for those interested in learning more.”

Chris Wagoner and The Stellanovas”

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4:30-5:30 Freddie Cole Stories  – Q & A

Play Circle
Friday, June 19 Activity Name
7:00-9:00pm George Russel Class
9:00-11:00 Girls in the Band: Film Showing
Saturday, June 20 Group/Activity Name
11:00am-12:00pm Joey Banks Drumline – only program on the Memorial Union Terrace
12:30-2:00 Pop to Jazz Class
2:30-4:00 Masters of the Jazz Violin
4:30-5:30 Freddy Cole – Q & A
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