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: 



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


Film Showing: in Conjunction with the Madison Jazz Society


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)


“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.


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.


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”


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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