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.

Find out more and/or donate to:  Madison Jazz Jam

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

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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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Session 5/5 – Last Summer OMJ/MJJ workshop

Summer OMJ Session #5: Wednesday, August 28:  Workshop 4-6pm & Jam 6:30-9pm 

WORKSHOP 4:00 – 6:00pm – Educator: Rick Flowers  (drummer/multi-instrumentalist)https://www.facebook.com/rick.flowers1

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Theme of the Day: It’s All about GROOVE!

WORKSHOP 4:00 – 6:00pm ($25 fee: includes group lesson & dinner, located in the upstairs room at Common Ground Middleton) Pay online here: Workshop fee or in check or cash the day of. 

What to expect in this session: Rick will teach about “groove”, how to make a melody or rhythm groove, how to “lock – in” with other musicians, how “dancing” helps to feel the direction and energy of the music. This is gonna be a fun one!

Bring your voice and/or instrument. If you play keys or drums bring a small keyboard or melodica, hand drum or snare and cymbal would be helpful.  

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6:20 PM Showcase –  a performance of what was learned in the workshop will happen sometime during this hour if you want to invite people to hear you perform and hang out.

6:30-9PM JAZZ JAM– FREE & open to all in Main room at Common Ground (There is no charge for the jam– open to all and no need to register ahead of time, come for 30 minutes or the whole session, bring the whole family or come alone—we need an audience to buy food and drink to make this a successful event) There is a sign up sheet near the front for all who would be interested in performing. 

For weekly updates follow this blog: https://improvmusicworkshop.wordpress.com/

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OMJ is merging with:  Madison Jazz Jam (new site is under construction)  

More about the Workshop

$25 fee for the Group Jazz Lesson & Dinner with Jazz friends.

Pay online here: Workshop fee Price includes instruction & dinner.

This will be a safe and fun atmosphere to learn more about jazz and improvising. If $25 fee is more than you can afford, PLEASE ask for sliding scale price and/or full scholarship.  (text: laurie at 608-332-1408)

 

 

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OMJ Summer Session 4/5 -Wednesday, August 14- Workshop: 4-6pm Jam: 6:30-9pm

Session 4, August 14, 4-6pm, Wednesday

Workshop Educator:  Lynette Margulies (vocal/vocal & instrumental improvisation) https://www.facebook.com/lynette.margulies

Lynette will explore using your “voice” and how to find your spot in a jazz combo. She will teach tools for listening and “locking-in” with your accompaniment and improvisation. This will be a very fun and easy way to find your voice with others. All you need is your “voice” (might be an instrument or your actual voice) and an attitude to have some fun with music. 

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SIGN UP NOW:

2019 OMJ Workshop, Jam and Showcase – Summer Group Jazz Improvisation Lessons

4-6pm, Wednesdays at Common Ground & 6-9 Showcase & Jam

 For weekly updates follow this blog: https://improvmusicworkshop.wordpress.com/

Also Follow Our Middleton Jazz Jam on:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OMJJam/ 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ourmiddletonjazzjam/

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SUMMER WEDNESDAY FORMAT 

WORKSHOP 4:00 – 6:00pm 

What to expect in each session: (located upstairs room at Common Ground Middleton)

Bring your voice and/or instrument. If you play keys or drums bring a small keyboard or melodica, hand drum or snare and cymbal.

  • Warm-ups: a variety of long tones, scales, arpeggios, call & response, maybe listen to a featured recording, discussion and ear training with instruments and/or voice
  • Learning the melody and harmony of selected tune
  •  “hands on” playing/learning to improvise in the jazz experience 
  • learning from “well-seasoned” professional jazz musicians and educators

6-6:30 PM Showcase performance of featured song ~(10-15 song with all participants soloing) and then showcase students that want to perform solos, duos, and trio pieces, while everyone enjoys CG  Dinner together with jazz friends (hang out with your friends and eat a dinner provided by Common Ground, included in the session fee)

6:30 -9PM JAM– FREE & open to all

Houseband for the Jam: Lynette -vocals, Jane Reynolds – piano, John Becker – drums, Laurie Lang – bass

in Main room at Common Ground (There is no charge for the jam– open to all and no need to register ahead of time, come for 30 minutes or the whole session, bring the whole family or come alone—we need an audience to buy food and drink to make this a successful event) 

4-6pm : Summer Group Jazz Improvisation Lessons (Located at the upper room at Common Ground Middleton)

$25 fee for the Group Jazz Lesson & Dinner with Jazz friends.

Price includes instruction & dinner.

This will be a safe and fun atmosphere to learn more about jazz and improvising. If $25 fee is more than you can afford, PLEASE ask for sliding scale price and/or full scholarship.  (text: laurie at 608-332-1408)

Pay in advance (before June 26) and get a discount:

https://www.laurielangmusic.com/education.shtml

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