Our Middleton Jazz Jam @ The Stamm house Wednesday, Nov. 15 6:30 -9pm

1847 at the Stamm House


Wednesday nights 6:30 – 9pm     Professional musicians with MHS Students and friends


6:30 to 7:30 pm

Enjoy a showcase “mini-concert” by: The House Band or an MHS Combo or selected group/soloist


7:30 to 9 pm

Come and sit in…. we’ll always jam on the blues and other tunes– bring your instrument or voice and your favorite songs to jam on. Bring lots of friends, too!


Get these dates on your calendar:

Nov. 15 – Funky and Latin jazz Favorites

Dec. 6 – Miles Davis songs

Dec. 20 – Swinging Holiday songs

Jan. 3 – New Year New Compositions (originals and songs of living composers)

Jan. 17 – Songs You Love (bring your favorite songs to perform and improvise on)


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All School Concert and Kids Improvised


Music Teacher, Rhonda Chalone really shared in the fun by scatting into the microphone and then having many spontaneous soloists in the elementary school audience/choir.

All the kids sang the melodies to the music of Duke Ellington’s C-Jam Blues and a John Coltrane’s modal jazz version of My Favorite Things which they had learned the week before and had the opportunity to do some call and response scat in each of their classes.

Musicians: (L-R) Rhonda Chalone,  Jim Erickson, Dan Wallach, Jan Wheaton, Laurie Lang, Cliff Frederiksen, and Chris Sandoval gave a concert performance featuring the music of many jazz greats. There was also a funny and charming  performance by several of the classroom teachers using puppets to act out a jazzy storybook about a scatting jazz fly.


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Huegel Scats and Hits New Heights with the Jazz Fly in October



Performance will feature :

The Students of Huegel – group vocals

Rhonda Chalone – music teacher, pianist & story teller

Chris Sandoval- drums, The Jazz Fly

Laurie Lang  – Artist in Residence, Bassist and Willie the Worm

Dan Wallach – Saxophones and Nancy the Gnat

Jan Wheaton – vocals and Scat singer

Cliff Frederiksen – vocals, scat singer and guitarist

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October 2017 Huegel Elementary Bebops Jazz Scat

Rhonda Chalone and Laurie Lang will work together to share some great vocal improvising with the students at Huegel. More to come.



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Jefferson Middle School Strings Jazz it Up

Laurie will be working with Ms. Carol Jenkins and her amazing 6-8 graders at Jefferson Middle School November 2017. More to come! 

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March 1-8 Jazz Residency At Sauk Trail

Laurie Lang & John Becker teaching improvisation to the little jazz kids. 

Sauk Trail students will have an opportunity to interact with professional jazz musicians on Wednesday, March 8 thanks to two grants.

The Madison Jazz Society and the District’s Global Initiative Grant project provided funding for Sauk Trial to have an have an all-school jazz and world music assembly with four professional musicians and special guests from Sauk Trail performing with music teacher John Becker.

Some students will have the chance to “sit in” with the band as jazz vocalists and improvisers. Before the afternoon assembly bassist Laurie Lang Croasdale of Middleton is doing jazz workshops with Becker for each classroom, kindergarten through fiourth grade.

In addition to the jazz artists-in-residence, Sauk Trail students have also had the chance to work with classical musicians from the Madison Symphony in connection with their “Up Close and Musical” program, as well as with hip-hop dancers through a grant from the MCPASD Education Foundation.

“I am very grateful to all of these funding organizations for bringing these performing artists educators directly to our Sauk Trail students,” Becker said.

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So many great high school jazz bassists!

Saturday. Feb 17, I had the opportunity to dig into the blues with 15 amazing young bass players from 7 different Wisconsin schools at Regional Essentially Ellington.

I wish i would have taken a photo. 🙂


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