Hello Whitehorse Middle School musicians!

This is a beginning, I’d like to introduce myself, I’m Laurie Lang bassist and composer and a musician coming to do a jazz residency with you and your orchestra. I’d like to invite all Whitehorse String kids to dialog with me as i work on jazz charts for the tunes we’ll play together and some with just a professional group.

You are welcome to ask questions here or give me ideas to make the arrangements better.

Our Tunes will be:

C Jam blues (in the key of D)

My Favorites Things – in E minor (modal)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

and a free improv tune that we’ll play together.

Here is a photo of my family. We have a band, my 2 girls both started on violin but now 1 plays mandolin, ukulele, guitar, saxophone and trumpet and the other ukulele, piano and some drums. My husband plays sax and harmonicas and we all sing pretty well.


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December 15 – Whitehorse Middle School String Jazz

Jon Vriesaker, Chris Wagoner, Mary Gaines, John Becker and Laurie Lang will join with the students of Jessica Wahl at Whitehorse Middle school for a great couple days of fun and improvisation traveling from Duke Ellington Blues to John Coltrane Modal and free jazz.

Watch for more about this!

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John Becker

John Becker

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Tuesday, May 31 & August 2, 5:30-9pm

Tuesday, August 2nd At Lilliana’s

Laurie Lang Calendar

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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