Jazz Workshops for High School Students

With support from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, Jazz at Five is sponsoring two free interactive workshops for high school-age student musicians conducted by featured performers at this year’s Jazz at Five series.  These will include: a master class conducted by Ben Sidran on 8/22/12, Noon – 2:00 PM, and a vocal workshop […]


Johannes Wallmann, New UW-Madison School of Music Jazz Studies Director

For More Information: Richard S. Mumford, Director of Public Relations and Concert Manager, UW-Madison School of Music, (608) 263-5615, rsmumford@wisc.edu ****************************************************************************** The School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce the appointment of Johannes Wallmann as director of jazz studies, beginning in the fall of 2012.  Selected following a national search, […]

“Song Stylizing for Jazz Vocalists” — A Workshop with World-Renowned Jazz Singer Mary Stallings

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While in Madison for her Isthmus Jazz Festival headline performance, the great Mary Stallings will conduct a private workshop on Thursday, 5/31/12, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Edgewater Hotel.  Immediately following the workshop, participants are invited to perform at a public vocal showcase in the Edgewater’s Cove Lounge hosted by Madison’s own stellar jazz vocalist Gerri […]

Advice from a jazz veteran

Nick Drozdoff, a well-respected Chicago area trumpeter has thought deeply about the essential elements of a successful jazz program. He outlined these thoughts in his comment to “UW Madison looking for Jazz Professor.” We’ve copied his comment below to make sure it gets the exposure it deserves. Thanks, Nick! ****************************** I would call the music […]

First Annual MMSD High School Jazz Festival set for December 10th

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) announces the First Annual MMSD High School Jazz Festival will be held from 1:00-8:30pm on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at James Madison Memorial High School with the Festival Concert beginning at 6:30pm. The theme of this year’s educational festival is “Big Bands of 1941 – Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary”. […]

UW Madison looking for Jazz Professor

Good news for the Madison jazz scene: UW Madison is looking to hire a Jazz Studies Professor.  I suppose this could be to replace Richard Davis or Les Thimmig but my understanding is neither of them have that title. I believe Joan Wildman was the last UW Madison Jazz Studies Professor and she retired well over 5 years […]

Jazz Improvisation Workshop

Several days ago I posted about jazz jams in Madison. Jazz workshops offer another path to improvement but often there are obstacles. For example, there are excellent weeklong summer workshops in northern Wisconsin and out-of-state, but these can be hundreds of dollars. And locally, jazz improvisation workshops are often connected with a college or high school concert (such as the workshops […]

Joan Wildman workshop

Tomorrow night, October 22nd, Laurie Lang’s Improvisation Music Workshop (IMW) is having a special event: Joan Wildman is joining Laurie Lang and friends to lead a session on band wisdom. For many years Joan Wildman taught jazz improvisation at the UW and also led a trio with almost telepathic abilities to hear and react. Joan is a great teacher […]