Register for the MAMAs

Registration is now open for the 2011 MAMAs. Starting this year bands and musicians do not have to pay to register, and only the album and song awards require music to be officially released in 2010. In the past, the Madison jazz community has participated at very low levels in the MAMAs. The reason for this […]

2010 MAMAs winners

Listed below are this year’s MAMAs winners in the jazz category. For the complete list of winner’s see the MAMAs website. Blues artists Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo were the big winners overall with five awards including Artist of the Year. You can see them every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at the Brink Lounge. Jazz Album – Mama […]

MAMAs voting ends tomorrow

The last day to vote for the MAMAs (Madison Area Music Awards) is tomorrow, April 28th. Should you vote? Should you care? Let’s start by reprinting a comment made by Verge last year: Sorry, Bob, but these “contests” are meaningless. Music and art aren’t competition, and shouldn’t generate winners and losers. And let’s face it, […]

2009 MAMA winners

These are the winners in the jazz categories. Louka Patenaude also won for the Intrumentalist- Guitarist category. Jazz Album – Harmonious Wail (Resist Temptation) Jazz Performer – The Blue Olives Jazz Song – Harmonious Wail (I Like to Feel My Bones) The entire list can be found on the MAMA website.

Real jazz players please stand up

In light of the updated list of MAMA nominees I just received I’m finding it difficult to take the awards seriously. The Jazz Performer category has just been added. There is one nominee: The Blue Olives. When I received the first list I wondered about a number of names I’m not familiar with. I tried to brush off the feeling […]

Vote for MAMA jazz awards

A while back I wrote there were no jazz categories in the MAMAs this year because Tim Whalen was the only entry. Late entries must have been allowed because the MAMA nominees have been named, and now there are two jazz categories: Jazz Album of the Year, and Jazz Song of the year. The nominees are listed below. […]

Writing music for television and film

Paul Broucek, a legendary music executive from New Line Cinema, is speaking in Madison on behalf of and in support of the Madison Area Music Awards. His talk is entitled “The Anatomy of Film Music – Songs & Score.” The focus is on music licensing and placement of music in television and film. The […]

2009 Will Be a Challenging Year for the MAMAs

MAMA registration for artists ends this Saturday, Jan 31st. Performer applications for Jazz at Five are due Feb 15 (see Musicians Page) 2009 promises to be one of the most challenging years yet for the Madison Area Music Awards. After five years we feel like we’re finally getting this thing started. But economic woes are […]

MAMAs voting/registration update

I recently asked Rick from the MAMAs for more information on the jazz categories and to clarify the voting process. Here is what I found out: Right now we are in the registration phase. The registration deadline was just extended Monday night by our board to January 31. Voting will begin on February 5th now. Fans and artists who […]