Recap of Charles Mingus night with The New Breed

Bassists Noah Garabedian and Nick Moran

Last night was a big one for bassists at the New Breed Jam. To celebrate the 92nd anniversary of Charles Mingus’ birth the jam held a Mingus theme night and some of the area’s top bassists turned out. John Mesoloras was in the crowd, John Christensen and relative newcomer Rob Lundberg played, and to top […]

Mingus night with the New Breed

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Join us this Tuesday, April 22nd to celebrate the music of Charles Mingus on what would have been his 92nd birthday. The New Breed will pick some choice Mingus tunes for our first set, and then we’ll be joined by members of The UW Jazz Ensembles for our jam session. Jammers are encouraged to pick […]

Concert reviews reviewed

Review Policy

With the transition of our website to an online magazine we plan to publish more concert and gig reviews, and are seeking writers to help. Before you dash off your first critique lets consider the power of your pen and the Madison Jazz policy for reviews. There are many reasons reviews are popular. Those that […]

Next jam May 3rd


From the Madison Jazz Jam website: …..The band is Eric Koppa – sax/educator, Dave Stoler – piano, Nick Moran – bass, and Michael Brenneis – drums. The tune-of-the-week is Cherokee. This tune is usually called at a very rapid tempo and involves many key changes. It is a great tune to work on fundamentals and […]

Copyright Fee increase

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Do you compose music? Is it copyrighted? Effective May 1st the US Copyright Office is increasing fees for digitally submitted copyright registration from $35 to $55. If you have a backlog of unregistered music now is the time to take care of it. Do you need to register your copyright for full protection? Read about […]

Alone Together


The next Madison Jazz Jam is Sunday, April 13. Here is an excerpt from Michael B-B’s article about the tune-of-the-week: Alone Together, by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz, is a prime example of their American Songbook writing which often featured non-standard phrase lengths and alternation between the major and minor modes on the same root. […]

Jazz Community News from the Consortium

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(reprinted from the April 2014 GMJC newsletter) MIDVALE ELEMENTARY AND WHITEHORSE MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO PILOT THE JAZZ CONSORTIUM’S K-8 GUEST ARTIST PROGRAM. We were delighted to find that 10 Madison schools were interested in hosting the Consortium’s K-8 Guest Artist program this Spring, and that 21 local jazz musicians would like to serve as a […]

The New Breed Presents: Joke Night Part III

From Facebook: This Tuesday, The New Breed Jazz Jam brings back its popular musician joke night in celebration of April Fool’s Day. Join us for Madison’s hottest jazz jam session and (please:) stay for the plethora of jokes told in-between the night’s tunes by jammers, audience members, and the host band members. Did you hear […]

Welcome to our new site!

Madison Jazz is now an online magazine and your complete guide to everything happening in Madison, Wisconsin! Take a look around. All the previous content is here except for the educational material and Musicians Page. Those items are moving to the Madison Jazz Jam website. With our new look, active content remains easily visible on […]

St Thomas


Excerpted from Madison Jazz Jam: Please note the 3rd Sunday in April is Easter so the jam was moved to April 13th. That will be one week after our next jam on April 6th. Our next jam on April 6th is special because Mark Davis is joining us on piano. Mark is the Chair of […]