MMJO: cool jazz, sweet seats

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Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra is playing a concert at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo as part of a benefit fundraiser for the historic theater and the Sauk County Artists Association. The “Sweet Seats” benefit event, sponsored by the Sauk County Artists Association and the Al. Ringling Theatre, will be a fun evening of camaraderie, […]

Wayne’s Music World : musings on MJO and MMJO

Joel Kaye and the MMJO

MJO PLAYS MAYNARD The Madison Jazz Orchestra broke out Adrian Drover’s MacArthur Park chart recently at the Brink Lounge. MJO plays a monthly gig at the Brink on the fourth Thursday. Mike Boman took on the challenge of playing the famed Maynard Ferguson solo. Drover’s arrangement of Jimmy Webb’s song makes a great vehicle for […]

Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra video

Monday night Rand Moore filled in on drums when Blues by Five played at Lilianas, and on the break I talked to him about the Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra (MMJO). Rand is the founder and leader of the MMJO and it didn’t take long to see this is his favorite subject. One of the things […]

Friday night headliners at the Isthmus Jazz Fest

Today is our last in a short series of posts about artists performing at this year’s Isthmus Jazz Festival. Tomorrow the fest starts and I’ll be hanging out at Madison’s best summertime venue, the Memorial Union, taking it all in. So what shall we feature today? Let’s check out the Friday night headliners since we covered the Saturday headliners […]

Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra tomorrow – FREE


This is your last chance to catch the Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra before their Isthmus Jazz Fest gig in June. They should be in fine form; last weekend they performed a concert on Friday night and a dance Sunday afternoon. If you missed both you’re in luck, because they’ve added a last-minute FREE performance  tomorrow […]

Mellophonium Madness

The Madison Mellophonium Orchestra has a busy stretch coming up. This year marks the 100 year anniversary of Stan Kenton’s birth and as part of the Centennial Celebration the Madison Mellophonium Orchestra will play a concert next Friday at First United Methodist Church. Two days later on Sunday afternoon they will play their first dance. You […]

Mellophonium Orchestra?

Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra (Feb 2010)

The headline act for tonight’s Jazz at Five concert is the Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra. Sounds interesting… but what is a mellophonium, and what kind of orchestra is this? Is it all mellophoniums? To answer the first question, the mellophonium is commonly described as a cross between a french horn and a trumpet. Depending on […]

Jazz at Five 2010 Schedule

Jazz at Five has a new website so all the links from my previous article are broken. Here’s the schedule from their new website. These links should work. Date Opener Headliner AUG 11 Alison Margaret Quartet The Alison Margaret Quartet features lead vocalist Alison Margaret, a widely known jazz artist, music educator, and pianist. Joining […]