About

Mission, Goals and Core Partners

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is a community-supported coalition of nonpro t jazz presenting organizations, educational institutions, supportive media, and individuals working together to create a more vibrant and sustainable local jazz scene. We pursue this mission through Consortium-led programs and by supporting the e orts of our partner organizations.

The Consortium was formed to tackle challenges to our local jazz community that are too big for any one organization to address successfully. These challenges are re ected in our four goals that emerged from an exhaustive survey of jazz community stakeholders and a series of “town hall” meetings with local jazz musicians.

  • Create a more supportive climate for our local jazz musicians and venues
  • Expand and diversify the local audience for jazz
  • Cultivate the next generation of jazz musicians and fans
  • Attract more top- ight touring jazz artists to perform in our community

Performance Programs

Strollin'

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Hanah Jon Taylor’s Trio performed at Thorps Salon on Schenk’s Corners on May 22nd

Hanah Jon Taylor’s Trio performed at Thorps Salon on Schenk’s Corners on May 22nd

Happy fans, musicians, venues, and nearby businesses made for a successful second season of our free neighborhood-based jazz mini- festivals, as we drew roughly 1,200 music fans to Schenk’s Corners, South Park Street, and Hilldale.
Through our Strollin’ series, we hope to encourage venues to begin hosting live jazz, or step up their current jazz programming, throughout the year.

“It’s been so rewarding, so successful. I mean hundreds of people are out, the venues are filled, the music is phenomenal!”

– Jazz vocalist Lynette Margulies, Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners performer

Each Strollin’ event included a youth stage for student bands from local high schools and community-based music programs.

Pianist Harris Lemberg’s Trio performed at Chocolaterian on Schenk’s Corners on May 22nd

Pianist Harris Lemberg’s Trio performed at Chocolaterian on Schenk’s Corners on May 22nd

“It’s been really fun for our customers, and really fun for us as business owners. I love to support the arts, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

– Leanne Cordisco, Owner, Chocolaterian, Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners host venue

For 8-9 hours, Strollin’ fans walked from venue to venue to sample an eclectic menu of jazz styles served up by our ne local musicians, while support from host venues and communities and attendees enabled us to pay the musicians fairly.

HOST VENUES

  • Alchemy
  • Chocolaterian
  • Great Dane Brew Pub – Hilldale
  • Macy’s Atrium
  • Madison Police Department South District Station
  • Mason Lounge
  • Monona State Bank
  • One Barrel Brewing
  • Sushi Muramoto
  • Thorps Salon
  • Urban League of Greater Madison Villager Mall Parking Lot
Tony Castañeda’s Latin Jazz Sextet performed at Strollin’ Hilldale on September 18th

Tony Castañeda’s Latin Jazz Sextet performed at Strollin’ Hilldale on September 18th

PERFORMING GROUPS

  • Ben Ferris- Paul Hastil- Miguel McQuade Trio
  • Big Payback
  • Bob Kerwin – Dan Flynn Duo
  • bpm Trio
  • Dalton Gang
  • Five Points Jazz Collective
  • Fountain of Life’s Rivers of Madison Ensemble
  • Golpe Tierra
  • Goodman Community Center’s Live Soundz Ensemble
  • Hanah Jon Taylor Trio
  • Harris Lemberg Trio
  • Kid Jordan Second Line
  • Lemán Quartet
  • Lucas Koehler Combo
  • Lundberg/Fitzpatrick Duo
  • Mad City Funk
  • Madison Choro Ensemble
  • Madison East High School Black Music Ensemble
  • Madison Music Foundry Student Jazz Ensemble
  • Madison West High School’s Smoother Than Butter
  • Mike Cammilleri Organ Trio with Steve Cooper
  • Rick Flowers Quartet
  • Stellanovas
  • Tony Castañeda’s Latin Jazz Sextet
  • UW Contemporary Jazz Ensemble

inDIGenous Jazz Series

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Trumpeter Dave Cooper’s band presented two sets of originals at the Play Circle on October 9th

Trumpeter Dave Cooper’s band presented two sets of originals at the Play Circle on October 9th

Besides being outstanding players, many of local jazz musicians have composed engaging original works but rarely get a chance to present them to the public, and especially not in a respectful setting. To help remedy the situation, We launched the InDIGenous concert series during Jazz Appreciation Month 2015 (April) with four free concerts of original music in the beautiful third oor space at Madison Public Library’s Central Branch that drew an audience of about 300.

Inspired by enthusiastic responses
from our performers and audiences, we partnered with Madison Music Collective and the Wisconsin Union Theater to present a second season of four free InDIGenous concerts, in the Fall at the UW Memorial Union Play Circle. The Fall series drew 700 people, and was much more diverse in terms of age, race and ethnicity than our community’s typical jazz concert audience.

2015 INdigENOUS SERIES FEATURED BANDS

  • Becca May Grant’s Rivers of Madison
  • Dave Cooper Quintet
  • Devin Drobka’s Bell Dance Songs
  • El Clan Destino
  • Juan Pastor’s Chinchano
  • Paul Dietrich Quintet
  • Paul Hastil Quartet
  • Piano Summit: Jim Erickson, Jane Reynolds, Dave Stoler, and Joan Wildman
Pianist Becca May Grant (far left) and her Rivers of Madison Ensemble presented a gospel-infused program at the Play Circle on November 6th

Pianist Becca May Grant (far left) and her Rivers of Madison Ensemble presented a gospel-infused program at the Play Circle on November 6th

“Opportunities like InDIGenous will inspire our local jazz musicians to compose more original music, and that will help attract audiences who are looking for new listening experiences.”

– Jane Reynolds

“Five of us played that night and we all talked about what
a generous and engaging experience the evening was. Personally, it made my ‘top ten’ most memorable performances of my life.”

– Dave Cooper

Artistic Development Grant Program

The Jazz Consortium has raised $10,000 to launch a pilot program that supports the e orts of local jazz musicians to create and present engaging new projects. These projects could include commissioned new works, new artistic collaborations within the jazz genre and between jazz musicians and other artistic disciplines, and more. We hope to present the resulting projects in our InDIGenous concert series, and hope that their artistic quality will inspire others to make a gift to the Consortium to help continue this initiative beyond the pilot stage.

Venue Development Pilot Program

The Jazz Consortium will be launching a pilot program that provides consulting and transitional nancial support to local venues that want to start a live jazz series or take their current live jazz programming to the next level, while o ering good working conditions and fair performance fees for the musicians and an excellent listening experience for fans. Through the pilot, we will also be identifying proposals that we can take to the City of Madison to remove barriers and support the e orts of these venues to enhance our community’s live music scene.

Educational Programs

Jazz Residencies

Trumpeter Eric Siereveld demonstrating jazz rhythms for students at Huegel Elementary

Trumpeter Eric Siereveld demonstrating jazz rhythms for students at Huegel Elementary

Our K-8 Program sends professional teaching musicians into local elementary
and secondary schools to help music teachers enrich jazz education. Each host teacher gets to select their guest artist and instructional goals and then works with him/her to plan and conduct a jazz residency. In 2015, we supported residencies at two middle schools and four elementary schools in the Madison district.

“My students learned so much in just two weeks. It was great to have exposure to Afro-Cuban jazz, an area in which I have limited knowledge. Now I feel very comfortable doing a similar unit on my own in future years, and have new curriculum!!”

– Rhonda Chalone, General Music Teacher, Huegel Elementary

2015 JAZZ RESIDENCIES

  • CHEROKEE MIDDLE: “Spoken Word and the Connections BetweenHip Hop and Jazz” (Improvising Spoken Word Artist Rob Dz, with Choral Teacher Luke Hrovat-Staedter)
  • HUEGEL ELEMENTARY: “Feeling Swing” (UW Latin Jazz Ensemble Director Eric Siereveld, with General Music Teacher Rhonda Chalone)
  • MUIR ELEMENTARY: “The African Roots of Jazz” (Pianist Michael Butkus-Bomier, with General Music Teacher Christa Kowert)
  • STEPHENS ELEMENTARY: “Exposing Students to Jazz Music and Improvisation” (Bassist Laurie Lang, with General Music Teacher Regina Haugen)
  • THOREAU ELEMENTARY: “Shared Music-Making to Promote Creative Thinking” (Percussionist Joseph White, with General Music Teacher Emily Whalley)
  • WHITEHORSE MIDDLE: “Latin Jazz” (Madison College Jazz Director Jamie Kember, with Band Teacher Alyssa Buss)

After School Programs

Lead instructor Hanah Jon Taylor conducts a music appreciation session for Live Soundz students.

Lead instructor Hanah Jon Taylor conducts a music appreciation session for Live Soundz students.

On Saturday mornings, when most of their peers were still asleep, our “Live Soundz” program was bringing middle- and high-school student musicians to the Goodman Community Center for a half-day jazz academy. Each week, under the tutelage of our outstanding team of professional jazz teaching musicians, these students participated in music appreciation, instrumental and vocal instruction, and ensemble sessions leading to public performances at the Goodman Center’s Family Fun Nights and on the youth stage at the Consortium’s Strollin’ Schenk’s Corners and Hilldale events.

“It’s been a great experience for our kids. Many of them who had little or no experience are now reading charts and performing complex tunes.”

-Zach Watson, Live Soundz Teaching Musician, Goodman Community Center Youth Program Manager

“This program has been a great creative outlet for my son. It allows him to express freely what has been bottled up inside for such a long time. It has also helped him focus more on his school work and his grades have come up signi cantly.”

– Carrie Braddix Mother of Live Soundz participant Thylas Henderson

Student bassist Thylas Henderson and guitarist Stone Laak-Veeder rehearse for their Family Fun Night performance

Student bassist Thylas Henderson and guitarist Stone Laak-Veeder rehearse for their Family Fun Night performance

During 2015, Live Soundz served 21 student musicians, and our student ensemble performed for audiences of over 700, many of them low-income kids and adults of color. We also launched a companion program, “Music Matters,” for students at the Boys & Girls Club. Meanwhile, our Live Soundz ensemble members joined their summer drum instructor to form SOUL MEN, a new band that performs regularly at the Goodman Center and around the community.

LIVE SOUNDZ TEACHING MUSICIANS IN 2015

  • Hanah Jon Taylor, Lead Instructor and Ensemble Director
  • Bruce Alford, Bass
  • Bif Blumfumgagnge, Violin
  • Rick Flowers, Drums
  • Bob Jacobson, Trumpet
  • Jalen McCullough, Drums
  • Judith McNeil, Vocals
  • Rand Moore, Drums
  • Charlie Painter, Guitar
  • Carolynn Schwartz Black, Vocals
  • Zach Watson, Piano
Piano instructor Zach Watson works with students Sira Sangare and Leo Dreis during a Live Soundz instrumental instruction session

Piano instructor Zach Watson works with students Sira Sangare and Leo Dreis during a Live Soundz instrumental instruction session

Jazz In The Library

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-1-29-08-pmOur “Jazz in the Library” series took the music and its history to over 500 people at public library branches around Dane County.
Six of these branches hosted ‘Journey of Jazz,” a performance by the Hanah Jon Taylor Artet tracing the music’s evolution from its West African roots through the various jazz eras on up to today, along with the cultural context in which the music was created.

Three other libraries hosted “Jazz is a Heartbeat,” focusing on the Harlem Renaissance period of the 1920s and 1930s through a book reading by UW Library Science Professor Ethelene Whitmire, poetry readings by Madison Poet Laureate Emeritus Fabu Carter, and musical accompaniment by Mr. Taylor.

The other three libraries hosted Madison-based documentary lmmaker Chuck France in a presentation of “Jazz in Exile,” his film that tells the story of American jazz musicians who left the USA in the 1960s and 1970s to find an audience for their music abroad.

“The ‘Journey of Jazz’ program was spectacular. It was comprised of humor, talent, personality, education, music and – most importantly – heart. Not only was the music fantastic, the presentation and topics covered were incredibly important and moving. Everyone in the audience was engaged, dancing in their chairs, nodding, etc., and I witnessed several ‘a-ha’ moments.”

– Melissa Roelli, Librarian, Mt. Horeb Public Library

PARTICIPATING LIBRARIES

  • Goodman South Madison Library
  • Mt. Horeb Public Library
  • Madison Public Library
  • Central Verona Public Library
  • Monroe Street Library
  • Sun Prairie Public Library
  • Deer eld Public Library
  • Oregon Public Library
  • Middleton Public Library
  • Waunakee Public Library
  • Fitchburg Public Library
  • Marshall Community Library

GMJC Donor Listings for 2015

This listing includes gifts and grants received from 1/1/15 – 4/11/16

OVER $25,000

John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation

$10,000 – $24,999

American Girl’s Fund for Children Madison Community Foundation

$5,000 – $9,999

Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Dane Arts
Madison Public Library (through the Beyond the Page Fund)

$2,500 – $4,999

Madison Arts Commission

$1,000 – $2,499

Anonymous
Altrusa Club of Madison
Electronic Theatre Controls
Evjue Foundation
Goodman Community Center
Howard Landsman
Marcia MacKenzie and Gerry Borseth
Madison Area Music Association
Madison Music Collective
MG&E Foundation
Gary Poulson
Prime Urban Properties

$500 – $999

Steve Braunginn
Lau and Bea Christensen
Gerri DiMaggio
Farley’s House of Pianos
Hilldale
Pete and Jill Lundberg
Paul and Lisa Muench

$250 – $499

Custer Financial Services
Tom DeChant
Gigi’s Cupcakes
Great Dane Brew Pub
Connie Kinsella and Marc Eisen
Macy’s
William Martin
Monona State Bank
José Madera
Linda and Vince O’Hern
Shelley Safer & Neil Komesar
Brad Schwartz
Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner
Toni Sikes and Bill Kraus
South Metropolitan Business Association
Ulla Eyewear
University Bookstore

$100 – $249

Anonymous
Jeffrey Boldt
Curt and Elizabeth Brink
Marion Brown
Café Porta Alba
Cardinal Bar
John Christensen
Susan Cook
Jerry Dempsey
Sue and Rob Engelke
Ed Feige and Elizabeth Palay
Laurie Fellenz
Kim Freeman
Louise Googins
Patricia Gottsacker
Ralph Hawley
Hooper Foundation
Carolyn Kau and Chris Heinrichs
Mike Kernats
Patricia and Peter Lipton
John Louderman

 

$100-$249 Continued…

Elsebet Lund
Madison Police Department South District
Ernest and Helen Madsen
Bob McGrath
Metcalfe’s Market
Daniel and Maria Milsted
Nick and Megan Moran
Steve Morgan
Agustín Olvera
Dave and Ann Orr
Steve Paulson
Janis Reek
Kathleen Ricci
Joel Robbin
John and Cindy Rolling
Mary and Ken Rouse
Sergenian’s Floor Coverings
Linda and Larry Shriberg
Betsy Stampe
Cathy Sullivan and Jim Twesme
Charles Taylor
Jayne and Mark Turner
Uncle Joe’s Shoes & Sportswear
Nancy Vedder-Shults and Mark Shults
Johannes Wallmann
Connie and Ernest Wiegeshaus

UNDER $100

David Ahrens
Anonymous
Gladis Benavides
Nancy and Bill Boyle
Doug Brown
Tisha Brown
Fabu Carter
Cheryl Daniels
Paul Dietrich
John Doing Maribeth Dorn
Henry Drewal
Charles Elson
Robert Entwistle
Al Falaschi
Chuck France
Sharon Gaskill
John Hansen
Paul Hastil
Todd Hammes
Jay Heck
Susan Hofer
Leslie Ho man
Anitra Hovelson
Joan Hoyer
Shiloh Jaxen
Jamie Kember
Nancy Kendrick
Bob Kerwin
Dick and Claire Kotenbeutel
Patricia Kramer
William Lane
Lane’s Bakery
Linda Lerch
Barbara Lewis
Margaret McEntire
Micah Media Group
Anne Miner
Stefanie Moritz
Nancy Motisi
Andrea Musher
David Peterson
Jeffrey Potter
Jane Reynolds
Mark Rickenbach
Michael Rothschild
Ralph Russo
Jean and Kenneth Scheid

Finances

Grant funding, especially from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, has provided the vast majority of our support since our founding in Fall 2012. In 2015, we diversi ed our base of grant support and began a systematic e ort to generate support from program sponsors in the business community and individual donors. 2015 was the rst year that sources other than the Peterson Foundation provided the majority of our support.

 

Board, Consultant Team & Musician Advisory Team

 

2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Braunginn, Representing WORT-FM
Gerri DiMaggio, At-Large Member
Laurie Fellenz, Secretary, Representing the Madison Metropolitan School District Arts Education
Mike Kernats, Representing Madison Jazz Society
Howard Landsman, Treasurer, At-Large Member
José Madera, At-Large Member
Gary Poulson, Chair, Representing Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest
Ralph Russo, Representing the Wisconsin Union Theater
Chris Wagoner, Representing Madison Music Collective
Johannes Wallmann, Vice Chair, Representing the UW School of Music

2015 CONSULTANT TEAM

John Christensen, Web Design Consultant
Susan Fox, Nonproft Partnerships Consultant
Boris Frank, Fund Development Consultant (January – June 2015)
Rob Lundberg, Venue Development Consultant
Nick Moran, Program Development and Production Consultant
Leotha Stanley, K-8 Programs Consultant (January-October 2015)
Darren Sterud, Venue Development Consultant (beginning in 2016)
Cathy Sullivan, Special Events Consultant
Kathy Utley, Fund Development and Marketing Consultant (April – December 2015)
Doug White, K-8 Programs Consultant (November-December 2015)

MUSICIAN ADVISORY TEAM

Gerri DiMaggio
Dan Flynn
Susan Hofer
Rob Lundberg
Nick Moran
Paul Muench
Jon Standridge
Darren Sterud