WELCOME TO THE MILWAUKEE JAZZ INSTITUTE

The Milwaukee Jazz Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, promotes jazz through education and performance, building awareness of this art form's ability to transform lives and strengthen our community. MJI seeks to expand and diversify the local audience for jazz and to create opportunities for professional and aspiring musicians.

MJI LIVESTREAM CONCERT

This concert by the Milwaukee Jazz Institute Faculty Ensemble featured an all-star lineup of jazz artists performing classic standards made famous by Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and others.
Click the image to enjoy "On Green Dolphin Street"

To view the full livestream concert, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFkdyqFdL4k

UPCOMING EVENTS

BUILDING BETTER BASS SOLOS
Thu, Dec 03
Online Event for All Ages
Dec 03, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Online Event for All Ages
Clay Schaub will discuss some of the fundamental challenges of soloing on the bass, examine a step-by-step process for developing freedom in improvisation, and finally identify these components in some classic and modern examples from the great jazz bassists.
HANDFUL OF KEYS: MONTHLY JAZZ PIANO WORKSHOP WITH MARK DAVIS
Tue, Dec 08
Online Event for All Ages
Dec 08, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Online Event for All Ages
This month, Mark will explore the use of altered dominant extensions in the context of the blues. Learn how to create altered dominant voicings and melodic lines that will add color and excitement to your piano playing.
MELODIC DRUMMING: THE MUSIC OF THELONIOUS MONK
Thu, Dec 10
Online Event for All Ages
Dec 10, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Online Event for All Ages
Drummer Devin Drobka will show you how to learn repertoire by playing melodies on the drum set. In this session, he will focus on compositions by Thelonious Monk and explore how they can be used as a source for comping and soloing.
INSIDE THE TUNE: "SONG FOR MY FATHER"
Thu, Dec 10
Online Event for All Ages
Dec 10, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Online Event for All Ages
Eric Jacobson will delve inside “Song for My Father,” pianist Horace Silver’s best-known composition. Learn about the structure of the tune and get improvisation tips you can use to improve your solos on this essential standard.
MASTER CLASS WITH MARCYA: HOLIDAY SONGS
Wed, Dec 16
Online Event for All Ages
Dec 16, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Online Event for All Ages
Learn from jazz vocalist Marcya Daneille as she coaches singers in an online master class. This session focuses on holiday songs. Get tips from a pro on how to perform your favorite songs of the season in a jazz style.
SEVEN SIDES OF A STANDARD—ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
Thu, Dec 17
Online Event for All Ages
Dec 17, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST
Online Event for All Ages
Online Listening Workshop with Paul Silbergleit

A CONVERSATION WITH CHARLES McPHERSON

MJI's most recent Jazz Circle event was a conversation with saxophone legend Charles McPherson. The discussion, hosted by MJI artistic director Mark Davis, delved into McPherson’s amazing career. You’ll hear incredible stories about meeting and hearing Charlie Parker, learning from Barry Harris in Detroit, and working with Charles Mingus. You’ll also learn about the inspiration for his new album, Jazz Dance Suites.

CONTACT THE MILWAUKEE JAZZ INSTITUTE

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414.234.5565

PO Box 170472, Milwaukee, WI 53217-0472

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