ADULT JAZZ ENSEMBLES

Join an Adult Small Ensemble or the MJI Big Band

Whether you're a seasoned player, someone picking up the horn again after many years, or just learning about jazz, MJI has a place for you. Our adult jazz ensembles are coached by some of the area's finest jazz musicians and provide top-notch education, performance opportunities, and a fun social scene. 

MJI forms new ensembles throughout the year. Let us know if you would like to join a small combo, theory class, or the big band even if the current term has already begun.

All rehearsals and classes are held at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts (926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212).

2022 FALL TERM - $320 (15 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: September 12

       No rehearsal on Nov. 21, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2
       
Last rehearsal: January 9

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: September 14

       No rehearsal on Nov. 23, Dec. 28, and Jan. 4
       Last rehearsal: January 11

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

       Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m.

       Start date: September 14

       No rehearsal on Nov. 23, Dec. 28, and Jan. 4
       Last rehearsal: January 11

2023 SPRING TERM - $320 (15 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: January 16, 2023

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: January 18, 2023

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

       Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m.

       Start date: January  18, 2023
 

2023 SUMMER TERM - $120 (6 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: July 10, 2023

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: July 12, 2023

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

       Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m.

       Start date: July 12, 2023

 
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ADULT BIG BAND

Go Big!

Led by drummer Dave Bayles, the MJI Adult Big Band includes trumpets, trombones, saxophones, and rhythm section (piano, bass, guitar, vibes, drums). Music performed will include traditional big band swing literature, contemporary works, and Latin-style pieces. This is a great opportunity to play with a full band and learn about styles, techniques, dynamics, and improvisation. 

2022 FALL TERM - $195 (15 sessions)

Wednesdays 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery (926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212)
Start date: September 14, 2022

No rehearsal on Nov. 23, Dec. 28, and Jan. 4
Last rehearsal: January 11

2023 SPRING TERM - $195 (15 sessions)
Wednesdays 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery (926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212)
Start date: January 18, 2023

2023 SUMMER TERM - $120 (6 sessions)

Wednesdays 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery (926 E Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212)
Start date: July 12, 2023