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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. 

Interested in joining? Want to learn more? Please complete the Enrollment Form. 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).
   

2024 SPRING TERM - $335 (15 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Start date: January 15, 2024
No rehearsal on March 25 or April 1, 2024

Last rehearsal: May 6, 2024

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Start date: January 17, 2024
No rehearsal on March 27 or April 3
, 2024
Last rehearsal: May 8, 2024

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

Start date: January 17, 2024
No rehearsal on March 27
 or April 3, 2024
Last rehearsal: May 8, 2024

 

2024 SUMMER TERM - $135 (6 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: July 8, 2024

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: July 10, 2024

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

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

       Start date: July 10, 2024
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2024 FALL TERM - $335 (15 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: September 2024

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    Start date: September 2024

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

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

       Start date: September 2024

Adult Ensembles: About Us
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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. 

2024 SPRING TERM - $250 (15 sessions)
Wednesdays 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery
Start date: January 1
7, 2024
No rehearsal on March 27 or April 3, 2024
Last rehearsal: May 8, 2024

2024 SUMMER TERM - $135 (6 sessions)

Wednesdays 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery
Start date: July 10, 2024

2024 FALL TERM - $250 (15 sessions)

Wednesdays 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the Jazz Gallery
Start date: September TBD, 2024

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