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).

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2022 SPRING TERM - $320 (15 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: January 24, 2022

    No rehearsal April 18
    Last rehearsal: May 9

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: January  26, 2022

    No rehearsal March 23

    Last rehearsal: May 11

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

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

       Start date: January  26, 2022

       No rehearsal March 23

       Last rehearsal: May 11
 

2022 SUMMER TERM - $120 (6 sessions)

  • MISTERIOSO ENSEMBLE
    Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: July 11

  • BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE
    Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Start date: July 13

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

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

       Start date: July 13

2022 FALL TERM - $320 (15 sessions)

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

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

  • GIANT STEPS ENSEMBLE

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

       Start date: September 14

 
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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 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 26, 2022

No rehearsal March 23
Last rehearsal: May 11

2022 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: TBA

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: TBA