Indoor Rehearsals On Hold

After two glorious months of rehearsing in the Middleton Senior Center, the delta-variant COVID-19 surge has forced us outdoors once again. We do have some outdoor performances lined up and will continue with those, but we will refrain from indoor activities until infection levels fall once again. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Summer Fun – August 5, 2021

Middleton Jazz will be performing outdoors in downtown Middleton this Thursday, August 5th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be lots of activities, so come on down for some summer fun! (By the way, we will not rehearse this Thursday morning to save our chops!)

We’re Back, Baby!

This morning we rehearsed in Bill Scott’s spacious driveway for the last time (see below). Starting next week, we will be back in the Middleton Senior Center rehearsing from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. every Thursday. We will also be performing in Hoyt Park from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 21, as part of Make Music Madison. Yes, we’re back!

Topsy

Middleton Jazz in a virtual performance of the big band classic, “Topsy”, written by Edgar Battle and Eddie Durham. This arrangement is based on a transcription of the 1937 recording by the Count Basie Orchestra.

Alto Saxophone: Dick Trexel, Les Hoffman
Tenor Saxophone: John Carey
Trumpets: Nancy Boyle, Dick Murray
Trombone: Mike Clipson
Banjo: Bill Scott
Guitar: Carroll Sigler
Piano: John Carey
Bass: Jim Willett
Drums: Mike Connors

What A Wonderful World

We decided that we all needed a pick-me-up during the pandemic, so we created this virtual performance during quarantine. Enjoy!

Clarinets: Dick Trexel, John Carey
Tenor Saxophone: Les Hoffman
Trumpets: Nancy Boyle, Dick Murray
Trombone: Mike Clipson
Banjo: Bill Scott
Guitar: Carroll Sigler
Bass: Jim Willett
Drums, Vocals: Mike Connors

Middleton Jazz On Hiatus

Due to the invisible spread of COVID-19, Middleton Jazz will be on hiatus until further notice. We regret this interruption in making music and sharing it with the larger community, but extreme social distancing is the most effective tool we have right now to deal with the serious threat of COVID-19.

Strollin’ Middleton

We were delighted to participate in the annual Strollin’ Middleton jazz festival again this year on September 6, 2019. Many thanks to the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, the Middleton Community Development Authority, and many other sponsors. It was well attended, and we all had a great time! The photo below is from Debbie Trexel.

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Make Music Madison on June 21, 2019

We had a wonderful audience attend our performance in Rennebohm Park as part of the annual Make Music Madison celebration. The weather was cool and dry, with  no bugs, and the band sounded great in the park shelter! One photo is shown below, but there are more in the Photo Gallery. Thanks to Alex Saloutos for managing the venue, Jamie Kember for bringing the heavy gear, and everyone in the audience for turning out!

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Stoughton Opera House on April 8, 2019

We were delighted to be invited to participate once again in the Stoughton Area Senior Center’s Music Appreciation Series. We always enjoy playing in the historic Stoughton Opera House, and we received a very warm welcome by the audience of 92 people.

Guitarist Carroll Sigler pointing out the sign outside the Stoughton Opera House.

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Below our reed section and drummer get a real workout.