Middleton Jazz is delighted to be playing again in the Strollin’ Middleton Jazz Festival, starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Middleton Senior Center (7448 Hubbard Avenue) on Friday, September 7th, 2018. This free event is presented by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and the Middleton Community Development Authority, with the support of generous local sponsors.
The event invites you to wander through Middleton and listen to live jazz music all evening at the venues listed below. This year also features five artists displaying their art at five different locations.
John H. “Jack” Lussier played with Middleton Jazz for about eight years. A talented drummer, Jack chose to play washboard in his later years and liked to be introduced as “Washboard Jackson”. His washboard quite literally had all the bells and whistles on it!
Jack was one of Madison’s most prolific philanthropists, but he rarely spoke of it. He enjoyed making people happy, and he certainly did that through his music.
Jack passed away on July 27, 2018, at age 90.
On July 17th, 2018, we had the privilege of playing for the Behring Senior Center in Monroe, Wisconsin. We had a large audience who seemed to be having almost as much fun as we were! Thanks to Debbie Trexel for the pic.
We were pleased to participate in Make Music Madison on Thursday, June 21, 2018. We played in Hoyt Park at 6:00 p.m. and had an appreciative audience, in spite of the rain. If you were there, you know we had a medical emergency just after our performance. Thanks to the quick action and skills of many people, we were able to avoid a tragedy, and we are all grateful for that.
For those who missed our performance, and those who were there and want to remember the best of the event, here is a small sample featuring Dick Trexel on clarinet:
If you’d like to drop in on one of our rehearsals, please note that we have moved our start time up 30 minutes to 9:00 a.m., and we will finish by 11:00 a.m.
On February 2nd, Middleton Jazz performed at All Saints Main Street Apartments. It was a bright and open venue with good acoustics, and the audience was terrific! The piano was in the center of the room, so the audience got to see and hear Bruce better than ever before. Thanks to Debbie Trexel for the photos here and in the Photo Gallery.
We were delighted to be back at the Stoughton Opera House as part of the Stoughton Area Senior Center’s Music Appreciation Series. There were 86 people in attendance, and we enjoyed the lively acoustics of the hall and the warm reception. Enjoy the video samples below and the images in the Photo Gallery.
On September 8th we were honored to be part of the Strollin’ Middleton 2017 event sponsored by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and the Middleton Community Development Authority. Our preparation was covered by the Middleton Times-Tribune and the event itself was very well attended. Thanks to Craig Mason and Debbie Trexel for the photos.
We have several performances booked for the remainder of the year, many of them open to the public. Please note that we will not rehearse at our usual time on August 10th due to the performance that afternoon.
- Thursday, August 10, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., at The Jefferson, 9401 Old Sauk Rd, Middleton, WI
- Friday, September 8, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Strolling Middleton, Middleton Senior Center
- Saturday, September 23, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., at The Jefferson, 9401 Old Sauk Rd, Middleton, WI
- Monday, October 9, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Stoughton Opera House, 333 W Main St, Madison, WI
- Friday, October 20, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Oakwood Village, 6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI
- Saturday, November 18, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., at The Jefferson, 9401 Old Sauk Rd, Middleton, WI
- Saturday, December 16, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., at The Jefferson, 9401 Old Sauk Rd, Middleton, WI
We were delighted to return to Capitol Lakes for a Saturday evening performance on July 15, 2017. We had a great turnout, the audience was very appreciative, and we enjoyed a reception in the Encore Room afterward. The videos of “Sugar Blues” and “Iko Iko” below were from that wonderful evening.