Press release for MJV Jazz Session Series
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June 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Milwaukee Jazz Vision Presents Friday Night Jazz Jam Sessions Series
Milwaukee, WI –
The nonprofit organization and music collective Milwaukee Jazz Vision will now be
hosting a Friday night Jazz Jam Session Series, reaching all four of Milwaukee’s
geographical corners, and pairing prominent players to their respective areas as
hosts of the series.
Recently incorporated, Milwaukee Jazz Vision seeks to reconnect the city’s jazz
community at large, and more specifically: its players, through the sacred art form of
the jam session, an informal place for cutting-edge musicians to introduce
themselves in an informal, improvisational musical setting. Those interested in
participating (or observing) will have four opportunities per month to do so in
Milwaukee, backed by a quartet:
Friday: Frank’s Power Plant (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
2800 KK Avenue
w/ Andy Buck Quartet
Friday: Wisconsin Conservatory (7-9 p.m.)
1584 N. Prospect Ave.
w/ The Mark Davis Trio
Friday: Sherman Perk (Coffee Shop) (7-10 p.m.)
4924 W. Roosevelt Dr.
w/ Jay Anderson Quartet
Friday: Mendini’s (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
105 S. Main St. (Thiensville)
w/ Murphy/Lovas Quartet
MJV co-founders Jamie Breiwick and Kevin Hayden seek to dispel stereotypes
surrounding jazz music – its supposed elitism, showiness, and insularity – but they
also see a bigger picture, a means of connecting area schools to the music industry
From the beginning, jazz’s rhythmic, improvisational qualities have made it highly
compatible with other genres, and as a result its place in American culture has been
wide and varied.
In contrast to other open mic settings, jazz jam sessions offer a wider musical
approach, both in content and between-musician interaction, which requires a
strong command of one’s instrument.
But as the great trumpeter Miles Davis once said, “Do not fear mistakes. There are
This comment is based on the harmonic components of jazz, but more importantly it
defines the attitude present at such jam sessions, that which has come to
characterize jazz itself.
Eastside Jazz Fest, a biannual consortium of jazz performances, is the primary
fundraiser for a series of scholarships offered by MJV that assist talented students
studying jazz. The scholarships take effect next year, and will be awarded to one
student from each of the following: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The
Milwaukee Area Technical College, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.
The place of jazz in American music is mysterious, though it continues to blur
cultural boundaries of race, gender, and age. These places are sometimes quiet and
sometimes loud, though consistently profound.
In an age where musical collaboration can happen anywhere, at any time, through
any imagined means, this is a special treat for burgeoning musicians of all shapes