2017 UW Honors Jazz Band guest bassist Linda Oh (NYC)

2016 UW Honors Jazz Band guest saxophonist Bob Sheppard (University of Southern Califorina Thornton School of Music)

2014 UW Honors Jazz Band performance

2015 Honors Jazz Band performance with guest trumpeter Greg Bush (Vancouver Island University)

2014 UW Honors Jazz Band performance with guest trumpeter Brian Lynch (Miami, NYC)

2015 UW Honors Jazz Band rehearsing with UW Director of Jazz Studies Johannes Wallmann

2017 UW High School Honors Jazz Band:

The jazz program at UW Madison invites high school students from South Central Wisconsin to audition for its 5th Annual High School Honors Jazz Band. The band is looking for student musicians who are passionate about playing jazz and who are looking to challenge themselves through rehearsing and performing exciting new big band repertoire. Over the course of two weeks, students will work closely with UW Madison’s Director of Jazz Studies, pianist/composer Dr. Johannes Wallmann, guest faculty, and members of the UW Jazz Orchestra to prepare for the ensemble’s April 28, 2017 concert in UW Old Music Hall, featuring guest bassist Linda Oh.


Application Deadline:

Sunday, February 12, 2017 (late applications will be accepted as space permits)


Application Procedure:

Please see the Auditions page to apply and for more information regarding auditions.

Rehearsal Dates:

Sunday, April 16, 20176:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (sectional rehearsals with the UW Jazz Orchestra)
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (dress rehearsal)


Concert Performance:

Friday, April 28, 2017, 8:00 pm (5:30 pm call-time & sound-check)

Joint concert with the UW High School Honors Jazz Band and the UW Jazz Orchestra @ UW Music Hall



$60 for participants (there is no fee to apply/audition)


Featured guest performer Linda Oh:

Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, Linda began playing piano, bassoon and at fifteen dabbled on electric bass playing jazz in high school bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Linda studied at the W.A Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she graduated with first-class honors.

She was a James Morrison Scholarship Finalist in 2003 and in 2004 was an IAJE Sister in Jazz and received the ASCAP Young Jazz  Composer’s award in 2008. She also received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition and received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year. In 2010 she was nominated for the Jazz Journalist’s Awards for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, and received the award of No. 1 Acoustic Bass Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll. This same year she received 2nd place at the BASS2010 Competition in Berlin.

Linda completed her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones. She now teaches the precollege division there and is involved in jazz videoconference master-classes for high-schools around the US. As an active teacher she was also involved in creating a series of lessons for the up and coming BassGuru app for iPad and iPhone.

Linda has performed with the musicians such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Fabian Almazan, and Terri Lyne Carrington.

Linda is an active double bassist, electric bassist and composer, composing music for various ensembles and short films, also participating in the BMI Film Composers Workshop and Sundance Labs at Skywalker Ranch. Linda composed for Sabrina McCormick’s short film “A Good Egg” which was featured in the New York Shorts Festival.

In 2009 her self-released debut trio album “Entry” with Obed Calvaire and Ambrose Akinmusire received some critical attention. It was listed in Artforum magazine as one of Vijay Iyer’s top ten of 2009.

Her second album “Initial Here” released on Greenleaf Records in 2012 features a quartet with Dayna Stephens on tenor sax, Fabian Almazan on piano and Rudy Royston on drums with special guest Jen Shyu on vocals. This album was mentioned several times for album of the year in various jazz polls.

“Sun Pictures” is her third release – a quartet album recorded live at WKCR studios featuring Ben Wendel on tenor saxophone, James Muller on guitar and Ted Poor on drums.

Linda is currently working on her second trumpet trio album and an eight-piece group featuring a string quartet  – with music that was commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in 2012. She is now a member of Pet Metheny’s most recent quartet project.