JODI JEAN AMBLE traces her artistic roots to theater and then musical theater and opera. A classically trained vocalist, Jodi found her way into modern genres including jazz, country, rockabilly, bossa nova and pop. Through this journey, Jodi felt the deepest connection to expressing narratives through song and rhythm. Jodi Jean works with some of the Midwest’s finest musicians to complement her veracious tone and subtle poetry. Together they bring their talent and passion to jazz and Latin standards and original compositions performing all over Madison, Chicago, and the Midwest.
Louka Patenaude, a veteran of the Madison music scene, is a performing guitarist, teacher, recording studio artist, songwriter and composer. As a professional teacher, his career goes back almost 20 years. He has appeared on many recordings and has toured throughout the Midwest, Europe and Pacific Asia.
While studying anthropology at UW-Madison (B.S., 2000), Patenaude studied guitar and music theory with Roger Brotherhood and jazz performance in Professor Richard Davis’s Black Music Ensemble. During this time he began teaching and performing professionally with many of Madison’s best jazz artists. He is currently a faculty member of Madison Music Makers, which provides music instruction to low-income students.