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    The youngest filmmaker to earn a Best Director Academy Award for La La Land, Damien Chazelle, will present three jazz shorts:  St. Louis Blues; Black & Tan and Jazz Dance.  Personally selected by Chazelle, these films provide marvelous cinematic showcases for such music legends as Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith and Jimmy McPartland.  3:30pm, 4070 Vilas Hall....

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    The Contemporary Jazz Ensemble performs a mainstream jazz repertoire from the last two decades (such as compositions by Dave Douglas, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Wheeler, Chris Potter, David Binney, Dave Holland, and Brian Blade), as well as student compositions.  Jazz Standards is a small jazz ensemble performing music from the classic jazz repertoire.  Morphy Recital Hall, Mead Witter...

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    The Blue Note is a small jazz ensemble performing music from the post-bop jazz period of the 1950s and 1960s (such as the music of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson or Art Blakey). The Afro-Cuban Ensemble is a small group covering a wide range of music including Son, Son-Montuno, Guaracha, Mambo, Bembe,...

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  • March 4th, 2018 – LADIES MUST SWING’S “HERE’S TO THE LADIES.” 

    The Madison Jazz Society presents this concert featuring songs written by female composers and lyricists. Ladies Must Swing, Madison’s 18-piece all-female big band, will perform the songs these women contributed to the great American song book.  1:00pm, Wyndham Garden Hotel.  $20 MJS members/$25 non-members.

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    Jazz Composers is a small jazz ensemble focused primarily on student compositions. The Blue Note is a small jazz ensemble performing music from the post-bop jazz period of the 1950s and 1960s (such as the music of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson or Art Blakey).  Morphy Recital Hall, Mead Witter School of...

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  • March 8th, 2018 – CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT 

    Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant is taking the jazz world by storm. She recorded her first album, Cécile, with Jean-François Bonnel’s Paris Quintet and a year later, she won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington D.C. Popular in Europe and the United States, she has performed in numerous clubs, concert halls, and festivals.  8:00pm. Wisconsin Union Theater,...

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Jazz Calendar

Damien Chazelle presents Short Jazz Films @ UW Vilas Hall
Feb 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The youngest filmmaker to win an Oscar award as Best Director for the film La La Land, Damien Chazelle will present three short jazz films: “St. Louis Blues,” “Blanch & Tan,” and “Jazz Dance.”  These films provide cinematic showcases for the likes of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, and Jimmy McPartland.  Presented by the UW Cinematheque.  Free admission.

Johnny Chimes
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Fri and Sat @ Louisianne’s 6:30 -9 pm


Johnny Widdicombe (bass) + Stan Godfriaux (piano)
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Every Saturday night, bassist Johnny Widdicombe plays with a great area jazz pianist. Johnny is a 2004graduate of the UW School of Music, and studied bass with Rufus Reid, Charles (Truck) Parham and Richard Davis. He has performed with the Piper Road Spring Band for 30 years and is a 22-year member of the Harris Lemberg Trio.

He has performed with his string bass across the U.S., The Netherlands, France, England, Scotland, Finland and the Soviet Union at numerous schools, colleges, universities, concert halls, music festivals and, most especially, saloons.

Tonight’s featured pianist is:

For more information, see http://www.lilianasrestaurant.com/Musicians.htm#Johnny Widdicombe

Dikeman/Townkeepers/Piazza/Shead @ Arts + Literature Laboratory
Feb 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

John Dikeman – Saxophones
Casper Townkeepers – Guitar
Tony Piazza – Bass
Adam Shead – Drums

Cliff Frederiksen – guitar @ Liliana's Restaurant
Feb 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Cliff Frederiksen is a nationally known guitarist and singer, with great versatility and talent.

He knows just about every jazz standard ever written, and can also play great blues and country.

For more information, see http://www.lilianasrestaurant.com/Musicians.htm#Cliff_Frederiksen

Gerri DiMaggio World Jazz Unit
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Anders Svanoe’s Double Trio @ Arts + Literature Laboratory
Feb 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This live recording session kicks off a monthly New Music Series curated by Madison-based saxophonist Anders Svanoe. The Double Trio features Anders Svanoe – baritone saxophone, Jim Doherty – trumpet, Henry Boehm – bass, Bradley Townsend – bass, Michael Brenneis – drums, and Rodrigo Villanueva Conroy – drums.

$5 donation requested.

Chicago Cellar Boys @ The Breakwater
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Chicago Cellar Boys (Andy Schumm – cornet, clarinet, tenor sax; John Otto – alto sax, clarinet; John Donatowicz – banjo, guitar; Paul Asaro – piano, vocals; Dave Bock – tuba) will play at the Breakwater Restaurant on Monday, February 26, from 6-8 PM.  Doors open at 5 PM and admission is $10 per person. 

Andy Schumm leads this group and he and Roy Rubinstein will take turns bringing jazz to Madison (continuing the great programs Dave MacGregor put together) on the fourth Mondays of upcoming months (the fourth Monday in May is Memorial Day so they will not be there that day).  Most of the Chicago Cellar Boys are members of the Fat Babies Jazz Band that will be performing at the  30th (& Final) Capital City Jazz Fest. 

John Vitale (guitar), Marilyn Fisher (vocals), and Ken Kuehl (bass) @ Liliana's Restaurant
Feb 27 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

John began teaching in the mid sixties in Chicago. He has been a performer and teacher
since then, and has traveled all across the United States.

Live concerts, Clubs, Weddings, Rock shows, Theater groups, Jeff Award nominated, Church performer, and has also worked with a number of charity organizations.

He studied with Jack Cecchini, Professor Pamela Kimmel, Manuel Lopez-Ramos, Oscar Ghiglia, and Joe Diorio at Guitar Institute of Technology (Los Angeles).

Sherwood Conservatory – Chicago IL

Academy Artists Conservatory – Oak Park, IL

Private Lesson Studio – Hollywood, CA

Donahue’s Music – Chicago IL

Sound Post Music – Evanston, IL

Joined by bassist Ken Kuehl, and vocalist Marilyn Fisher

Johnny Chimes
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Tues-Wed @ Louisianne’s 6-9 pm


Five Points Jazz Collective @ Mason Lounge
Feb 27 @ 9:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 12:00 am

Five Points Jazz Collective
Music: Clubs:

When: Weekly on Tuesday @ 9:00pm
Cost: Free
Call: 608-255-7777
Web: www.facebook.com/pages/five-points-jazz-collective/114975388577644

More Information:
Five Points Jazz Collective

The Five Points Jazz Collection performs every Tuesday night at the Mason Lounge on Park Street. The FPJC has become known for its energetic performances and unique and refreshing interpretations of standards and staples in the swing, bop, post-bop, latin and fusion styles.

9pm Tuesdays
The Mason Lounge
416 S. Park Street
Cost: no cover

The New Breed Jazz Jam @ The North Street Cabaret
Feb 27 @ 9:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 12:00 am

A Madison institution for over 15 years, this jam session features some of the city’s finest jazz musicians. Instrumentalists, vocalists, emcees and poets are encouraged to sit-in for a fun night of collaborative music.

For more info on special guests and theme nights please visit us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNewBreedJazzJam

Ted Keys Trio @ Alchemy Cafe
Feb 27 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 28 @ 12:00 am

Ted Keys Trio
Music: Clubs:

When: Weekly on Tuesday @ 10:00pm
Cost: Free
Call: 608-204-7644
Web: www.alchemycafe.net

More Information:

Alchemy Cafe
1980 Atwood Ave. , Madison , WI 53704

Cliff Frederiksen (guitar) and Ken Kuehl (bass)
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Cliff Frederiksen is a nationally known guitarist and singer, with great versatility and talent.

He knows just about every jazz standard ever written, and can also play great blues and country.

He’s joined every Wednesday by Ken Kuehl on upright bass.

For more information, see http://www.lilianasrestaurant.com/Musicians.htm#Cliff_Frederiksen

Johnny Chimes
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Tues-Wed @ Louisianne’s 6-9 pm


Gypsy Swing Open Jam @ Brocach Irish Pub-Monroe Street
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Gypsy Swing Open Jam
Music: Clubs:

When: Weekly on Wednesday @ 8:30pm
Cost: Free
Call: 608-819-8653
Web: www.brocach.com

More Information:
Weekly acoustic jam in gypsy swing.
Brocach Monroe, 1843 Monroe St
8:30-closing, free. It’s every Wednesday

Brocach Irish Pub-Monroe Street
1843 Monroe St. , Madison , WI 53711

Madison Red and The Band That Time Forgot @ Twist
Mar 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Free admission

Ken Wheaton (acoustic guitar) @ Liliana's Restaurant
Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ken Wheaton performs acoustic fingerstyle renditions of pop, jazz, blues, contemporary, and original music with strong vocal stylings.

He just loves to play to a great audience, and his warm enthusiasm is contagious.

His favorite place to play is on our garden patio when the weather is nice, so come visit us some beautiful Thursday evening and let him serenade you.

For more information see http://www.lilianasrestaurant.com/Musicians.htm#Ken_Wheaton

Jim Erickson – piano jazz @ Louisianne's
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jim Erickson
Music: Clubs: jazz piano

When: 12/04/14 @ 6:00pm
Cost: Free
Call: 608-831-1929
Web: ericksongs.com

More Information:
Jim Erickson will be playing jazz piano Thursday nights. 6 pm, no cover.

Usually closed on Thanksgiving.

No shows 12/25 & 1/1.

Louisianne’s, Etc., Middleton
7464 Hubbard Ave. , Middleton , WI 53562


Jazz Jam @ Zuzu Cafe
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jazz Jam

Zuzu Cafe 1336 Drake St., Madison, Wisconsin 53715

7-9 pm Thursdays. All jazz performers are welcome.

LocationZuzu Cafe 1336 Drake St., Madison, Wisconsin 53715 View Map

Phone 608-260-9898


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