Featured Events

  • September 23rd, 2017 – Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

    Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation. This electrifying, one-night-only event includes classic works paired with newly arranged jazz versions and a selection from Marsalis’ own “Swing Symphony.” This versatile 15-member orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and commissioned works to rare...

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  • September 28th, 2017 – UW Black Music Ensemble

    UW-Madison’s Black Music Ensemble is a student-run organization exclusively performing the music of black artists from many time periods and styles, ranging from swing to funk to bebop to hip hop. 8:30pm at Wisconsin Union Theater Frederic March Play Circle. Free admission.

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  • October 1st, 2017 – West End Jazz Band presented by the Madison Jazz Society

    The Breakwater will host the opening of the MJS’s 2017-18 jazz series with the West End Jazz Band. The West End Jazz Band has recreated the classic music that typifies the twenties and thirties using original arrangements and instrumentation that is true to the style of the era. The repertoire of West End consists...

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  • October 6th, 2017 – Johannes Wallmann’s “Love Wins” Suite

    Co-produced by the Madison Music Collective, Wisconsin Union Theater and the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, the Fall 2017 InDIGenous series will kick off with the presentation of Wallmann’s composition “Love Wins.” This new suite was inspired by the experience that Johannes and his husband had as co-plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit that resulted in...

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Jazz Calendar

John Vitale (guitar), Marilyn Fisher (vocals), and Ken Kuehl (bass) @ Liliana's Restaurant
Sep 26 @ 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
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Tues-Wed @ Louisianne’s 6-9 pm


Five Points Jazz Collective @ Mason Lounge
Sep 26 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 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 Nomad World Pub
Sep 26 @ 9:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 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
Sep 26 @ 10:00 pm – Sep 27 @ 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)
Sep 27 @ 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
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Tues-Wed @ Louisianne’s 6-9 pm


Gypsy Swing Open Jam @ Brocach Irish Pub-Monroe Street
Sep 27 @ 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

Jon Wade Jazz Trio
Sep 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles @ Brink Lounge
Sep 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Joe Smith and the Spicy Pickles Jazz Band is a Denver-based vintage jazz band devoted to revitalizing swing music and dance. This small group style band packs a punch of power, personality, and wit into each show, intriguing generations new and old with the beloved charm of big band swing from the 1930’s-1940’s. This nationally touring group plays 100+ shows each year across the US. They will release their third studio album Gin & Moonlight on September 15th, and will be touring the US in the fall of 2017.

Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles has played at jazz festivals and concert series across the United States, and in 2017 alone, has opened for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Davina and the Vagabonds. The band’s 2014 music video “Movin’ Groovy” won 1st place at the Seattle Jazz Dance Film Festival. Their original music has been used in commercials internationally, including Leo Vegas (Sweden) and Visit Seattle (USA), and they have recently had music featured in major motion picture The Killing of a Sacred Deer directed by Yorgos Lanthimos that won best screenplay at Cannes Film Festival 2017.

$10 cover

Ken Wheaton (acoustic guitar) @ Liliana's Restaurant
Sep 28 @ 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
Sep 28 @ 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


Mambo Blue
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Jam @ Zuzu Cafe
Sep 28 @ 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

Madison Jazz Orchestra @ Brink Lounge
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Madison Jazz Orchestra

$5. Lats Thursdays most months. Sets at 7:30 and 9 pm.

Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Suite 105, Madison, Wisconsin 53703 View Map


– See more at: http://www.isthmus.com/events/madison-jazz-orchestra_1/#sthash.uJoIJPwY.dpuf

Jon Wade Duo @ Madison's
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Pianist Jon Wade takes the stage each Thursday night in this new jazz series at Madison’s. No cover charge.

Richard Hildner, Nick Moran, Tony Barba & Juancho Martinez
Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Thursdays: Latin Jazz Session

CODA celebrates the contemporary and explosive sounds of the Latin jazz idiom featuring Richard Hildner, Nick Moran, Tony Barba and Juancho Martinez each week. The evening will highlight these local Latin jazz luminaries coming together, sometimes joined by others, to make magic moments of Latin rhythms and melodies. A Latin dance lesson at 8:00 begins the evening followed by live music. Cover $5

UW Black Music Ensemble
Sep 28 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

UW-Madison’s Black Music Ensemble is a student-run organization exclusively performing the music of black artists from many time periods and styles, ranging from swing to funk to bebop to hip hop. Free admission. https://union.wisc.edu/events-and-activities/event-calendar/event/black-music-ensemble-4/

Wilder Deitz Group @ Memorial Union Terrace
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Wilder Deitz Group is a Madison-based ensemble specializing in improvisational music based in jazz, groove, and folk traditions.

Cliff Frederiksen (guitar) and Johnny Widdicombe (bass)
Sep 29 @ 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


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