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  • Artistic Development Grant Program 2018

    GREATER MADISON JAZZ CONSORTIUM’S ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS INTRODUCTION The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC) has raised $10,000 to launch a pilot program that supports the efforts of local jazz musicians to create and present engaging new projects.  This program is part of GMJC’s effort to encourage our local jazz musicians to...

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  • Jazz Musicians: Apply for a Spot In The 2018 “inDIGenous” Jazz Concert Series

    The Madison Music Collective is planning a fourth year of InDIGenous Jazz concerts that showcase music composed and performed by Greater Madison’s finest jazz musicians.  Once again, the Spring series will be presented at Madison Public Library’s central branch while the Fall series will return to the UW Memorial Union’s Play Circle.  For each...

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  • December 15th, 2017 – Fareed Haque

    Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, Haque’s unique command of the guitar and different musical styles combine tradition and fearless innovation. He has performed and recorded with notable artists such as Howard Levy, Paquito D’Rivera, Joe Henderson, and Danilo Pérez, and in 2009 he was named “Best World Guitarist” by Guitar Player magazine. Haque...

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  • December 17th, 2017 – Chris Speed, Dave King, Chris Tordini Trio

    Arts+Literature Laboratory brings this dynamic trio to Madison in support of their new album Platinum on Tap, released on the Intakt label. The Chicago Reader describes the trio’s music as “seamlessly connect their abiding love and respect for jazz tradition with an inherent interest in pushing the music forward.” Chris Speed is a composer,...

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  • January 7th, 2018 – Rebirth Brass Band

    New Orleans’ preeminent brass band! Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Their album “Rebirth of New Orleans” earned them the title of the first brass band ever to win a Grammy, reaching...

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  • January 14th, 2018 – GMJC’s Winter Jazz Festival

    Come celebrate the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium by attending our Winter Jazz Festival at North Street Cabaret on Sunday, January 14 from 6-10pm. The event features performances by talented local jazz ensembles. Major Vistas will kick off the evening with melodic, soulful and dynamic instrumental music. Mike Weiser, Chris Bucheit, and Geoff Brady form...

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Jazz Calendar

Dec
15
Fri
Bob Kerwin Quartet
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jazz by Kevin Adler – drums, Peter Weil – bass, Phil Porembski – keys, Bob Kerwin – sax. Get there early for lounge seating (the music is hard to hear in the main dining room). No cover.

Doug Brown (guitar) and Lo Marie (vocals) @ Liliana's
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Hanson Family Jazz Band` @ Liliana's Restaurant
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Hanson Family Jazz Band has been playing in the Madison area since 1981. The original band performed at the Hanson’s Family Jazz Restaurant and continued playing after the restaurant closed in 1984. The original band was lead by Gene Hanson and featured his wife Betty on vocals.

Today, the band features original members (and brothers) Erik (drums) and David (piano) Hanson, along with David’s daughter Melissa Thorson-Hanson on vocals, singing the songs that her grandmother sang in the band before her passing in 2006.

The Hanson Family Jazz Band tradition continues today with the current band – playing a variety of jazz standards.

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

Johnny Chimes
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Phone
608-831-1929

Lulu Quintet
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Lulu Quintet plays “gypsy swing” standards, swing from the Django notebook with guitar, clarinet, mandolin, upright bass and accordion.

Fareed Haque & His Funk Brothers
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sfyria Trio @ Arts + Literature Laboratory
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Sfyria Trio is a free-improvising band comprised of Sam Decker on saxophone, Charlie Kirchen on bass, and Matt Carroll on drums. The group constructs music out of fragmentary melodic motifs and the wide timbral affordances of each instrument, resulting in moody, delicately textured improvisations that navigate a variety of sonic worlds.

Show at 8pm, doors at 7:30. Tickets $8 in advance at https://sfyria.bpt.me or $10 at the door.

Dec
16
Sat
Dave Larson Jazz Quintet
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Live jazz.

Johnny Chimes
Dec 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Phone
608-831-1929

Johnny Widdicombe (bass) +
Dec 16 @ 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

Johnny Widdicombe (bass) + Stan Godfriaux (piano)
Dec 16 @ 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

Christmas Jam for Freedom @ Stamm House
Dec 16 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Join the Betsy Ezell Quartet for a night of acoustic holiday tunes, swinging jazz and soulful originals to raise funds for Dressember, a movement of women wearing dresses in December to raise awareness and funds to end human trafficking around the world. Featuring Becca May Grant on keys, Laurie Lang on bass, and Jim Huwe on drums. Suggested donation $10.

Dec
17
Sun
Cliff Frederiksen – guitar @ Liliana's Restaurant
Dec 17 @ 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

MidTown Jazz @ Sequoya Library
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Dixieland to Bebop and beyond, MidTown Jazz is an improvisational group playing several forms of jazz.

Sequoya Public Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison.  1:30pm.  Free admission.

Madison Jazz Jam
Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Madison Jazz Jam now meets at The Rigby, 119 E. Main St. We have a room on the second floor with a stage and great sight lines.

We’ll continue to have the same great bands, music, fun, and camaraderie. See our website at www.madisonjazzjam.org for a schedule listing house band members for each session, a description of the jam, and for first set jammers, the designated tune for that week.

Chris Speed, Dave King, Chris Tordini Trio
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

On Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 8pm, the Chris Speed, Dave King, Chris Tordini Trio performs at ALL in support of their new album Platinum on Tap on the Intakt label. Tickets $20 in advance at http://speedkingtordini.bpt.me or $25 at the door. Online sales end one hour before performance. Doors open at 7:30pm.

Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, reed player Chris Speed has been one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene. His work has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music. With the formation of this excellent trio with drummer Dave King (The Bad Plus) and bassist Chris Tordini he’s sort of reversed direction. The is a group returning from other explorations to work deep within the jazz tradition, bringing everything else they’ve learned back in. What is most compelling about this music is the incorporation of early jazz styles in a way that is direct and deeply felt. The music is joyful and generous and Speed has an uncanny knack for coming up with tunes that can create a whole world of emotions and formal possibilities behind an often catchy melodic surface.

The Chicago Reader tagged their debut album “Really OK” as “one of the best jazz records of the year” and noted the trio “seamlessly connecting their abiding love and respect for jazz tradition with an inherent interest in pushing the music forward.”

Dec
19
Tue
John Vitale (guitar), Marilyn Fisher (vocals), and Ken Kuehl (bass) @ Liliana's Restaurant
Dec 19 @ 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
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Tues-Wed @ Louisianne’s 6-9 pm

Phone
608-831-1929

Darren Sterud Orchestra, Beloit Memorial Jazz Orchestra
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Darren Sterud Orchestra Presents: DUKE ELLINGTON’S NUTCRACKER SUITE

The DSO returns with a holiday favorite! The band is proud to once again present the music from Duke Ellington’s take on Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker Suite.

The first time Duke Ellington decided to devote an entire album to arrangements of another composer’s works instead of his own, he chose Tchaikovsky. The result was a 1960 Ellington orchestra recording of the “Nutcracker Suite,” arranged by Duke and Billy Strayhorn. The ever-ambitious Darren Sterud and his orchestra will present this version of the suite in its entirety, along with performances of other popular Christmas tunes featuring vocalist Megan Moran and a special arrangement of “Merry Christmas Baby” by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

This year the band will present this classic at the Brink Lounge at 701 E. Washington Ave. Their full menu of food, wine and cocktails will be available so you can enjoy your dinner and happy hour with us!

Opening the evening will be the award winning high school jazz ensemble, The Beloit Memorial Jazz Orchestra playing a mix of other Ellington classics as well as other big band standards.

https://dsterudmusic.weebly.com/biography.html

Doors @ 6 pm

Performance begins at 6:30.

Phillip Sudderberg, Jacob Wick, & Andrew Clinkman @ Arts + Literature Laboratory
Dec 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Chicago improvisers Phillip Sudderberg (drums), Jacob Wick (trumpet) and Andrew Clinkman (guitar) perform at 8pm (doors at 7:30pm). $8 advance tickets available online at https://sudderberg.bpt.me or $10 at the door. Online sales end 1 hour before the show.

 

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