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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 10th, 2017 – WORT Birthday Bash

    WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio is celebrating their 42nd Birthday at High Noon Saloon from 6 to 9pm. Featured performers include Panchromatic Steel (whose development was supported in part by a grant from the Jazz Consortium’s Artistic Development Program) at 6:15 and Afro-Peruvian jazz from Golpe Tierra at 7:45pm.  New Orleans Takeout will be...

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Jazz Calendar

WORT Birthday Bash with Golpe Tierra and Panchromatic Steel @ High Noon Saloon
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join WORT in celebrating 42 years of Community Radio. We have a wonderful evening of music and food planned to chase away the winter doldrums. Dancing feet will be lured by the steel drum sounds of PANCHROMATIC STEEL at 6:15, and the Afro-Peruvian rhythms of GOLPE TIERRA at 7:45. A delicious dinner will be provided by NEW ORLEANS TAKEOUT, and we will even serve Birthday Cake! Please join us in this great fundraiser to support WORT 89.9 FM Community Radio.

Sponsored by Madison Essentials and 5NINES.

$15 ADV/$20 DOS

More info

Verona High School Jazz Ensembles @ Liliana's Restaurant
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We really love hosting talented young musicians at Liliana’s, and the Verona High School jazz ensembles are such a delight to have with us. They have been playing at Liliana’s since the very beginning, and they’re back again with their beautiful big band jazz standards.

For more information, see http://www.lilianasrestaurant.com/Musicians.htm#Verona High School Jazz Ensembles

John Vitale (guitar), Marilyn Fisher (vocals), and Ken Kuehl (bass) @ Liliana's Restaurant
Dec 12 @ 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 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Tues-Wed @ Louisianne’s 6-9 pm


Five Points Jazz Collective @ Mason Lounge
Dec 12 @ 9:00 pm – Dec 13 @ 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
Dec 12 @ 9:00 pm – Dec 13 @ 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
Dec 12 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 13 @ 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)
Dec 13 @ 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
Dec 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Tues-Wed @ Louisianne’s 6-9 pm


Gypsy Swing Open Jam @ Brocach Irish Pub-Monroe Street
Dec 13 @ 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

Wisconsin School Music Association Annual Book Fair @ Barnes & Noble
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wisconsin School Music Association is having its 7th annual Book Fair on December 14-18.  Purchases you make at any Barnes & Noble, using their Bookfair ID 12235982, will mean a donation of 20% to this worthwhile organization that helps keep school music programs going throughout the state.  This also applies to online  purchases!

Stop by the Madison West Side Barnes & Noble, 7433 Mineral Point Road (just west of West Towne Mall) for great live music from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm on December 14th!  This kickoff event will feature performances by Madison College Big Band and Jazz Combo, Charisma!, Humdingers, Collage Saxophone Quartet, Matt Jordan Piano Studio, and more.

Ken Wheaton (acoustic guitar) @ Liliana's Restaurant
Dec 14 @ 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
Dec 14 @ 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


Alison Margaret Quintet
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sara Bareilles tribute. $7.

Jazz Jam @ Zuzu Cafe
Dec 14 @ 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

The Stellanovas
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

jazz. second thursdays

The Art Brothas
Dec 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Art Brothas are an improv troupe based in Madison.

Everything you see and experience is Unscripted, Un-Rehearsed and Soulfully Birthed.

The Mighty Joe White drumming his grooves while Brota accompanies with his art.

John Christensen will be gracing us with his gift of bass. We will also have another musical guest that will participate with us. Every show has different talent. This makes every one of our shows unique. Join us in a night of Jazz Evolution.

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


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