June 2018
Dear Jazz Community Members – June ushers in the 31 st Isthmus Jazz Festival (6/1-6/10) , which this year will be a jazzy city-wide celebration.  This greatly upgraded festival format allows a wider variety of jazz to be shown and celebrated at venues all around the city, including a Strollin' event (6/8) on State Street.  Among the pantheon of celebrated jazz musicians at the festival, the great Chicago-based trumpeter Corey Wilkes has been added to the “Gospel Jazz” concert (6/3) .  Several summer concert series start this month too, including Olbrich Summer Concerts in the Garden (6/19-8/14) ; Behind the Beat at the UW Terrace (6/1-8/24) and the annual Allen Centennial Garden Concert Series (6/24-9/2) .

This is the start of the great Madison outdoor jazz migration.  Celebrate the season and listen to live jazz in its natural habitat.

All events listed in a deep red font are those presented by the Jazz Consortium and its partners.   Check our online calendar, www.jazzinmadison.org/jazz-calendar , for a comprehensive daily listing of jazz gigs all around our community.



6/1 to 6/10:  2018 ISTHMUS JAZZ FESTIVAL.  The Isthmus Jazz Festival takes a fresh new approach this year with a 10 day long, multi-venue celebration of jazz.  Events will be both free and ticketed and include a staggering variety of jazz-inspired programs throughout Madison.   The ticketed events are so noted, with all other events being free admission. The Memorial Union Terrace events are produced by the Wisconsin Union Theater with the Jazz Consortium producing the off-campus events.

                 Lisa Link Peace Park Outdoor Student Stage – 452 State Street
                           : The Aiden Stier Quartet @ 5pm
                           : Isaac Surprenant, Ian DeWet, Eric Schirtzinger Trio @ 6pm

                  Overture Center’s Promenade Hall – 201 State Street
                           : 2 Broads 1 Band @ 5pm
                           : Barbacoa @ 6:30pm

                  Wisconsin Historical Museum – 30 N. Carroll Street
                           : The Sandhill Crane Quartet @ 5:30pm
                           : The Ray Rideout Quartet @ 7pm

                   Fair Trade Coffee – 418 State Street
                            : H2 @ 6:30pm
                            : Jon Wade @ 8pm

                    Nick’s Restaurant – 226 State Street
                             : Louka Patenaude Trio @ 7pm
                             : UW Jazz Faculty Showcase @ 9:30pm

                     Parthenon Gyros – 316 State Street
                             : Samba Novistas @ 7:30pm

6/1:  BETSY EZELL QUINTET at BEHIND THE BEAT JAZZ SERIES.  The quintet blends innovation with a classic jazz vibe--swing and soul, blues and bossa nova, reimagined standards and funky originals.  The quintet features Betsy Ezell on vocals, Becca May Grant on keyboards, Richard Hildner on guitar, Laurie Lang on bass and Jim Huwe on drums and will be part of the UW’s Terrace After Dark series.  UW Memorial Union Terrace,  5-7pm. 800 Langdon St. Free admission.
6/2:  GORAN IVANOVIC TRIO at NORTH STREET CABARET.  One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Chicago, guitarist Ivanovic has built a career upon exploration of classical, jazz and flamenco music. As Jeff Elbel wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, “The trio is recognized for their members individual virtuosity, but they show particular excellence as a unit able to stop on a dime and twist gracefully through the trickiest hairpin turns.North Street Cabaret, 610 North Street.  8pm. $22 tickets.
6/3:  THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS SESSION.  This is a full day event featuring several jazz performances including Chicago’s The Fat Babies (11am); Modern Sounds with Joel Paterson (2:30pm); Josh Harty, Mary Gaines & Chris Wagoner (12pm) and Goran Ivanovic Trio (1:30pm).    McPike Park, 202 Ingersoll St. 11am to 9pm. Free admission.
6/8:  PLUGGED IN & SCRAP METAL HORNS at BEHIND THE BEAT JAZZ SERIES.  Madison's newest eleven-piece band covers 60 years of jazz, R&B, and horn-rock.  From Santana to St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Dusty Springfield to Ray LaMontagne, and Chicago to Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, it all comes together with PI&SMH.  UW Memorial Union Terrace.  5-7pm.  800 Langdon St.  Free admission.
6/16:  JAZZ IN THE PARK.  Sponsored by the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association, Jazz in the Park is a 27 year annual event hosting live jazz in Wingra Park. The event includes Arts & Crafts; Kids Activities and live jazz.  801 Knickerbocker St. 3-9pm. Free admission.
6/17:  BROKEN SHADOWS AT ARTS + LITERATURE LABORATORY.  Broken Shadows, a new project featuring four world-class musicians hailing from the urban northern half of America – Tim Berne (sax), Chris Speed (clarinet/sax), Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) have banded together to reinterpret the timeless sounds of great men from the rural South and heartland of the country: Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Dewey Redman and Charlie Haden.  8pm. ALL, 2021 Winnebago.  Tickets $20 advance; $25 at the door.
6/17:  MADISON JAZZ JAM.  In its new home at the North Street Cabaret, the Madison Jazz Jam’s second session for June will highlight Lester Young’s “Lester Leaps In” and Cole Porter’s “Night and Day.”  The house band will feature Dave Cooper on trumpet; Dave Stoler on keyboards; John Schaffer on bass and Joey Banks on drums. 610 North St., 4pm.  Free admission, however, donations are accepted.
6/18:  MATEUSZ SMOCZYSNKI at NORTH STREET CABARET.  World renowned jazz violinist Mateusz Smoczysnki will make his Madison debut performance (and jam with The New Breed at 8:30p) at the North Street Cabaret.  Mr. Smoczysnki has received numerous awards and scholarships and has been an active member of the Grammy winning Turtle Island Quartet.  610 North Street, 7pm. Free admission to the 7pm show, $5 for the 8:30p jam.
6/19 & 6/22:  CARAVAN GYPSY SWING ENSEMBLE to play at both the OLBRICH SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN and at BEHIND THE BEAT JAZZ SERIES on the UW Memorial Terrace.  First enjoy hot gypsy jazz in one the most beautiful settings in Madison – the Olbrich Gardens. Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave.  7pm. $2 donation suggested.   On the 22nd  the Caravan will take Gypsy Jazz in a broad range of directions.  UW Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St.  5-7pm. Free admission.
6/23:  PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE’S LARGE UNIT at WILMAR CENTER.  Presented by Arts + Literature Laboratory, Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit burst into life at the Molde Jazz festival July 2013 and has since toured Norway and played festivals all over Europe.  Consisting of mostly younger Norwegian musicians, Large Unit manifests as an intense powerhouse force on stage, but also veers into more subtle and textural passages.  953 Jenifer St., 8pm. Tickets $20 advance; $25 at the door.
6/24:  MAJOR VISTAS at ALL.  Arts + Literature Laboratory’s New Music Series continues the last Sunday of every month featuring some of Madison’s finest jazz musicians and composers exploring and navigating their own original music.  The 3rd concert in this series will highlight trio Major Vistas, formed in 2015, with the shared goal of writing and performing melodic, soulful and dynamic instrumental music that blends Jazz and Rock.  2021 Winnebago St., 7pm. $7 in advance, $10 at the door.
6/24:  GOLPE TIERRA at ALLEN CENTENNIAL GARDEN.  The irresistible acoustic groove of Golpe Tierra will kick off the 2nd Summer Sunday concert series at ACG.  Nick Moran, Juan Tomas Martinez, Tony Barba, and Richard Hildner make up this guerrilla-style ensemble, employing the traditional Afro-Peruvian guitar-bass-cajón set-up. The group embarks on a musical journey throughout Latin-America, flirting with blues, jazz, and shades of soul. Allen Centennial Garden, 620 Babcock Dr., 5pm.  Free admission & nearby parking.  Bring a chair for comfort.
6/29:  TWIN TALK AT ALL .  Chicago-based improvisational jazz trio Twin Talk, features drummer Andrew Green, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, and bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst.  The three musicians have an affinity for melody and nuance, but the fabled Chicago tradition of adventurous improvised music has had its effect on the band.   Arts + Literature Laboratory , 2021 Winnebago St., 8pm.  Tickets $12 advance, $15 at the door.
6/29:  JON HOEL TRIO at BEHIND THE BEAT JAZZ SERIES .  Featuring Jon Hoel on sax; Ben Ferris on bass and Kelby Kryshak on drums, the trio is one of Madison's hardest working jazz groups. Playing originals and seldom-played standards, the group focuses on exploring the jazz idiom, sometimes pushing the limits and other times staying deep in the pocket.   UW Memorial Union Terrace , 800 Langdon St.  5-7pm. Free admission.

SUMMER JAZZ ON THE UW MEMORIAL UNION TERRACE .  The Wisconsin Union’s “Terrace After Dark” series is now in full swing, with a summer-long line-up of Friday evening gigs, 5:00 – 7:00 PM, by local and regional jazz performers.  After the June gigs noted above, the series continues through 8/10.

  • 7/6: Charlie Painter Trio
  • 7/13: Wilder Deitz Singers
  • 7/20: Ben Ferris Trio
  • 7/27: Mal-O-Dua
  • 8/3: Nick Moran Trio
  • 8/10: The Goodie Two Shoes

Aside from the Isthmus Jazz Festival performances on 6/2 and 6/9, there’ll be two other noteworthy jazz concerts on the Terrace this summer.

  • 8/11 (9:00 PM): Panchromatic Steel
  • 8/17 (9:00 PM): Mama Digdown’s Brass Band
FOUR MADISON SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS TO HOST FALL 2018 JAZZ RESIDENCIES .  Madison Jazz Society (MJS) has chosen two elementary and two middle school music teachers to host jazz residencies in the Fall 2018 semester: Amy Kazda (general music teacher at Lapham and Marquette Elementary), Nate Wewetzer (general music teacher at Gompers Elementary), Carol Jenkins (orchestra teacher at Jefferson Middle), and Gavin Garrett (general music and band teacher at Toki Middle).  This will bring to 24 the number of jazz residencies supported through this program (developed by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and now managed by MJS). These residencies are made possible through grants to MJS from Dane Arts, the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA), and the Jazz Consortium, and – for the Lapham-Marquette residency – a gift from Alex Squitieri (in memory of his mother, Helen, a long-time piano teacher who was a huge Art Tatum fan and studied with Darius Brubeck).  If you’d consider following Mr. Squitieri’s lead in making a charitable gift to support a future jazz residency, contact MJS’ program coordinator Susan Fox, susanmfox777@gmail.com .
CAFÉ CODA UPDATE.  In case you missed it, the Wisconsin State Journal’s Samara Kalk Derby reported some promising news about the rebirth of Hanah Jon Taylor’s jazz club, Café CODA.   
http://host.madison.com/wsj/entertainment/dining/restaurants/paintbar-closes-jazz-club-hopes-to-find-its-groove-in/article_b5d32eab-dcfc-5671-bd5d-0d20b2f6b9dd.html .

inDIGenous JAZZ COMPILATION ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE.  The Jazz Consortium marked the completion of the 9 th season of inDIGenous JAZZ original music concerts with the release of a new CD containing 8 live tracks spanning Spring 2015 – Fall 2017.  Recorded live by Bear Sound’s Andy LaValley, the album features one tune each from the concerts by Nuggernaut, the Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble, Paul Hastil Quartet, Tony Castañeda Latin Jazz Band, Dave Stoler Quartet, Major Vistas, the Anders Svanoe Trio, and Eric Siereveld’s Organic Quintet.  The CD will be available for purchase at Isthmus Jazz Festival events, and the album – as well as individual tracks – can be ordered as digital downloads via Bandcamp at https://gmjc.bandcamp.com/releases , where tracks can be sampled prior to purchase.
PAUL DIETRICH’S CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN REACHES GOAL.  Congratulations to Madison-based trumpeter-arranger-composer-bandleader Paul Dietrich on completing a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production of his first big band album.  The album will feature Paul’s 17-piece ensemble, with the renowned drummer Clarence Penn as a special guest, performing Paul’s original compositions including the four-movement suite, “Forward,” commissioned by the Jazz Consortium’s Artistic Development Program and premiered last November as part of the inDIGenous JAZZ concert series.  Paul’s DIY campaign attracted 97 donors who gave a total of $7,815. It’s a great example of how an entrepreneurial artist with a compelling case can attract support for their projects without having to work through an established organization.
MUSICIANS WANTED FOR STOUGHTON “MUSIC APPRECIATION PROGRAM.”  Program founder, retired music teacher John Beutel, invites local musicians to participate in the upcoming Fall Season to be held at the historic Stoughton Opera House.  The program is sponsored by the Stoughton Area Senior Center and covers a wide variety of music appreciation. The one hour classes are held on Monday afternoons at 3pm.  Negotiated stipends are available. Contact: gardensong1943@gmail.com .  
SUMMER SUNDAYS AT THE ALLEN CENTENNIAL GARDEN.   This delightful concert series in the English Garden at UW’s lovely Allen Centennial Garden returns for 2018 and will feature several local jazz artists including Caroloyn  Schwartz Black with Cliff Frederiksen Quartet (7/8); Tommy Mattioli Latin Jazz (7/22); Johannes Wallmann Quartet (8/5); Michael BB Quartet (8/19) and the Stellanovas (9/2). There’ll be blanket seating up front and lawn seating available, or you can just listen while strolling the gorgeous gardens.  Families are especially welcome. The jazz part of this series runs through 9/2.  5:00 PM, corner of Observatory and Babcock Drives.  Free admission.
“BETWEEN THE WAVES MUSIC CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL” DATES AND DISCOUNT.  The 2018 Between The Waves Music Conference and Festival is shaping up to be a uniquely rich educational opportunity for independent musicians.  The conference will be held at the Gordon Events Center on the UW Madison campus, Thursday, June 14th through Sunday, June 17th and offers an immersive experience built on inspiration, education, networking, and support.  The festival will take place at Bos Meadery; The Brink Lounge and the High Noon Saloon and feature performances covering several musical styles. Registration fees are deeply discounted: Student Registration – free; Standard Registration $89 now $45 and VIP Registration $129 now $65.  http://www.btwmadison.com/ 2018/conference/schedule.


Last month, we announced the five winners of new grants from the Jazz Consortium’s Artistic Development Program that helps bring to life creative new projects by our community’s jazz musicians.  This month, we feature drummer Michael Brenneis’ project, “Plutonium: An Industrial Abstraction for Jazz Musicians,” a suite being composed by Michael for performance by his new 8-piece instrumental ensemble, Consolidated Implement.  The ensemble will be an unusual combination of a brass-type band and the Gil Evans/Miles Davis Birth of the Cool-type Nonet, with the members performing on clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpet, tenor trombone, tuba, upright bass, and drum set, but no piano or any other chordal instrument.  Michael’s project will culminate in a recording of this new suite and a public concert this coming Fall.

This will be a thematic project consisting of musings on – and bearing witness to – global industrialization, its effects, some major turning points, small or large events, repercussions, and resistance, with the music speaking for itself (i.e., no verbal advocacy or protest).  While the theme is serious, Michael says the music will be accessible to all listeners and enjoyable on many levels. He describes it as a chamber suite for jazz musicians in the vein of Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, or Dave Douglas, combining composed and improvisational elements and including new harmonic ideas along with some of Michael’s tried-and-true techniques.  He hopes listeners will be drawn to the music’s feeling rather than the underlying techniques.

While Michael has considerable experience performing his own compositions, this will be the largest group for which he plays the role of composer, conductor, and performer, and will provide a chance for him to develop his understanding of the needs and capabilities of the various wind instruments and performers.  These are exactly the sorts of challenges that the Jazz Consortium had in mind when launching the Artistic Development Program in 2017.

LAURIE FELLENZ TO LEAD STATEWIDE SCHOOL MUSIC ASSOCIATION.  On July 1 st , Laurie Fellenz, the Madison school district’s awesome Arts Education Coordinator since 2010 and a Jazz Consortium board member since its birth in 2012, will become Executive Director of the Wisconsin School Music Association - Wisconsin Music Educators Association - Wisconsin Foundation for School Music.

Over the years, Laurie has been a terrific partner with many local arts organizations and has been a key leader in the launch of Any Given Child Madison , a City-MMSD-Overture partnership supported by the Kennedy Center and aimed at ensuring equitable access to high-quality arts education for all MMSD students.  A nationally-recognized arts education leader, Laurie has also been serving on the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Advisory Committee.

On the jazz front, Laurie has been instrumental in launching and ramping up the Jazz Residency program established by the Jazz Consortium and now managed by Madison Jazz Society, while helping infuse jazz into programs like the district’s Strings Festival during its 50 th anniversary year.  In addition, Laurie and Johannes Wallmann have been effectively partnering to elevate and sustain the now-annual Madison High School Jazz Festival.  Laurie has also played a key role in facilitating outreach programs in Madison’s schools by touring jazz artists who perform concerts in Madison, and was a major force in enabling Madison’s Mary Lou Williams Centennial programming to extend into the district’s schools.

In her new position, Laurie (who spent her entire 27-year teaching and public school career in the Madison district) now has a chance to help address our state’s critical shortage of music teachers.  We know Laurie will do her typically stellar job for music education across Wisconsin, and wish her well with deep gratitude for her great service to our community.

Jul. 27 – SCOTT FIELDS TRIO, at the Arts + Literature Laboratory, http://artlitlab.org/

Aug. 8-Sept. 5 – JAZZ AT FIVE.  Wednesday evenings, 5-8pm.  http://jazzatfive.org/about-jazz-at-five/

Sept. 14-15: MIDWEST GYPSY SWING FEST LATE-SUMMER EDITION, Art in the Barn, in Fitchburg, line-up to be posted at http://midwestgypsyswingfest.com/.  
Oct. 12 – KENNY G at Capitol Theater at the Overture Center. http://www.overture.org/events/kenny-g?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=180428KennyGAnnounce&utm_content=version_A
Oct. 14 – PAT METHENY at Wisconsin Union Theater, Shannon Hall.  https://union.wisc.edu/index.php/events-and-activities/event-calendar/event/pat-metheny/

Oct. 25 – E. FAYE BUTLER’s Songbook of Jazz.  Capitol Theater at the Overture Center.  http://www.overture.org/events/e-faye-butler

This newsletter is a production of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, a 501(c)(3) community-supported coalition of local nonprofit jazz presenters (Madison Jazz Society, Madison Music Collective, Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, and Wisconsin Union Theater), educational institutions (Mead Witter School of Music at UW-Madison, and Madison Metropolitan School District Arts Education), supportive media (WORT-FM) and individuals, with additional support from media partners Isthmus, Wisconsin Public Radio, and the Capital City Hues.   In 2018, the Consortium’s work is made possible by generous grants from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, American Girl’s Fund for Children, Dane Arts (with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation and the Wisconsin Arts Board), as well as by vital support from business sponsors of Jazz Consortium programs and charitable gifts from individuals like you, our readers.  Contributions can be made online at http://jazzinmadison.org/donate/ or by snail mail to PO Box 406, Madison, WI 53701.

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