My Very Fun Week Ahead

Adventures in Big Band Jazz poster

Rand was the house drummer at the Madison Jazz Jam on Sunday and could hardly contain his excitement about his upcoming dream week performing in the LA Jazz Institute’s festival, ” Adventures in Big Band Jazz.” The festival includes Terry Gibb’s Dream Band Stan Kenton’s Mellophonium Adventures Woody Herman Sixties Herd Alumni Reunion Maynard Ferguson […]

Richard Davis on WPT tonight

Richard Davis

We just received the following message from the outstanding Madison-based documentary filmmaker Chuck France (producer and director of the pioneering 1982 film, “Jazz in Exile”, and currently a Wisconsin Public TV producer and videographer). This should be an excellent and most timely program, coming as it does in the wake of Richard Davis’ (long-overdue) recognition […]

UW Jazz is Big Winner in Eau Claire

Johannes Wallmann

Two School of Music Jazz ensembles directed by Assistant Professor Johannes Wallmann were recognized at the 47th annual Eau Claire Jazz Festival on April 9th.  The UW Contemporary Jazz Ensemble won first place in the college combo category (out of ten participating bands), and the UW Jazz Orchestra was the runner-up in the college big […]

Jeff Peronto Obituary and Visitation Schedule

Photo_Jeff Peronto

Our jazz community lost one of its icons, Jeff Peronto, earlier this week. Here is the obituary that appears on the Cress Funeral Services website. It includes schedule info for the visitation and burial service as well as a suggestion for direction of gifts in his memory. ************************************ Madison – Jeffrey Lee Peronto, age 64, […]

Jeff Peronto RIP

Bob Ramsdell, long-time member of the MATC bands led by Jeff, sent out this email this morning: This is to let you all know that Jeff Peronto passed away this morning at 9:12, Tuesday, February 25, 2014. He fought the good race with a strength that most of us could only wish to have. He […]

Dennis Mitcheltree comes to Madison

Today’s article is by guest author Joyce Markle. Heads up! It’s not every day that a great tenor player, well-traveled in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. makes time in his busy tour schedule to visit Madison. Later this week, Los Angeles saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree makes a rare visit to Madison to play three dates with […]

Jazz Benefactor John Peterson passes

The Madison jazz community has lost its greatest benefactor.  John Peterson (of the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation) passed away on September 30th at age 83. Last month his foundation approved a $42000 grant to fund a comprehensive plan for collaboration on a wide range of initiatives to strengthen our community’s jazz scene (including the […]

Madison jazz people news


Guitarist Luke Polipnick has left town for Omaha. Luke will be missed for his playing and his organizational energy and skill. Luke was a regular at jam sessions, played in many bands including a long running Wednesday gig at the Dragon Fly Lounge with Glacier ((Ben Willis, Geoff Brady), and one of the founders of  […]

Gerri’s new Christmas CD

The cover of Gerri DiMaggio's new CD, "It's Coming on Christmas."

Just in time for the holidays Gerri DiMaggio has released a Christmas-themed CD. You can listen to samples and buy it at CD Baby. Here’s Gerri: This THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1st 6:30 to 9:00 at “The Cove” in The Edgewater Hotel we will be celebrating the Holiday’s with the release of the new CD, “It’s Coming […]