About this site

The Madison Jazz Calendar continues to be actively maintained, but we stopped updating the rest of the site in May, 2014. This site was the online hub of the Madison, WI jazz community from 2008-2014, and because it documents many events, concerts, and recordings we have kept the articles online as a historical record of that time. What […]

Madison Jazz Calendar returns

The original Madison Jazz Calendar is back. When updating of the MJ site ceased in spring of 2014 the calendar lost its home. Many jazz fans expressed sadness and longing for it to return. Now, a fully restored calendar listing all local jazz events is back. The Calendar tab above links directly to my new […]

This site is being discontinued

We’ve received terrific feedback about the recent site changes and yet forces beyond our control are now compelling us to discontinue the site. For the future, Madison Jazz will put all its energy into the Madison Jazz Jam. This site will remain up for some time but will no longer be updated. We expect the […]

Live Music at the Bourbon Street Grille

The Bourbon St Grille deck overlooking the Yahara River is a great place to hang out in summer.

I’m pleased to announce that the Bourbon Street Grille will be offering live music this summer on their rooftop overlooking the Yahara River.  The restaurant will be hosting a jazz shows Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  This week’s opening act on May 29th will showcase world-class bassist John Christensen leading a fantastic trio, featuring […]

June 1st jam and other jam news


Like I was saying,  jam sessions are unpredictable.  Last Sunday on a beautiful day during graduation weekend we had 24 jammers, tied for the most ever. We had more drummers than we’ve had in a while, a nice mix of young and older jammers, good music, and lots of fun. We’re looking for the same […]

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 […]

Next jam May 18th, and jam anxiety


Reprinted from Madison Jazz Jam: Our next jazz jam is May 18th and the tune-of-the-week is Gershwin’s, “But Not For Me.” See Michael’s prep notes below. Dan is our educator/saxophonist, Dave Stoler is on piano, Matt Rodgers on bass, and Rand on drums. Our last jam was the 1st beautiful day of spring and …. […]

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 […]