The Packers effect on Madison jazz

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You might not think the Packers have anything to do with the Madison jazz scene, but they do. Take a look at the jazz calendar for tomorrow. This full schedule is caused by the Packers success. How is that? The Packers profoundly affect scheduling of jazz events. No one wants to compete against the Packers, especially when they’re returning […]

Thank you, Howard Landsman

I just came home from a Sneak Peek preview event of this Saturday’s Mary Lou Williams concert. Wow! If you can still find tickets get em! Beautiful music, great musicians. And it’s time someone publicly thanked and recognized Howard Landsman, Chairman of the Mary Lou Centennial Committee. The amount of energy and time he’s committed; […]

Who is Tierney Sutton?

“Who is Tierney Sutton?” That’s what I wondered when finding out she was headlining this weekend’s Isthmus Jazz Festival. I hadn’t heard of her. I checked out material at the Memorial Union site, and some of her Youtube videos , but it wasn’t until I found the article excerpted below that I felt I had a better answer to […]

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: Sleepy Jazz?

This Thursday a group calling itself the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour comes to the Overture Center. The all-star group includes recent grammy winner Kurt Elling, jazz icon Kenny Baron, violinist Regina Carter, and guitarist Russell Malone, backed by bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Johnathan Blake. I saw Kurt Elling at the Capitol theater a few years back and he […]

Help save MATC’s Mitby Theater

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Yesterday’s Wisconsin State Journal has another article about MATC’s plans to tear down the Mitby theater. MATC officials have changed their mind about discontinuing applied and fine arts at the Truax campus, but they are still pressing forward with plans to tear down the 1000 seat Mitby theater and replace it  with a welcome center. Apparently the plans to […]

Is jazz dead? The “Whither Jazz” Isthmus article

Yesterday’s Isthmus ran a story, “Whither jazz? Musicians search for venues in Madison.” The writer, Jessica Steinhoff, notes the changes at the Concourse Bar and the Hilton, and is surprised, “more people haven’t stepped up their attendance and asked the hotels to keep the music coming.” She says, “it’s tempting to question the genre’s relevance if […]

Isthmus Jazz Festival – inside or outside?

Around this time of year it’s easy to get worn down by winter.  In order to deal with it some people focus on upcoming spring vacations to warmer areas. Others look at seed catalogs. I take vitamin D (don’t get me talking about vitamin D or I might not shut up, oh OK, here’s a snippet: 2000 units daily, […]

The Secret of Jazz Appeal

This is the third article of a 4 part series addressing audience development. The first two articles were “Looking to the future – become a jazz mentor” and, “Exposure to jazz is not enough.” How do we keep jazz relevant to the young without watering it down?  Find a way to make jazz cool; give it a marketing […]