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 […]

Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch photo

Don’t miss jazz trumpet virtuoso Brian Lynch in concert this Thursday with the UW Jazz Orchestra & UW Honors Jazz Band. Brian has been a member of some of jazz’s most storied groups including Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, the Phil Woods Quartet, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, and others. […]

2014 Isthmus Jazz Festival Lineup

Isthmus Jazz Fest logo

The Isthmus Jazz Festival is coming up, June 20 and 21. For the last 7-8 years the festival has been held outdoors on the Union Terrace. For many years before  it was held in multiple rooms concurrently in the old Civic Center. This year’s two day festival combines the best of those worlds. As in […]

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 […]

MMJO: cool jazz, sweet seats

wierd chair

Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra is playing a concert at the historic Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo as part of a benefit fundraiser for the historic theater and the Sauk County Artists Association. The “Sweet Seats” benefit event, sponsored by the Sauk County Artists Association and the Al. Ringling Theatre, will be a fun evening of camaraderie, […]

Sun Prairie High School Presents “A Night of Jazz” with the NIU Jazz Ensemble and Guest Artist Rodney Whitaker

Rodney Whitaker

The best high school jazz program in the Midwest is arguably right here in Dane County, at Sun Prairie High School, under the direction of Steve Sveum. This coming Sunday, 11/24/13, the school continues its ongoing relationship with the outstanding jazz program from Northern Illinois University (NIU), with a day-long clinic and an evening concert […]

Wayne’s Music World: Big Band on campus…and off

The UW Jazz Orchestra

The University of Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra is important. It provides a vital training ground for talented students who will take jazz into the future.  It gives those students a foundation in one of the genre’s root forms while exposing them to the masters of yesterday and, in some cases, the masters of today.   45 years […]

Wayne’s Music World: UW Honors Jazz Band hits right notes…and other thoughts

The UW Honors Jazz Band plays its first gig under Professor Johannes Wallmann.
Photo courtesy Michael R. Anderson

The UW Honors Jazz Band is the best jazz idea in Madison in 2013.  But it isn’t just an idea. These kids can flat-out play.  As a veteran “listener” I’ve listened to a lot of good musical ideas.  They don’t always work.  The UW Honors Jazz Band from the fertile musical mind of Professor Johannes […]

Wayne’s Music World: Listening To Irakere, Terry Gibbs Dream Band and a Big Disappointment


I found a “new” CD called Essential Irakere.  Irakere is the Cuban band that had Chucho Valdes, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval and Oscar Valdes as founding members in the 1970s.  Not too shabby.  Essential Irakere is wonderful Afro-Cuban jazz but be warned that the material has been released at various times on various labels in […]