Jackie Allen and Company

Jackie Allen

A really enjoyable podcast of  Jackie Allen’s concert from last September was just published on Mad Toast Live (a treasure trove of concert recordings). The concert was presented by Madison Music Collective, Mad Toast Live, the Improvisational Music Workshop, Janus Galleries, Ward-Brodt Music, Isthmus, WORT-FM, and The Brink Lounge. Jackie Allen on vocals Hans Sturm […]

Legendary Bassist Eddie Gomez in Concert on April 5th at The Brink Lounge

Thanks to the efforts of Rodrigo Villanueva and Elizabeth Brink, the Midwest tour by multi-Grammy winner and master bassist Eddie Gomez will stop in Madison on Saturday, April 5th, at The Brink Lounge. Best known for his 11 years with the legendary Bill Evans Trio, where he played an integral role in the Trio’s sound […]

Special Discount Offer for the Overture Center’s “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” Concert

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With a world-class line-up that includes vocalist Karrin Allyson, clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Larry Grenadier, and Clarence Penn on drums, the Overture Center’s 3/28/14 “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” concert may well be the high point of a very strong Spring jazz season. And now, through […]

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

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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 […]

Thanks, Overture

I received an envelope from Overture today and inside were my free tickets to the Oct 3rd Tiempo Libre concert. Last week I received an email from Overture explaining how I could choose tickets from one of several shows because the Bebel Gilberto concert did not meet their standards. If you attended the show and Overture […]

Bebel, I’m sorry, too


I play in a guitar-sax duo with Chris Bucheit and we do our fair share of bossa nova: Jobim, Gilberto, Getz, that kind of stuff. When Chris asked if I wanted to hear Bebel Gilberto in concert I said sure. My brief internet search turned up a chill, electronic version of her father’s music. I expected […]