Gerri DiMaggio at the Capitol Chop House

Not long ago there was only one local upscale restaurant serving up jazz. Things are changing. Take this Friday for instance: the Madison jazz calendar lists drummer Rand Moore and his quartet at Liliana’s, guitarist Cliff Fredericksen with bassist Johhny Widdicombe at Ruth Chris, and guitarist Doug Brown and me (sax) at Delaney’s. This Thursday Gerri DiMaggio gets a jump […]

Valentine’s day with Gerri

Looking for a place to take your honey for Valentine’s day? Well, what could be more romantic than dinner while listening to one of Madison’s most popular jazz vocalists? Gerri DiMaggio performs with her trio every Thursday at the Fountain, and this Thursday is Valentine’s day. Here’s a note from Gerri: Thursday, February 14th 6:30 […]

Madison Jazz highlights the week of Nov 27, 2012


As the weather cools down the Madison jazz scene is heating up. This next week is loaded with great jazz. Let’s take a look at the highlights: Tuesday Cardinal Bar 5:30pm. A few weeks ago the Cardinal began a jazz happy hour every Tues from 5:30 to 8. They’re bringing in great players and this […]

Second Chance to See Jazz Vocalist Cheryl Bentyne: Thursday, September 6th at The Brink

Brink Lounge

As if it weren’t enough of a treat to see Manhattan Transfer vocalist Cheryl Bentyne for free at Jazz at Five’s final 2012 program on Wednesday, 9/5, the Brink Lounge will present her and her singing partner Mark Winkler in an intimate concert the next night. The duo, backed by Madison’s great pianist Dave Stoler […]

Gerri DiMaggio’s Annual Benefit Concert this Tuesday at the Cardinal

This year, proceeds from Gerri DiMaggio’s annual benefit concert will support the local nonprofit, Madison Music Makers, a wonderful program that provides music lessons and performance opportunities for low-income kids in our community.  The show precedes next Tuesday’s New Breed Jam at the Cardinal. ********************************************************************** TUESDAY, DEC. 6 “JAZZ ON A WINTER NIGHT” A Very Special […]

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 […]

Local jazz stars to play Jazz at Five Fundraiser

Jazz at Five poster

I have a friend who sees something like 16 movies in 4 days whenever the Wisconsin Film Fest comes around. I can only sit through 3 or 4 movies before I’ve had my fill; by Sunday of that weekend I’m itching to do something else. This year I already know what that’ll be: the Jazz at Five Fundraiser […]

Madison jazz this week: Dec 1-4

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It’s funny how the Madison jazz scene bunches up. This week there’s a lot to choose from. See the last post for information on the Mary Lou Williams concerts this Wednesday and Saturday. Below, I’ve highlighted some of my picks and some of the notices sent in to the site recently (If you have a jazz gig […]