Wayne’s Music World: Musings on Free Jazz, Jazz Generations and other stuff

Chuchito Valdes.  Yes, he looks a lot like his father, Chucho.

ACQUIRED JAZZ TASTES                                                 I know many aging beboppers don’t like free jazz.  But I have to make an exception.  The recent Hanah Jon Taylor Artet “Jazz on a Sunday” gig is that exception.  An audience pushing 50 people heard Taylor play five instruments. Much of the music was, well, as accessible as free jazz ever […]

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 […]

Jazz highlights this weekend

Here are videos from two former Madison jazz musicians returning to perform tomorrow night. First up is Francesca Esme (formerly Johnson), a recent transplant to Chicago. Francesca  had a regular weekday gig at the Magnus for a while and has played Jazz at Five. Here she is fronting the band Snarky Puppy. She’ll be at Inn on the Park […]

Hanah Jon Taylor in the news

Hanah Jon Taylor is promoting his new CD, HyrPlasis, and is featured in Doug Moe’s column this morning in the Wisconsin State Journal. You won’t learn much about the CD, but it is a good read about Hanah’s background and what he’s up to now. If you want to know more about the CD a good place to […]

“Summer Music Summit” Set for August 8th

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by Howard Landsman The Hanah Jon Taylor Artet, a quartet including several adventurous Chicago-based musicians, will headline an evening of free/avant-garde jazz on Saturday, August 8th, at the beautiful Grand Hall of Capitol Lakes, 333 West Main Street, in Downtown Madison.  Read Kevin Lynch’s preview essay about this concert. The Artet features players associated with […]

Culture Coach Summer Tour 2009 seeks additional community support

This article is authored by Howard Landsman It looks like the Madison Center for Creative and Cultural Arts (MCCCA) is still alive and kicking, despite having lost its home/performance space last year. I just received a sponsorship solicitation letter from MCCCA Director, Hanah Jon Taylor, seeking support for MCCCA’s upcoming Culture Coach Summer Tour.  This […]

Free jazz to play inside

This is an equal opportunity jazz blog. A few days ago I previewed the Madison Jazz Society’s spring concert series of traditional jazz offerings. Today we travel to the other end of the spectrum to see what’s new on the Madison free jazz scene. I prefer to say “free jazz” rather than “creative improvised music” as the latter […]