UW Jazz Studies Professor Johannes Wallmann’s New Sextet @ The Brink This Sunday (3/10/13)

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As part of the mutual welcome to our community at the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s “Jazz Junction” kickoff event at Full Compass this past November, the UW School of Music’s new Jazz Studies Director Johannes Wallmann, http://www.music.wisc.edu/faculty/bio?faculty_id=94, gave us a sneak peek at the brasstet format that’s been at the forefront of his composing, arranging […]

Synchopathic Expression: Spoken Word Poet Rob Dz Evolves into a Jazz Artist

Madison's spoken word master poet and jazz artist Rob Dz performs at The Brink this Sunday

The following article about spoken word poet Rob Dz is written by Jonathan Gramling, Editor and Publisher of the Capital City Hues newspaper.  It will appear in this week’s issue as a preview to Rob’s “Jazz on a Sunday” performance on 12/2 at The Brink Lounge with the New Breed.  The Hues is one of the media […]

Rob Dz and the New Breed: Hip Hop Meets Jazz This Sunday at The Brink

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Experience a unique creative surge this coming Sunday at The Brink Lounge when Madison’s pre-eminent spoken word poet and hip-hop artist, Rob Dz, joins forces with the New Breed jazz quartet’s Paul Hastil, Louka Patenaude, Nick Moran and Michael Brenneis.  Co-produced by Madison Music Collective, Mad Toast Live, and the Improvisational Music Workshop, their concert […]

Guitarist Luke Polipnick’s New Jazz Quartet at The Brink This Sunday

Guitarist Luke Polipnick and his quartet play The Brink this Sunday for Madison Music Collective's "Jazz on a Sunday" series

Celebrated Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque says “Luke Polipnick is one the finest new generation jazz musicians on the scene today. Hip and carrying the torch of tradition, Polipnick blends Americana, jazz and contemporary improvisation into a seamless whole.” Before moving to Omaha NE last summer, guitarist-composer-producer Luke Polipnick had established himself as a leader in […]

Laura Caviani’s “From Bach to Bop” This Sunday @ The Brink

Jazz pianist Laura Caviani plays the Brink Lounge this Sunday, 9/9 (Photo by Ann Marsden)

Madison Music Collective and Mad Toast Live kick off their Fall season of “Jazz on a Sunday” programs this weekend at the Brink Lounge with the marvelous Twin Cities-based pianist Laura Caviani and her program, “From Bach to Bop.”  The program begins at 3:30 PM with a two-set concert and will be followed at 6:00 […]

“Song Stylizing for Jazz Vocalists” — A Workshop with World-Renowned Jazz Singer Mary Stallings

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While in Madison for her Isthmus Jazz Festival headline performance, the great Mary Stallings will conduct a private workshop on Thursday, 5/31/12, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Edgewater Hotel.  Immediately following the workshop, participants are invited to perform at a public vocal showcase in the Edgewater’s Cove Lounge hosted by Madison’s own stellar jazz vocalist Gerri […]

Legendary Free Jazz Pianist Marilyn Crispell at the Brink Tomorrow

Free pianist Marilyn Crispell performs at the Brink Lounge on Sunday, April 15th

The New York Times says that “hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano.  She is one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz.”  Considered by many critics to be the most accomplished pianist in the free jazz movement since Cecil Taylor, Ms. Crispell returns to […]

Pianist Laurence Hobgood Plays The Brink on Sunday, March 25th

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Marian McPartland calls him “a pianist and composer of extraordinary talent and unusual ideas. This coupled with a brilliant technique makes his every performance a musical gem.”  Dave Brubeck calls him simply “one of the most incredible pianists I’ve ever heard.”  They’re speaking about virtuoso jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood, who’ll be performing at Madison’s Brink […]

Randy Sabien’s String Jazz Quartet (+2) at The Brink on February 26th

Virtuoso jazz violinist and his string quartet play the Brink on February 26th

by Howard Landsman Madison Music Collective and Mad Toast Live kick off their 2012 Winter-Spring “Jazz on a Sunday” Series at The Brink Lounge on February 26th with a 3:30 PM concert by virtuoso jazz violinist Randy Sabien’s String Quartet (+2).  Joined by Mad Toast Live hosts Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines, Sabien’s group will […]

Madison Music Collective Announces 2012 Winter-Spring Season at The Brink

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by Howard Landsman It’s February, the jazz season is heating up, and Madison Music Collective (MMC) and Mad Toast Live are ready to launch our 2012 Winter-Spring Series of “Jazz on a Sunday” concerts and workshops at The Brink Lounge,701 East Washington Avenue, in Downtown Madison. This season, we’re adding a new wrinkle to the […]