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 […]

Wayne’s Music World : musings on a new CD, a new group, and a swingin’ band

Gerald Clayton's new CD, Life Forum, came out Tuesday.

Gerald Clayton brings acclaimed new music to UW Union Theater Saturday night. Clayton is touring in support of his just-released album, Life Forum. The no-reserved-seats concert is in the Town Center at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. My first quick reaction – the CD was released on Tuesday — is that Clayton’s composing is maturing. […]

Wayne’s Music World: Listening to Bebo and NEXT Collective

Bebo Valdez

Bebo Valdes was one of the 20th century’s most influential Cuban music masters.  He was 94 when he died recently in his adopted home of Sweden and was largely unknown in this country.  He fled his Cuban home 53 years ago, never to return.  But when I spent eight days among Havana musicians last year […]

February 1-2 Sale to Benefit Madison Jazz Society School Grants Program


Madison Jazz Society (MJS) will hold a SUPER JAZZ BOOK & MORE SALE  on Friday, February 1 (2:00-6:00 PM) and Saturday, February 2 (10:00 AM-2:00 PM) as a fundraiser for the Society’s School Grants Fund.  The Fund annually awards grants to schools throughout the Greater Madison area and across Wisconsin to enhance their jazz education […]

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 […]

Carl Maguire’s Floriculture thrives

by Joan Wildman The NY Times has a very positive review in this morning’s paper about Floriculture, a group led by former Madison pianist, Carl Maguire, relating to their Tuesday evening’s performance in Brooklyn. The group is celebrating their new CD, SIDED SILVER SOLID. The music on the CD has a decidedly avant guard flavor, but […]

Your weekly jazz: El Clan Destino


Several weeks ago in my review of El Clan Destino’s concert at Capitol Lakes, I mentioned that Nick had given me a copy of their 2004 release, “Ruckus.” I said it then and I’ll say it now, this is a great CD: a variety of interesting songs, superb musicianship, and terrific sound quality. This week Madison Jazz features El […]

Your Weekly Jazz: Madison Music Collective

This week Madison Jazz is featuring a selection from a Madison Music Collective (MMC) CD called Gathering. The CD is a compilation that was put together in 1996 and showcases some of the members from that time. It is still available and sold at MMC events to raise funds for the organization. I don’t know much […]

Grammy winners for Jazz

Alright, since there will be no MAMA jazz awards this year, here are last night’s Grammy winners instead: Field 10 – Jazz BEST CONTEMPORARY JAZZ ALBUM “Randy in Brasil,” Randy Brecker “Floating Point,” John McLaughlin “Cannon Re-Loaded: All-Star Celebration Of Cannonball Adderley,” Various Artists “Miles From India,” Various Artists “Lifecycle,” Yellowjackets featuring Mike Stern