Second Annual MMSD High School Jazz Festival This Saturday

MMSD High School Jazz Festival Logo

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) holds its Second Annual MMSD High School Jazz Festival this coming Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 1:00-8:00pm on Saturday, at James Madison Memorial High School’s Buchhauser Auditorium (201 South Gammon Road, kitty corner from West Towne Mall). The full-day program wraps up with a big public concert beginning at 6:00pm.  The concert […]

First Annual MMSD High School Jazz Festival set for December 10th

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) announces the First Annual MMSD High School Jazz Festival will be held from 1:00-8:30pm on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at James Madison Memorial High School with the Festival Concert beginning at 6:30pm. The theme of this year’s educational festival is “Big Bands of 1941 – Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary”. […]

Jazz at Five finale September 7

Here’s the press release from Jazz at Five for their last concert of the year. They are also asking for your help completing a survey requested by one of their funders, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commision. This is an opportunity to influence art funding decisions beyond Jazz at Five so please take a moment to […]

Warm, relaxing night at Jazz at Five

You can travel the world and not find a nicer scene than downtown Madison on a night like tonight: a dry,warm breeze; friends gathered at tables; and the relaxing music of the Brian Lynch quintet at Jazz at Five. I just got home and feel good! Someday I’ll learn to operate my new video camera, but in […]

Friday night headliners at the Isthmus Jazz Fest

Today is our last in a short series of posts about artists performing at this year’s Isthmus Jazz Festival. Tomorrow the fest starts and I’ll be hanging out at Madison’s best summertime venue, the Memorial Union, taking it all in. So what shall we feature today? Let’s check out the Friday night headliners since we covered the Saturday headliners […]

Marlin McKay at the Isthmus Jazz Festival

We continue highlighting artists appearing at the Isthmus Jazz Fest this weekend. Next up is Marlin McKay, an Indiana trumpeter with a relaxed sound and a penchant for hard bop. This Saturday’s back-to-back pairing of Marlin McKay at 6pm followed by Mike Frost at 8pm should make for a nice evening of straight-ahead jazz. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXyol9gAzT0]

Mike Frost Project this Saturday night

A number of years ago my wife and I hired a home remodeler who was very difficult to track down once he received the first deposit. Whenever we’d catch up with him he’d invariable say, “I’ve been thinking about you.” Now it’s my turn to use that phrase. My life has been very hectic lately […]

Lineup released for Isthmus Jazz Fest

Here’s the lineup released in yesterday’s Isthmus online newspaper. This year there isn’t a ticketed event in the Union Theater. All events are outside (weather permitting), and there are no Sunday events. Isthmus Jazz Festival 2011 All events are free on University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St. Friday, June 3 3:30 pm: […]

Mary Lou Williams Celebration – August Newsletter

Here’s the latest newsletter from the Mary Lou Williams Centennial organization.  One of the most noteworthy items is the extra show added at Token Creek for September 2nd. This is your last chance to get a ticket since all the other shows are sold out. MARY LOU WILLIAMS CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION NEWSLETTER Issue #4, August 2010 […]