My Very Fun Week Ahead

Adventures in Big Band Jazz poster

Rand was the house drummer at the Madison Jazz Jam on Sunday and could hardly contain his excitement about his upcoming dream week performing in the LA Jazz Institute’s festival, ” Adventures in Big Band Jazz.” The festival includes Terry Gibb’s Dream Band Stan Kenton’s Mellophonium Adventures Woody Herman Sixties Herd Alumni Reunion Maynard Ferguson […]

Richard Davis on WPT tonight

Richard Davis

We just received the following message from the outstanding Madison-based documentary filmmaker Chuck France (producer and director of the pioneering 1982 film, “Jazz in Exile”, and currently a Wisconsin Public TV producer and videographer). This should be an excellent and most timely program, coming as it does in the wake of Richard Davis’ (long-overdue) recognition […]

Sunday’s the Deadline to Apply for the Jazz Consortium’s Venue Development Position

GMJC logo

This coming Sunday is the deadline to apply for the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s new part-time position of “Program Coordinator for Venue Development.” This position will lead the Consortium’s efforts to create a wider array of local venues that present live jazz in settings that are good for listening and that pay better fees to […]

Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is Hiring: Application Deadline is November 8


Want to help strengthen the local jazz scene? Do you have some spare time and talent to devote to the cause? If so, please consider applying for one of the new part-time contracted Program Coordinator positions with the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium created through a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation. These […]

Speak Up for Jazz: Take the Greater Madison Jazz Community Survey

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is in the midst of crafting a first-ever action plan that speaks to our local jazz community as a whole. A compelling plan that’s grounded in the realities of the current scene and the wishes of jazz musicians, educators, venue owners, and fans will help point the way to a […]

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 […]

Dennis Mitcheltree comes to Madison

Today’s article is by guest author Joyce Markle. Heads up! It’s not every day that a great tenor player, well-traveled in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. makes time in his busy tour schedule to visit Madison. Later this week, Los Angeles saxophonist Dennis Mitcheltree makes a rare visit to Madison to play three dates with […]

Dex @ 90: Program Schedule Set for Maxine Gordon’s Visit to Greater Madison, March 11-14

The program schedule is now set for Maxine Gordon’s visit to Greater Madison, part of her 2013 world-wide tour to celebrate the life and music of the late great jazz saxophonist, Dexter Gordon, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Under sponsorship of the new Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Maxine will conduct the following programs […]

Last day to buy tickets for Tia Fuller’s “Women in Jazz” brunch

From MMC President, Sue Peterson With the Monday (10/8) midnight ticket purchase deadline looming, we have 45 confirmed attendees for this coming Saturday’s “Women in Jazz” brunch with the dynamic young saxophonist, Tia Fuller. That’s a decent number, but we’re hoping for more so we can show this world-class artist that Madison knows how to […]