Madison Jazz Jam moves to Lilliana’s

Madison Jazz Jam, an all ages, all levels, educational jam is holding its next session on Sunday, February 13th 4-7 pm at Lilliana’s Restaurant in Fitchburg. Madison Jazz Jam began last September and after 3 monthly sessions took a break during December, then cancelled its January session because of a conflict with the Packer’s championship game. After a 2 month […]

Magnus closing, last New Breed Jam on Thursday

If you haven’t heard, Magnus is closing for good. Originally, they planned to close the end of this year for remodeling and reopen in spring as Velo Bahn, a bicycle-themed restaurant. But that plan was dependent on a rail station being built across the street. When the high speed rail project was axed Magnus decided […]

“Mary Lou Williams @ 100″ Concert This Saturday at Overture

Pianist Geri Allen, the world's foremost interpreter of Mary Lou Williams' instrumental music

by Howard Landsman, Chairman, Madison’s Mary Lou Williams Centennial Committee How often do jazz audiences get to see live performances by world-class musicians at a highly affordable price, in our community or anywhere else?   Such a rare opportunity is coming up this weekend, on Saturday, October 2, at 7:30 PM, when renowned pianist Geri Allen […]

New jazz series: Fridays at The Inn on the Park

Great news! The Inn on the Park in downtown Madison is once again offering weekly jazz! It has been years since The Inn on the Park was a Madison jazz mainstay, so it is a welcome surprise that the success of several recent jazz events appears to have bred a weekly jazz series. In October they hosted […]

Thursday at Project Lodge and Death of Cabana Room

by Patrick Breiner Greetings Wisconsinites, Hot off the presses: The Cabana Room has given the New Breed the ax. We will not be playing this Wednesday, nor the following, nor any subsequent Wednesday night. The reason? Who knows? The explanation given by a high ranking Samba Party official: “We’re not making enough money off it.” […]

Madison Music Collective Announces Fall 2009 Concert Series

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by Howard Landsman Cole Porter co-exists with music made on laptop as the Madison Music Collective launches the kind of eclectic concert series for which it has come to be known.  The Collective’s Fall 2009 series will range from the classic to the avant-garde, solo performances to ensemble works, vocal jazz to instrumental, acoustic sounds to advanced […]

Cabana Room cuts Jazz, Jam survives

The economy continues to take its toll on the Madison jazz scene. The Cabana Room has featured live jazz Wednesday through Saturday nights since January, but Scott Stenton tells me that as of July 1st all the jazz except the New Breed jam  has been discontinued.  Scott played there every Saturday night and says it’s […]

Jazz at Milwaukee Pabst Theater

The Milwaukee Pabst theater is one of the nicest regional venues to hear serious music. It combines old world craftsmanship and charm with great acoustics. A while back I noted that the Hal Leonard series at the Milwaukee Pabst Theater had been cancelled. Fortunately, they are still scheduling some jazz. This is very short notice but tickets […]