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 […]

Vote for MAMA jazz awards

A while back I wrote there were no jazz categories in the MAMAs this year because Tim Whalen was the only entry. Late entries must have been allowed because the MAMA nominees have been named, and now there are two jazz categories: Jazz Album of the Year, and Jazz Song of the year. The nominees are listed below. […]

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: Tim Whalen Nonet


Since Tim Whalen moved to Ohio, performances by the Tim Whalen Nonet in Madison have become rare events not to be missed. This Saturday at 9:30 the Nonet brings its powerful horn driven harmonies back to the Magnus and you will want to be there. I don’t care what the polls say, the Nonet is the most popular jazz group in  Madison. Nobody […]

Your Weekly Jazz: Patrick Breiner and Basement Magic


Since moving from New York City to Madison in August of 2008, 25 year old saxophonist Patrick Breiner has been a big hit with Madison jazz fans. This week Patrick brings his New York trio, Basement Magic, to Madison to kick off a week long Midwest tour. Wednesday night they play at the Brink Lounge from […]

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 […]

Your Weekly Jazz: Ray Rideout


This week Madison Jazz is featuring saxophonist/composer Ray Rideout. Since returning to Madison in 1999, The Ray Rideout Jazz Quartet has performed at the City Bar; the Concourse Hotel Bar; the Overture Center; The Brink; the Isthmus Jazz Festival; Jazz at Five; and the Monona Terrace Rooftop Garden. This song is an excerpt from “Veracruz” […]