Live Music at the Bourbon Street Grille

The Bourbon St Grille deck overlooking the Yahara River is a great place to hang out in summer.

I’m pleased to announce that the Bourbon Street Grille will be offering live music this summer on their rooftop overlooking the Yahara River.  The restaurant will be hosting a jazz shows Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30 PM.  This week’s opening act on May 29th will showcase world-class bassist John Christensen leading a fantastic trio, featuring […]

Dick Hyman Solo Jazz Piano Concert and Clinic

Dick Hyman

Salon Piano Series proudly welcomes legendary jazz pianist Dick Hyman on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 2 pm for a solo jazz piano performance at Farley’s House of Pianos (6522 Seybold Road on Madison’s Far West Side, just off South Gammon Road, south of the Beltline). The evening before the concert, on Saturday, May 31st, […]

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 […]

Hammond B3 master Tony Monaco returns

Tony Monaco

Friday May 23rd at The Brink……Starts at 8 PM……Tickets on line at: for $20….at the door will be $25 Tony’s show last November at the Brink was one of the most enjoyable jazz concerts of the year. And it was packed! I can’t imagine more people fitting into that room. It’s no surprise he’s […]

Harmonious Wail and Gonzalo Bergara Quartet


Wednesday May 7 at 7 pm, Brink Lounge. The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930’s Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz. Composer and lead guitarist Gonzalo Bergara mixes a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina. The music is also heavily influenced by the Hot Club of France, as […]

Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch photo

Don’t miss jazz trumpet virtuoso Brian Lynch in concert this Thursday with the UW Jazz Orchestra & UW Honors Jazz Band. Brian has been a member of some of jazz’s most storied groups including Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the Horace Silver Quintet, the Phil Woods Quartet, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri, and others. […]

Jazz strings concert this Wednesday – Free

Randy Sabien photo

Here’s news about a just-announced free concert coming up this Wednesday, 4/30/14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Brink Lounge. Violinist Randy Sabien is used to appearing in Madison as the leader of one of his many ​fine ​bands, e.g., the string jazz band with bassist Jeff Eckels that he brought to the Brink for […]

2014 Isthmus Jazz Festival Lineup

Isthmus Jazz Fest logo

The Isthmus Jazz Festival is coming up, June 20 and 21. For the last 7-8 years the festival has been held outdoors on the Union Terrace. For many years before  it was held in multiple rooms concurrently in the old Civic Center. This year’s two day festival combines the best of those worlds. As in […]

Jackie Allen and Company

Jackie Allen

A really enjoyable podcast of  Jackie Allen’s concert from last September was just published on Mad Toast Live (a treasure trove of concert recordings). The concert was presented by Madison Music Collective, Mad Toast Live, the Improvisational Music Workshop, Janus Galleries, Ward-Brodt Music, Isthmus, WORT-FM, and The Brink Lounge. Jackie Allen on vocals Hans Sturm […]