Rob Dz and the New Breed: Hip Hop Meets Jazz This Sunday at The Brink

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Experience a unique creative surge this coming Sunday at The Brink Lounge when Madison’s pre-eminent spoken word poet and hip-hop artist, Rob Dz, joins forces with the New Breed jazz quartet’s Paul Hastil, Louka Patenaude, Nick Moran and Michael Brenneis.  Co-produced by Madison Music Collective, Mad Toast Live, and the Improvisational Music Workshop, their concert […]

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 […]

Madison jazz this week: Dec 1-4

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It’s funny how the Madison jazz scene bunches up. This week there’s a lot to choose from. See the last post for information on the Mary Lou Williams concerts this Wednesday and Saturday. Below, I’ve highlighted some of my picks and some of the notices sent in to the site recently (If you have a jazz gig […]

Best bets for this weekend, 11/18 – 11/22

Here are my Madison jazz best bets for the next few days: New Breed Jam Session – Thursday 9-11:30 pm at Magnus. Jam with some of the best players in Madison. Madison Jazz Orchestra – Thursday 7:30 – 10:30 pm at the Brink. The best jazz big band in Madison. El Clan Destino – Friday […]

The New Breed Jam is back!

Nick Moran, longtime bassist for The New Breed, reports they will be hosting a jam session at Magnus about once a month. The jam will be 9pm-11:30pm on the following four Thursdays: Oct 28th Nov 18th Dec 2 and 16 This may be temporary because a few weeks ago Magnus announced they were closing Jan 2nd and reopening in […]

Inn on the Park series restarts September 3rd

Here’s the Inn on the Park lineup again (and more info on Marlin McKay). For some reason the last article  refused to show up in Google so people were having a hard time finding the information. Inn on the Park (downtown on the square) 8:00 to 11:00 pm Free September 3  Marlin McKay Quartet (Trumpet player) […]

Inn on the Park September Lineup

Looking ahead to September the Madison Jazz scene is really going to heat up. Over the next week I’ll be releasing lineups for several different events. Let’s start with the jazz series booked by Gerri DiMaggio, Fridays at Inn on the Park. Next week the series returns with trumpeter Marlin McKay. As far as I […]

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 […]