Focusing on new, original music by local jazz artists
A FREE CONCERT SERIES which will provide a rare chance for Madison’s best local jazz musicians to showcase their own new original music (i.e., music composed and performed by the concerts’ featured artists). The Fall series will be co-produced by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC) and the Madison Music Collective (MMC) and presented at the UW MEMORIAL UNION’S FREDERIC MARCH PLAY CIRCLE, recently renovated into one of Madison’s best live music venues for performers and audiences alike. The Fall series will be comprised of four free, stylistically and culturally diverse concerts.
September 30, 2016 - 7:30 pm: Russ Johnson’s Headlands Quartet. Trumpeter Russ Johnson, Director of Jazz Studies at UW-Parkside, is part of Madison’s “extended jazz family,” often performing here with UW-Madison Jazz Studies Director Johannes Wallmann.
October 14, 2016 - 7:30 pm: Major Vistas/Anders Svanoe Trio. In the opening set, local contemporary organ trio Major Vistas (keyboardist Mike Weiser, guitarist Chris Bucheit, and drummer Geoff Brady) will perform original improvisational music that straddles the line between jazz and rock, from their forthcoming (2016) CD.
November 4, 2016 - 7:30 pm: Nuggernaut. This popular local quintet (saxophonist Jon Hoel, trumpeter Andrew Traverse, keyboardist Vince Faris, bassist Ben Ferris, and drummer Kelby Kryshak) presents a full program of original music from the catalogue they developed over the past seven years plus brand new compositions that will receive their debut.
November 18, 2016 - 7:30 pm: Tim Whalen Nonet. Madison expatriate pianist, Tim Whalen returns to town to perform with some of our community’s top jazz players: Al Falaschi (alto sax), Tom Gullion (tenor sax), Anders Svanoe (baritone sax), Dave Cooper and Jon Schipper (trumpets), Darren Sterud (trombone), bassist Nick Moran, and drummer Jamie Ryan.