2015 Isthmus Jazz Festival Program
Fredric March Play Circle Theater
University of Wisconsin Memorial Union

The Madison Music Collective will present “Jazz with Class, the informative and educational element of the Isthmus Jazz Festival Friday June 19th and Saturday June 20th, 2015. Six diverse presentations will consist of music conversations, films, lectures and performances featuring local musicians plus the festivals headliner in the Play Circle of the UW-Madison Memorial Union.

For the last five+ years the Madison Music Collective (MMC) has collaborated with the Wisconsin Union Theater (WUT) to produce the Isthmus Jazz Festival (IJF). The MMC realized the newly renovated Play Circle venue was a great space for more intimate offerings during the festival. Open and free to the public, the MMC will augment and enhance the live performance appeal of the IJF through artful, informative and entertaining “Jazz With Class” presentations.

FRIDAY, June 19

George Russell's Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction
7 – 9 pm

Advanced Jazz Improvisation Lecture, Performance and Workshop  

George Russell was a jazz musician and music theorist whose book, "The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation" was revolutionary in the art of jazz improvisation. His four directions or dimensions explain all melodies that have ever been written or ever could be written. This workshop will examine each of these dimensions, using examples drawn from the distinctive styles of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. All instruments and vocalists are welcome and encouraged to participate in this session. A full-blown jam session caps this workshop and ends the evening festivities.

Jim Erickson and Company

Film Showing: “The Girls In The Band”
9 - 11 pm

This movie features a documentary style history of Women in Jazz. Will be followed by a discussion and/or Q & A

June Dalton of Ladies Must Swing (LMS) Band and Linda Marty Schmitz, President of the Madison Jazz Society (MJS)


Kids Program
for kids of all ages, performed by a youth ensemble, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Black Star Drum Line "Teach Me How To Drum Line"

Black Star Drum Line, famous for their “street beats. “Teach Me How To Drum Line” is a look into what it takes to be in a drum line and will give our audience a chance to interact and participate with the kids and performers on stage, and even play some drums.

Joey B. Banks

Pop to Jazz - When Worlds Collide
12:30 - 2 pm

In the history of American music, no two genres have affected each other in the same way, despite having divergent historical paths that occasionally crossed to create interesting results. In this lecture and performance, Al Falaschi and Dave Stoler will discuss musical attributes common to both music styles, and the interesting and sometimes unpredictable results which allowed Jazz and Pop to evolve.

Presented by Dave Stoler and Al Falaschi Quartet
The Masters of Jazz Violin
2:30 - 4 pm

The violin does not get much attention in the forefront of jazz and yet at its roots and all the way through, strings have been a vital part of jazz history.

“Lecture, performance and Q&A/workshop for those interested in learning more.”
Chris Wagoner and The Stellanovas

Freddie Cole Stories and Q & A
4:30 – 5:30 pm:

Freddie Cole and/ or members of his band provide an opportunity to hear more about their music and stories.

Freddy Cole

General Public: $32, 28, 20
Wisconsin Union Members & Non UW-Madison Students: $28, 24
UW-Madison Faculty & Staff: $30, 26
UW-Madison Student (with ID): $10
Prices do not include fees

The festival is FREE, except for the Headliner, Freddy Cole, which is a ticketed and paid event. - See more at: Wisconsin Union Theater

Isthmus Jazz Festival Headliner:

Freddy Cole

with the UW Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Shannon Hall

Wisconsin Union Theatre

Upcoming shows: Jazz with Class at the Isthmus Jazz Festival:


Jun. 19 - 7PM George Russell's Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction
Jun. 19 - 9PM The Girls in the Band (film)
Jun. 20 - 11AM Black Star Drum Line: Teach Me How To Drum Line (for kids of all ages)
Jun. 20 - 12:30PM From Pop to Jazz
Jun. 20 - 2:30PM The Masters of Jazz Violin
Jun. 20 - 4:30PM Freddie Cole Stories and Q & A



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