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.
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.
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.”
Upcoming shows: Jazz with Class at the Isthmus Jazz Festival:
Jun. 19 - 7PMGeorge Russell's Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction Jun. 19 - 9PMThe Girls in the Band (film) Jun. 20 - 11AMBlack Star Drum Line: Teach Me How To Drum Line (for kids of all ages) Jun. 20 - 12:30PMFrom Pop to Jazz Jun. 20 - 2:30PMThe Masters of Jazz Violin Jun. 20 - 4:30PMFreddie Cole Stories and Q & A