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June 19-22, 2013

Isthmus Jazz FestivalJune 22

Carmen Lundy Concert Headlines the Isthmus Jazz Festival

MILLS HALL, Mosse Humanities Building,
455 N. Park St.

The Madison Music Collective, in partnership with Isthmus and the Wisconsin Union Theater, brought world-class vocalist Carmen Lundy to Madison as headliner of the 2013 Isthmus Jazz Festival

June 13 - 21

All-Star Jazz & Gospel Choir Workshop & Performance

Under Carmen Lundy’s direction, and using one of her original compositions, participants learned how to craft a jazz vocal sound by refining color, shape, groove, and mood. REGISTER

June 21

Jazz Ahead: Madison Showcase & Workshop

As part of her visit to Madison, Carmen Lundy distilled the Kennedy Center's “Jazz Ahead” model into a half-day workshop for a group of emerging jazz musicians of all ages. REGISTER

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Carmen LundyABOUT CARMEN LUNDY – Vocals

Born into a musical family, Carmen’s career took off when she moved to New York in 1978 and legendary Village Voice critic Gary Giddins took notice. “Jazz singing stopped regenerating itself about 20 years ago, and it's not hard to see why,” he wrote. “So it's with some trepidation that I call your attention to an authentic young jazz singer named Carmen Lundy. She's got it all.”

Carmen has recorded 12 CDs as a leader, and worked with jazz luminaries like Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Terri Lyne Carrington, Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Ray Barretto, Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, and Kenny Kirkland. Her latest CD, Changes, made several “best of” lists for 2012.

An acclaimed composer, Carmen has over 60 published compositions to her name, a rare feat for any jazz vocalist. Many of these appear in The Carmen Lundy Songbook, published in 2007. While managing the near-impossible feat of maintaining a 30+ year career with mostly self-penned material, her 2010 CD, Solamente, was a unique departure from her previous work, as she arranged, produced, recorded, mixed and played every instrument on every track.

Carmen is also a highly-respected educator, visual artist, and actress. She has given master classes all over the world and continues her long-time role as guest artist and clinician for Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.  She has had exhibitions of her paintings in New York City and Los Angeles, and performed lead roles in Lawrence Holder’s Off-Off Broadway play, “They Were All Gardenias,” and in the Broadway revue, “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies.”


Anthony WonseyABOUT ANTHONY WONSEY – Piano

New York City-based Anthony Wonsey is a fluent hard-bop pianist who has been playing music since age six. While a student at the Berklee School of Music, Mr. Wonsey toured with Christopher Hollyday, Nnenna Freelon, and Kenny Garrett. After graduating in 1994, Mr. Wonsey moved to Boston and played with Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart, among others. During the past few years, Wonsey has played and recorded with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, drummer Carl Allen, and vocalist Carmen Lundy. His performance and recording credits also include, Buster Williams, Clark Terry, Elvin Jones, Christian McBride, Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis, and Eric Alexander. Wonsey’s six CDs as a leader include “Anthonyology” (1996), “Another Perspective” (1997), “Open the Gates” (1999), “Blues for Hiroshi” (2004), “The Thang” (2005) and “Play the Great American Songbook” (with vocalist Joanna Pascale, 2012).


Kenny DavisABOUT KENNY DAVIS – Bass 

Chicago native Kenny Davis discovered jazz as a Northeastern Illinois University student, where he earned his Music Education BA, and studied classical bass with Warren Benfield of the Chicago Symphony. Becoming part of Chicago’s jazz scene, Davis played with saxophonists Von Freeman, Ari Brown and Fred Anderson. Moving to New York in 1986, he played with Freddie Hubbard, Cassandra Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Diane Reeves and Art Farmer, and toured with Herbie Hancock. From 1999-2002, Davis was the Tonight Show Band’s bassist. Now back in New York, Davis’ performance and recording credits have included jazz stars like Regina Carter, Don Byron, Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, Woody Shaw, David Murray, Steve Turre, and Johnny Griffin, as well as Al Green, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, and Mark Knopfler. Mr. Davis played Madison in 2010 with Geri Allen and Carmen Lundy


Jamison RossABOUT JAMISON ROSS – Drums

Last September, 24-year-old Jacksonville FL native Jamison Ross became just the second kit drummer to win first place in the annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for young musicians at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Now in its 25th year, the competition is jazz’s foremost measure of rising talent, and Mr. Ross’ win comes with a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Music Group.  As a Florida State University student, Mr. Ross studied with Marcus Roberts and Leon Anderson, and has been touring with Carmen Lundy for the past several years. Since moving to New Orleans to pursue a master’s degree, Ross has performed in bands led by saxophonist Wessel “Warmdaddy” Anderson and pianist Henry Butler, and will appear as a supporting musician in a future episode of the celebrated HBO TV series, Treme.


Warren WolfABOUT WARREN WOLF – Vibraphone

Baltimore-based multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf has been acknowledged as one of today’s young jazz lions by jazz critics like Ben Ratliff (New York Times) and Greg Thomas (New York Daily News), who called his latest CD, “Warren Wolf”” (2011), one of the year’s best jazz recordings. A classically-trained musician, Mr. Wolf is a graduate of the famed Berklee College of Music where he studied under jazz vibraphonist Dave Samuels. Currently saxophonist Tia Fuller’s drummer of choice, Mr. Wolf has performed or recorded with Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, trumpeters Jeremy Pelt and Nicholas Payton, pianists Cyrus Chestnut, Rober Glasper, Mulgrew Miller, and Eric Reed, fellow vibraphonist Stefon Harris, saxophonists Bobby Watson and David “Fathead” Newman, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, bassists Ron Carter, Christian McBride, and Esperanza Spalding, and drummers Lewis Nash, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. He will be touring this Fall with the SF Jazz Collective.



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