Celebrated Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque says “Luke Polipnick is one the finest new generation jazz musicians on the scene today. Hip and carrying the torch of tradition, Polipnick blends Americana, jazz and contemporary improvisation into a seamless whole.”
Before moving to Omaha NE last summer, guitarist-composer-producer Luke Polipnick had established himself as a leader in Madison’s “free jazz” scene. Luke returns to Madison this Sunday, November 4th, for the second of Madison Music Collective’s Fall Series of “Jazz on a Sunday” programs at The Brink Lounge. He’ll be performing with a special group of top players from New York City (drummer Mike Pride) and the Twin Cities (saxophonist Brandon Wozniak and bassist Adam Linz) to kick off a Fall Midwestern tour. This is the same band that will be heading into the studio soon to record Luke’s first jazz CD.
Luke and his band-mates exemplify the eclectic approach that many of our younger creative musicians are taking today, moving with great skill and confidence as they cross and integrate musical genres, while infusing their music with the improvisational spirit and masterful technique so central to good jazz. For “Jazz on a Sunday,” Luke’s group will premiere new music that he composed for the group’s Fall tour. He describes it as featuring “thematic material from folksy to rocking but rooted in jazz, appealing to fans of “post rock,” folk, reggae, free improvisation and mainstream jazz.”
As with all of the Collective’s “Jazz on a Sunday” programs, this concert will be followed by a free interactive workshop with Luke and his band-mates, led by Improvisational Music Workshop Director Laurie Lang. The workshop will include a brief interview, a Q&A session, and a segment in which musicians in the audience (amateur and professional) come to the stage to make music with Luke and his band.Sunday’s two-set concert begins at 3:30 PM, with the workshop following at 6:00 PM. Discounted tickets are now on sale at www.thebrinklounge.com/November.html. Buy your tickets before the day-of-show and they’re only $8.00 for Collective members (vs. $10 at the door) and $12.00 (vs. $15 at the door) for non-members. Students and Madison Jazz Society members also qualify for the Collective member price.
Not a Collective member yet? Why not consider signing up now to get discounts for a whole year’s worth of MMC programs. You can sign up online at www.madisonmusiccollective.org.