With a world-class line-up that includes vocalist Karrin Allyson, clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, bassist Larry Grenadier, and Clarence Penn on drums, the Overture Center’s 3/28/14 “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60″ concert may well be the high point of a very strong Spring jazz season.
And now, through a new marketing partnership between the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and the Overture Center, and while supplies last, you can purchase half-price tickets to this concert. This special discount applies to seats in the Mezzanine ($45 seats will cost $22.50) and Balcony ($35 tickets will cost $17.50) sections of Overture’s Capitol Theater, and these prices will be available regardless of purchase method, i.e., in person at the box office, by phone at 608-258-4141, or online. (Additional service charges will apply for phone and online purchases, and the discount cannot be applied to prior ticket purchases.)
From time to time we post music from Madison jazz musicians (just send in your mp3). Today we have a recording of “Mary’s Song” from a concert two days ago at Capitol Lakes. The musicians are Doug Brown on guitar and Bob Kerwin (me) on tenor saxophone.
Mary is my wife and I wrote this song for her for our wedding anniversary. Now she loves me even more! Is that even possible?
The recording was made with a Sony digital recorder set on a chair off to the side of Capitol Lake’s Grand Hall. Although the goal was self assessment, not a professional recording, we are pleased with the result. The acoustics were great and a warm, appreciative audience put us at ease. We like performing there.
We also enjoy our regular performances at Delaney’s Charcoal Steaks 6-9 pm twice a month on Fridays. This month we play Feb 7th and 21st. For future dates check the calendar on this site.
The best high school jazz program in the Midwest is arguably right here in Dane County, at Sun Prairie High School, under the direction of Steve Sveum. This coming Sunday, 11/24/13, the school continues its ongoing relationship with the outstanding jazz program from Northern Illinois University (NIU), with a day-long clinic and an evening concert featuring performances by the NIU Jazz Ensemble, guest artist Rodney Whitaker on bass, and the magnificent saxophonist Ronald Carter, director of the NIU jazz program.
The concert will be held at the Sun Prairie High School Performing Arts Center, 888 Grove Street, starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets will be available at the door, costing $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.
I received an envelope from Overture today and inside were my free tickets to the Oct 3rd Tiempo Libre concert. Last week I received an email from Overture explaining how I could choose tickets from one of several shows because the Bebel Gilberto concert did not meet their standards. If you attended the show and Overture has your email then you should have received a notice. If not, check out this Cap Times article for info on ordering your tickets.
People are thanking me for Overture’s response but I had no expectations when I wrote the Bebel Gilberto concert review. It was such a bizarre concert I just felt a need to share my experience. Of course, I appreciate Overture is trying to keep us happy. Thanks, Overture.
I play in a guitar-sax duo with Chris Bucheit and we do a fair share of bossa nova: Jobim, Gilberto, Getz, that kind of stuff. When Chris asked if I wanted to hear Bebel Gilberto in concert I said sure. My brief internet search turned up a chill, electronic version of her father’s music. I expected to be quietly entertained, a pleasant distraction from the messiness of life.
Um, it didn’t quite go as expected.
It started alright. The Capital Theater was surprisingly full, she started on time, and the first two tunes were lightly pleasant. Then the strange stuff started and it just snowballed from there.
She wasn’t happy with the sound and stopped to do a sound check of the whole band. Hmmm, seems unprofessional. Lots of talking between songs, kind of hard to understand, maybe it’s a language thing. Weird stuff to talk about, though: something about being the black sheep of her family, she needs some lipstick, they write bad things about her, she hasn’t gotten together with her band in a while, sorry for the mistakes, sorry for this, sorry for that. Okay, definitely unprofessional.
Oh no, she’s wound herself up in her microphone cord and having a hard time getting untangled. Good, it’s fixed. Wait, it’s not. She walks briskly across stage, the cord catches and yanks her and she barely avoids falling over. Aggggh! This is uncomfortable to watch.
This Wednesday, Jazz at Five begins its 5 week series of free Wednesday evening jazz concerts at State St and the Capital square. The Rand Moore quintet plays from 5 to 6:30 followed by Randy Sabien and the Fiddlehead Band.
New this year, Jazz at Five is kicking off its first three performances with a local high school jazz combo. The high school combos start at 4:15 and play to 4:45. Please arrive a little early and give the young artists an audience. This new initiative was made possible by a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation.