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.)
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.
Gerald & Justin Brown of the Gerald Clayton Trio – photo by Claire Weissenfluh, courtesy UW Union Theater
The next big thing in jazz has arrived. Gerald Clayton is making music that must be heard, receiving rave reviews and touring behind the newest CD with his name and photo on the front. Four days after the release of Life Forum, a sold-out Madison crowd gave Gerald and his New York City-based trio a standing ovation following two hours of contemporary jazz that ranged from bop to breathtaking.
The audience of 223 began filling the UW Union Theater venue early. Clayton told the crowd that, “Madison seems like a hip place.” His presence added to our hipness. The sightlines at the Institutes for Discovery hall were poor but the acoustics were fine and, judging by the bopping heads during every selection, Madison is hip, indeed.
The Wisconsin Union Theater presents the Gerald Clayton Trio as part of its Isthmus Jazz Series on Saturday, April 6th, 8PM
at the Town Center in Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
James Brown was called “the hardest working man in show business,” a reflection of his high-energy R&B stage presence. But a young jazz star who is coming to Madison April 6th may match JB’s energy off-stage.
“Prolific” doesn’t begin to describe Gerald Clayton in 2013. More jazz musicians should have his embarrassment of employment riches. Consider his credits for the first months of this year:
Life Forum, the new album by the Gerald Clayton Trio will be released shortly. Five friends also play with the trio on the album;
The Gathering, the new Clayton Brothers Quintet album, was released in February. It’s my favorite new album of 2013, thus far;
Cover Art by Next Collective with Gerald on piano came out at the end of February. The album features several rising young jazz stars improvising on contemporary songs by Bon Iver, Pearl Jam and some groups I’ve never heard of; Continue reading
As part of the mutual welcome to our community at the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s “Jazz Junction” kickoff event at Full Compass this past November, the UW School of Music’s new Jazz Studies Director Johannes Wallmann, http://www.music.wisc.edu/faculty/bio?faculty_id=94, gave us a sneak peek at the brasstet format that’s been at the forefront of his composing, arranging and performing, and that is heard on his latest CD, “The Coasts” (2010, MWP Records).
Johannes has now firmed up the membership of the Wisconsin edition of his brasstet, and Madison Music Collective is bringing them to the Brink Lounge tomorrow (Sunday, 3/10/13) for a 3:30 PM concert hosted by Mad Toast Live’s Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines and a 6:00 PM interactive workshop hosted by Laurie Lang of the Improvisational Music Workshop. In addition to Johannes on piano, the new band (called The Sweet Minute) includes the stellar line-up of Dave Cooper (trumpet), Darren Sterud (trombone), Marty Erickson (tuba), John Christensen (bass) and Devin Drobka (drums).
Discounted advance sale tickets are available at http://www.thebrinklounge.com/ai1ec_event/jazz-on-a-sunday-johannes-wallmann-and-the-sweet-minute/?instance_id=1456. Full-price tickets will also be available at the door. For more info about the band, visit http://madisonmusiccollective.org/Events/Johannes.shtml.
The program schedule is now set for Maxine Gordon’s visit to Greater Madison, part of her 2013 world-wide tour to celebrate the life and music of the late great jazz saxophonist, Dexter Gordon, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Under sponsorship of the new Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Maxine will conduct the following programs during a four-day residency (3/11-3/14/13) in our community. (Note: Program schedule is subject to change. Check this site as the event dates draw near to verify the schedule, or email us at email@example.com.)
• MONDAY, 3/11/13, 7:30-9:30 PM: “AN EVENING WITH MAXINE GORDON AND THE UW BLUE NOTE ENSEMBLE” (Location: Morphy Recital Hall, in the UW Humanities Building). One of the three student ensembles directed by UW Jazz Studies Professor Johannes Wallmann – the Blue Note Ensemble – will be learning Dexter’s music during the Spring semester. This evening, they will give a mini-concert of his music, interspersed with live on-stage interviews of Maxine by WORT-FM jazz hosts Steve Braunginn and Jane Reynolds and an audience Q&A. The audience will include members of all of Professor Wallmann’s student ensembles (Blue Note Ensemble, Contemporary Jazz Ensemble, and UW Jazz Orchestra) and students from Richard Davis’ Black Music Ensemble. Free and open to the public. http://www.music.wisc.edu/extensions/eventdetails.jsp?event_id=2496
• TUESDAY, 3/12/13, 6:30–10:00 PM: “ROUND MIDNIGHT” (Location: Chazen Museum of Art). Dexter had the lead role in Bertrand Tavernier’s 1986 film, “Round Midnight,” the fictional story of an expatriate American jazz musician in Paris loosely based on the lives of jazz greats Lester Young and Bud Powell. He also won a Grammy for the film’s soundtrack, while Herbie Hancock won an Oscar for Best Original Score. Maxine Gordon will introduce the movie with her presentation, “The Making of Round Midnight,” and conduct a Q& A following the film showing. This program is free and open to the public. Continue reading