Here’s the press release from Jazz at Five for their last concert of the year. They are also asking for your help completing a survey requested by one of their funders, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commision. This is an opportunity to influence art funding decisions beyond Jazz at Five so please take a moment to fill it out.
Brent Kimbrough & Company Headline
September 7 Performance of Jazz at Five 2011
Jan Wheaton Quintet to Open
Final Night of Free Live Jazz on State Street
Madison, Wis. — Jazz at Five 2011, the Midwest’s premier free live jazz concert series, closes another amazing season September 7 with Brent Kimbrough & Company headlining. The Jan Wheaton Quintet open.
Guitarist, singer, composer, bandleader, and Chicago native Brent Kimbrough is known for his musical diversity, drawing influence from Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Johnny Smith, Jim Hall, George Benson, and guitarist Wes Montgomery. In 2005 Brent formed Kimbrough & Company with the goal of bringing together seasoned professionals to create a musical hybrid. They delight audiences with jazz, classic Chicago Blues, groove-laden funk, and R&B tunes. Kimbrough & Company tour regularly as a trio, quartet, or quintet. Their second album, Wandering, debuted in 2010 and was inspired by events that occurred since the group’s debut recording in 2007.
Jan Wheaton, a jazz vocalist and fixture of the Madison jazz scene for the past 40 years. Jan has been inspired by Nancy Wilson and Carmen McRae, singers who led her to a strong appreciation for the work of Billy Holliday, Dinah Washington, and Roberta Flack. Now retired, Jan won a Lifetime Achievement award and a Best Female Vocalist award from the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) in 2005. Jan has also released two albums.
For more information about Jazz at Five 2011, including the full schedule, artist bios, and details about sponsors, please visit jazzatfive.org. You can also subscribe to our email list or fan us on Facebook.
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About Jazz at Five 2011
Jazz at Five 2011 is a production of Jazz at Five, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Now entering its 18th season, Jazz at Five offers five nights of free live jazz on its stage located at 100 State Street—right in the heart of downtown Madison.
Jazz at Five 2011 would not be possible without the generous support of our financial sponsors, including Kegonsa Capital Partners, Wells Fargo, Johnson Bank + Johnson Insurance, City of Madison Parking Utility, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission*, Capital Brewery, Applied Tech, and Kopke’s Fruit of the Bloom.
For more information about Jazz at Five, please visit jazzatfive.org.
*Jazz at Five 2011 is supported by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.