Alllison Geyer

Booted from their space on West Dayton Street earlier than anticipated, Cafe Coda co-founders Hanah Jon Taylor and Susan Fox hope to move their jazz club to a vacant storefront on Willy Street. more

Aug 4, 2017 4:07 PM MUSIC


Brent Nicastro

In 1987, organizers roped Ben Sidran into playing a set — and Steve Miller stopped by. Then came Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Betty Carter and Herbie Hancock. This year’s Isthmus Jazz Festival celebrates the event’s 30th anniversary. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments


Henry Adebonojo

Jazz legend Terence Blanchard headlines 30th anniversary Isthmus Jazz Festival June 16-17. more

May 5, 2017 3:45 PM MUSIC


Anja Tanner

Tenor Joshua Stewart plays the ghost of saxophonist/composer Charlie Parker in Madison Opera’s production of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.” The chamber opera has its Midwest premiere at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater Feb. 10 and 12. more

Feb 9, 2017 5:00 AM Stage

Hanah Jon Taylor, sax whiz and educator, is hoping to open a dedicated jazz venue in Madison. The project’s crowdfunding campaign is underway, but the location of the venue might be in question. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM MUSIC



The dynamic Johannes Wallmann raises the profile of UW’s jazz studies program and makes connections around the state. more

Dec 8, 2016 5:00 AM A & E 2 Comments

Joey Alexander, the 12-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist who wowed the audience at the 2016 Grammys, is coming to Madison to headline the Isthmus Jazz Festival on June 22. more

Apr 15, 2016 3:04 PM MUSIC

Wilder Deitz fell in love with the Stoughton Opera House after playing there with the UW Russian Folk Orchestra. He will return with his own group, bringing an eclectic repertoire for an Oct. 2 concert. more

Sep 24, 2015 11:00 AM MUSIC


Paddy Cassidy

Madison’s south side used to be a destination for jazz. The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium hopes to rejuvenate the scene with a new event, “Strollin’ South Park Street.” more

Jul 16, 2015 9:00 AM MUSIC


Reese Moore

Freddy Cole, brother of Nat King Cole, has forged a luminous career, performing all over the world and recording more than 20 albums. He joins a lineup of local luminaries for the Isthmus Jazz Festival, June 19-20 at the UW Memorial Union. more

Jun 16, 2015 2:47 PM MUSIC


Beth Skogen

In spite of obstacles, jazz at East High is alive and well. From longstanding traditions to the newly launched Black Music Ensemble, enthusiasm is running hot, and the tunes are sounding pretty cool. more

May 22, 2015 2:30 PM Isthmus Cover Stories