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Elvira Faltermeier

Isthmus music writer Kiel Majewski chats with avant-garde jazz pioneer Roscoe Mitchell, who is performing in Madison for the first time in two years. Mitchell is a student of music, constantly revising what he is and what you thought he was. more

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Sweet, simple melodies are taken apart and reassembled in new and wonderful ways on Dear Friend, the debut album from longtime Madison bassist John Christensen. more

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Madison’s Arts + Literature Lab is becoming a regional destination for avant-garde jazz. The venue is curating a neighborhood-wide jazz festival on May 4. more

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The Ben Ferris Octet visited the Isthmus office on Tuesday for a special session announcing the lineup for the 31st annual Isthmus Jazz Festival. The event will bring dozens of acts to venues all over the city June 1-10. more

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Sax man Joe Lovano talks with Michael Muckian about collaborating with guitarist John Scofield. Their quartet plays the Barrymore Theatre on April 21. more

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Todd Hubler

For decades, the Cardinal Bar was the center of Madison’s jazz and Latin music scene. But when it became Nomad World Pub, the music went away. more

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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

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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

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Henry Adebonojo

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

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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

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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

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Rataj-Berard

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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