C. Daniel Dawson

Maxine Gordon, widow of the towering jazz figure Dexter Gordon, visits Madison with a new biography and several events to honor the sax player’s legacy. Read more


BlueStem Jazz is a new Madison organization aiming to nurture Madison’s growing jazz scene. Read more



Anya Kubilus

Mr. Chair, a quartet led by UW Madison trombone professor Mark Hetzler, aims to play “beyond the category.” The group releases a two-hour album on CD and vinyl Sept. 5 at the Majestic. Read more


It’s tough to categorize the music of the Jake Victor 5tet — maybe jazz is close enough. And most of the group’s young players met at one of Europe’s leading jazz schools in Amsterdam. Read more


The Token Creek Music Festival is held on the 110-acre property owned by founders Rose Mary and John Harbison that backs up against Token Creek. The founders would like to see the property preserved as a single parcel. Read more



Gary L. Geiger

Madison’s Jazz at Five celebrates its 26th season with a groove-filled summer lineup. Read more



David Alderman

Isthmus reporter Mike Muckian was just two days too late to view the phenomenal jazz record and memorabilia collection with the late DJ and collector, Gary Alderman. The community is mourning the loss. Read more


After getting bumped from its usual spot last year, Isthmus Jazz Festival organizers improvised, spreading the festival out over 10 days and multiple venues. They liked the results so much, they’re sticking with it for the 32nd annual fest. Read more



Eric Ryan Anderson

Branford Marsalis — the oldest sibling in the Marsalis musical dynasty — talks with Isthmus about the difference between playing jazz and classical and the role of ego in musicianship. He’s at Overture Center April 9. Read more



Amy Stocklein

Hanah Jon Taylor never liked how music is taught more like science than the language it really is. So every Saturday, he turns his Cafe Coda jazz club into a classroom. Read more


Betsy Ezell conquered self-doubt, started writing music at age 35 and broke into the Madison jazz scene. Now vocalist and bandleader of the Betsy Ezell Quintet, she celebrates the release of her debut album Jan. 25 at North Street Cabaret. Read more



Jean Picard

Ben Sidran sorted through decades of recordings to help put together a three-CD retrospective, “Ben There, Done That.” It’s out on Sunset Blvd Records. Read more


“Plutonium,” the epic new suite of jazz pieces from longtime Madison drummer Michael Brenneis, is a gorgeous, thrilling and sometimes terrifying examination of industrialization and its impact on the human condition. Read more

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Eric Schirtzinger

Johannes Wallmann releases “Day and Night,” a new album of originals and standards that brings together some of the players the pianist worked with in New York City. Read more


Until he saw The Beatles on TV, Pat Metheny was following in his family’s tradition of learning trumpet. Isthmus talks to the jazz guitar virtuoso in advance of his Oct. 14 show at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Read more

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Christopher Drukker

Madison will celebrate the legacy of Richard Davis, a world famous jazz musician, educator and racial justice advocate. A multimedia event is planned for Oct. 11 at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater. Read more


Cafe Coda’s former downtown space is being demolished for a new hotel. But the jazz club is reopening on Willy Street, contributing to a burgeoning east side jazz scene. Read more



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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more