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Richard Davis and Willie Pickens christen Shannon Hall at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2014

Ralph Russo, cultural arts director of the Wisconsin Union Theater, warned the near-capacity crowd Saturday night that there are "lots of touchups to finalize" in the renovated auditorium space now known as Shannon Hall. But iconic bassist and UW music professor Richard Davis, brilliantly paired with Chicago piano man Willie Pickens, quickly made the place feel like home during the headlining performance of the 2014 Isthmus Jazz Festival. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2014 busts boundaries on opening night

I walked out to the Union Terrace at sunset for an entirely different sort of musical pleasure. The Darren Sterud Orchestra played a set of punchy big-band jazz, heavy on Thad Jones. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The tunes and teachings of jazz superhero Richard Davis

Isthmus contributor Bob Jacobson reported on the musical accomplishments and educational work of Richard Davis in the June 20 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the June 19 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Richard Davis: The face of the bass

It takes only a few minutes of conversation with Richard Davis to figure out that this is a man who likes to wing it. That's true whether he's recording an album, teaching a group of aspiring bassists or mapping out a concert set list. >More
 A lineup of luminaries at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2014

Bassist Richard Davis' star power should draw a big crowd to Isthmus Jazz Fest at the UW Memorial Union June 20-21, but the event is also a chance to celebrate other acts that keep the genre alive close to home and around the world. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2014 schedule

This year's Isthmus Jazz Fest on the Terrace takes place at the UW Memorial Union on June 20 and 21. All events, including Richard Davis' appearance with Willie Pickens, are free and open to the public. Acts perform on the Terrace unless noted otherwise, and they relocate to Wisconsin Union Theater's Shannon Hall if there is rain. >More
 Wisconsin Union Theater's Shannon Hall makes its debut

The Isthmus Jazz Festival is the first event at the new, improved Wisconsin Union Theater, which has been under construction for the past two years. Richard Davis and Willie Pickens will be the inaugural performers at Shannon Hall, the theater's primary performance space. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2012 kicks off with ecstasy and chaos

The 2012 Isthmus Jazz Festival began Friday afternoon under blue skies, with sailboats drifting behind the UW Terrace stage. It's hard to be in a bad mood in such conditions, and the Ladies Must Swing big band made it even harder. They hark back to the mid-century "girl bands" that challenged jazz's male dominance, with women in the unconventional roles of trombonists, trumpeters, saxophonists and drummers. >More
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