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Pianist Gerald Clayton has jazz in his DNA

Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has known his life's calling since a third-grade talent show. The Grammy-nominated artist played a little boogie-woogie piece he had worked on with his father, noted jazz bassist John Clayton. Music was already a constant in his life, but this performance was the first time he felt its power as a creator. >More
 Pioneer devise a new recipe for rock on Black Pasture

Blind dates normally carry low expectations. So the co-worker who set up Kenny Monroe and Jacqueline Kursel must be pleased. The strangers became a couple, the couple started a band, and the band put out an album. >More
 Concerts on the Square to celebrate Gershwin, Elton John and young talents in summer 2013

Spring has officially sprung, and with it comes the Concerts on the Square schedule for summer. On Wednesdays at 7 p.m., the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra will perform pops selections with a guest artist at the Capitol Square's King Street corner. Concertgoers can spread blankets on the lawn as early as 3 p.m. on concert days, and picnicking is encouraged. >More
 Ben Jaffe boldly leads Preservation Hall Jazz Band into the future

Start describing New Orleans' musical history and you may sound pompous in spite of yourself, so loaded is the subject with evolutionary leaps, esoteric traditions and ostentatious egos. The multigenerational Preservation Hall Jazz Band not only guards the momentous compositions and musical forms that gave birth to jazz, but also keeps the music fresh and open to new possibilities. >More
 Martha Wainwright explores desire and motherhood at the High Noon Saloon

Martha Wainwright prefers Irish whiskey to bourbon. She made that much clear during her show at the High Noon Saloon last night. These days, she's sipping it because she's on tour with her 3-year-old son, and the kid keeps getting her sick. >More
 Pianist Shai Wosner masters Mozart and conductor Andrew Sewell tackles Bruckner with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's latest program offered an interesting pairing of works from two ends of a great Viennese tradition. The orchestra performed these selections at Overture Center's Capitol Theater last night. >More
 Finalists announced for the 2013 Madison Area Music Awards

The Madison Area Music Association unveiled the slate of finalists for the 2013 MAMAs on Thursday, March 21. The second round of online voting started Friday, and runs through midnight on May 17. The awards ceremony will be held at Overture Center's Capitol Theater on Sunday, June 23. >More
 Make Music Madison festival launches matchmaking system for performers and venues

The summer solstice festival Make Music Madison took its first steps toward fruition this week. Organizers have launched an online "matchmaking" system to connect performers with venues all over the city. Performances will take place all day on June 21. >More
 Harmony Bar's Keith Daniels is off the grid, Michelle Shocked show remains booked

No one knows where Keith Daniels is. The peripatetic Harmony Bar owner's whereabouts are a mystery to his brother Ken who is tending bar Thursday night. Brad Czachor, the guy who Daniels handed the door keys to before he left town doesn't know either. "See you in ten days," is what Daniels told him before he split for his annual Mexican beach vacation. >More
 Sexy Ester channel their passions through sultry rock songs

Rock bands aren't known for being quiet or humble. Oddly enough, singer Lyndsay Evans and guitarist Adam Eder are both of these things. Offstage, anyway. The couple helm Madison band Sexy Ester, which earned a WAMI nomination this year and picked up four MAMAs in 2011, including Alternative Artist of the Year. >More
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