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Jazz great Dianne Reeves works vocal miracles at Wisconsin Union Theater

Was I lying when I called Dianne Reeves one of the greatest jazz singers ever? I don't think anyone in Friday's ecstatic audience at Wisconsin Union Theater would have indicted me. With her uncannily flexible voice, Reeves turned every song into a tour de force. >More
 Isthmus Jazz Festival 2011 offers free fun on the Memorial Union Terrace on June 3-4

The 2011 Isthmus Jazz Festival kicks off summer in Madison with a wide-ranging lineup on June 3 and 4 on the UW Memorial Union Terrace. The festival runs the gamut from big band to small group, Latin to bebop. You can sit and admire the instrumental virtuosity or get up and dance to late-night salsa and merengue. >More
 Late lamented Madison music clubs

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 The Shtetlblasters kick out the jams with klezmer and Jazzercise

The Shtetlblasters want America to rediscover the 1980s -- beyond de rigueur Breakfast Club screenings and dance-floor moonwalking expeditions. They're exploring everything from the aerobics craze to early adventures in hip-hop through an unlikely vehicle: Jewish party music, otherwise known as klezmer. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Choir gives majestic performance of Haydn's Creation

I looked forward with high expectations to the performance of Haydn's Creation by the Wisconsin Chamber Choir. And I was not disappointed. >More
 Singer Dianne Reeves makes a case for jazz's relevance

The recent death of Abbey Lincoln made it official. The golden age of female jazz singers is over. But that doesn't mean the genre is played out -- not by a long shot. Contemporary women are finding a way to sing jazz without slavishly imitating Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, the three titans who set the standard over half a century ago. One of the best is Dianne Reeves. >More
 The Disclosures sing songs of credit unions

It all started when Chad Helminak decided to bring his guitar to the training conference he attended after taking a new job at the Wisconsin Credit Union League in 2009. Helminak's guitar got the attention of Chris Morris, who was new on staff at the National Credit Union Foundation and was attending the conference, too. >More
 Requests rain down at Jeff Tweedy's fluid, funny Overture Center show

Jeff Tweedy has always treated his solo tours as getaways from the art machine that is Wilco. Last night his intimate outing in Overture Center's Capitol Theater seemed to be just that. He even took a vacation from the mikes for the last two songs. >More
 Violinist Robert McDuffie's antics distract at Madison Symphony Orchestra concert

For his third visit as guest soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, violinist Robert McDuffie brought something substantial: one of the finest concertos of the 20th century, that by the American neo-Romantic, Samuel Barber. Unfortunately, McDuffie belongs to the new school of violinists better heard than seen. >More
 Count This Penny mines Appalachian riches

Some of the best things in life happen on front porches, from childhood puppet shows to friendship-kindling conversations that stretch into the sunrise hours. The porch is also an excellent place to strum a guitar or build a vocal harmony. As purveyors of a front-porch-inspired sound, local Americana duo Count This Penny have probably done all of these things, right on down to the puppet shows. >More
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