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Singer Tierney Sutton seeks musical and spiritual unity at 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival

After Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan sang the jazz standards, does anyone else really need to? Listening to rehashes by contemporary copycats, I tend to think no. But Tierney Sutton, the Isthmus Jazz Festival's headliner, brings something of her own to the jazz vocal tradition. >More
 Saxophonist Frank Catalano set to blow away the 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival

Tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano has led a charmed life, especially for a modern-day jazz musician. Jazz doesn't mint as many successful stars as it used to, but Catalano makes the career path look easy. >More
 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival schedule

The 2010 Isthmus Jazz Festival features new blood, old favorites and two extraordinary out-of-town stars. The big names are Chicago's Frank Catalano, a hard-blowing tenor saxophonist who first made his mark as a teenager; and L.A.'s Tierney Sutton, a vocalist with an unusual approach to her craft. >More
 Marquette Waterfront Festival challenges your cross-cultural comfort level

The Marquette Waterfront Festival isn't just the little sister of La Fete de Marquette. It's the most meta of local events: a neighborhood festival to celebrate the idea of neighborhood festivals. This year, it's also a celebration of Latin music, with bands from Chile, Austin and Madison on hand to show just how fun cumbia, maracatu and other south-of-the-border sounds can be when played outside. >More
 Madison Music Scene & Heard: The Pub is dead, long live Whiskey River Saloon

The Pub has been around since 1943, but few years along the way have likely witnessed as many changes as 2010 for the State Street institution. It appeared things were settling into a groove during the past couple months, but more changes are on the way. >More
 The Projection People flaunt their diverse musical tastes

For Tyler Commo, musical tastes change with age. "When I was a teenager, it was all about Kurt Cobain," says Commo, the lead singer of the Madison-based alt-rock band the Projection People. "But when I hit 20, I started opening up to different styles." >More
 Girls Rock Camp starting in Madison

This summer, while some kids are toasting marshmallows, learning archery and making lanyards, another group will be rocking out. Girls Rock Camp launches in Madison next month. >More
 Community support helps Tani Diakite recover from accident

It's not every day that a Midwestern city adopts a musician from the Wassoulou region of Mali, whose rich musical heritage has played a major role in the development of the American blues sound. Here in Madison, we have Wassoulou musician Tani Diakite. But we almost lost him. >More
 My life as a Project M guest judge

I was blown away by the singing. Monday night I appeared, in my capacity as Isthmus arts and entertainment editor, as a judge at the taping of 105.5 Triple M's reality show Project M. And although the focus that night was songwriting, and the songwriting was strong, I was really taken by the excellence of the contestants' voices. These locals have some pipes. >More
 The Dirty Shirts mine sorrow in their monthly shows

Jeff Burkhart laughs when I ask him if the Dirty Shirts have ambitions to tour in 2010. Then he says "No," without pause or apology. As Burkhart makes clear, the Dirty Shirts aren't trying to sell a million downloads or be the next big thing. They're content to be a honky-tonk happy-hour band in Madison, Wis. "We're just a bunch of friends who like to hang out and play songs," says the guitarist and songwriter. >More
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