The Isthmus Jazz Festival broadens its scope for this year's four-day extravaganza at the UW Memorial Union.
As always, there will be a ticketed event with a big star: the explosive drummer Roy Haynes, whose combo performs at the Wisconsin Union Theater on June 7. And there will be the usual wall-to-wall free performances by local lights on the Union Terrace, ranging from big band to Gypsy swing to Latin jazz to avant-garde experimentation.
But this year, the Terrace will also feature free performances by national-caliber musicians from outside the Madison area. They include the agile bebop saxophonist Richie Cole, the rhythmically savvy Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, the sophisticated vocal-guitar duo Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger, the hard-blowing Milwaukee combo Clamnation and the swinging violinist Randy Sabien.
All events are free at the UW Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St., except Roy Haynes' ticketed concert at the Wisconsin Union Theater.
This year's schedule features:
Thursday, June 5
7:00 p.m. -- High School All-Stars
8:30 p.m. -- Gerri DiMaggio & Friends
10:30 p.m. -- Madison Jazz Orchestra
Friday, June 6
4:00 p.m. Tim Whalen's Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
6:00 p.m. -- Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger
8:00 p.m. -- Richie Cole
10:00 p.m. -- Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Saturday, June 7
2:00 p.m. -- Joan Wildman
3:30 p.m. -- Clamnation
5:00 p.m. -- Get Down Mr. Cat
6:30 p.m. -- Randy Sabien
8:00 p.m. -- Roy Haynes (Ticketed event in the Wisconsin Union Theater)
10 p.m. -- Madisalsa
Sunday, June 8: Jazz Breakfast
11:00 a.m. -- High School Jazz All-Stars
12:30 p.m. -- College Jazz All-Stars
2:00 p.m. -- Harmonious Wail