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The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium brings new voices and fresh ideas to the local scene

Pub crawls with multiple local jazz acts. Guest artists teaching jazz in schools and kids loving it. Town hall meetings, surveys, grant money, teamwork, ideas, excitement.... Who turned up the heat on jazz in Madison? >More
 Jazz at Five celebrates 20 years of keeping the beat downtown

A mainstay in Madison since 1994, Jazz at Five kicks off its latest outdoor concert series with Nuggernaut and the Tim Whalen Nonet on Aug. 6. >More
 Milwaukee trumpeter Brian Lynch has gigged with jazz greats like Art Blakey

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch released Spheres of Influence in 1997. The title is a statement about Lynch's musical style, which ranges from straight-ahead bebop and driving hard bop to Latin jazz and world fusion. "I love it all," Lynch says. >More
 Singer Carmen Lundy delivers an exciting set of originals at Isthmus Jazz Festival 2013

Jazz singer and composer Carmen Lundy is outspoken about her desire to move jazz forward, not backward. Charting her own path, she's packed the 12 albums she's recorded since 1985 with her own compositions, winning rave reviews and great respect among her peers. So it came as no surprise that the jazz veteran's performance at Isthmus Jazz Fest Saturday night stayed true to that ideal. She and her band performed nearly all original material instead of the usual litany of standards. >More
 Trombonist Darren Sterud fills the Fountain with bold jazz shows

When Branford Marsalis performed at Overture Center in February, he got wind of the Fountain, a live-music venue across the street that's reinvigorating the city's jazz scene. After rehearsal, he stopped in to check it out, pronouncing the back bar a "cool little space." Darren Sterud, a 27-year-old professional trombonist, was bartending that day. >More
 What's new at the Chazen Museum

Last year's expansion of the Chazen Museum of Art, formerly the Elvehjem Museum of Art, didn't just double the square footage of the exhibition space. It shifted the focus of the permanent collection to modern and contemporary art, including works by artists born just a few decades ago. >More
 Tami Miller started a charity to deliver supplies to Madison's homeless

More than 60 of Madison's homeless, normally scattered all over the city, are gathered Friday night among the Philosopher's Stones alongside the Wisconsin Historical Museum, just off the Capitol. They're sitting or milling around, waiting this warm August evening for a special delivery. The word has obviously gotten out. >More
 Photographer Tom Jones shoots portraits of sincere white folks dressed in native garb

Ever held up a mirror to a mirror, getting that sort of infinity effect -- reflected images spanning through time? There's a little of that going on in "Encountering Cultures," the photographic series by Tom Jones, now at Overture Center's James Watrous Gallery. Except here the mirrors are cameras, and what's in the lens -- contemporary whites dressed up as Native Americans -- is meant to reflect what both groups see in each other and in themselves. >More
 Posthumous provocation for Bernard Gilardi

Mona Lisa smoking a cigarette. A bald woman with flowers growing out of her head. A running back with a hole in his head, carrying a man's head instead of a football. "My mother wouldn't allow him to put it on the wall in the house," laughs Madison resident Dee Kuech, daughter of late Milwaukee artist Bernard Gilardi. She's the first to admit her father's paintings are anything but conventional. "He kept them in the basement and rarely showed them to anybody." >More
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