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Isthmus Jazz Festival

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Friday, June 16, 2017
4:30pm - Isthmus High School All-Stars
6:00pm - Alyssa Allgood
8:00pm - Kevin Hayden Trio
10:00pm - Darren Sterud Orchestra

About the artists

Isthmus High School Jazz All-Stars

This group is made up of Dane County’s best high school jazz players. It plays each year at the festival and at a handful of gigs throughout the summer. Directed by Dan Wallach.

Alyssa Allgood

Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood is well-known for her instrumental and accomplished approach to scat and vocalese singing. Allgood’s affinity for hard bop music has attracted widespread critical acclaim. Her 2016 album Out of the Blue was named a “Best Release of 2016” by the Huffington Post and dubbed the “Best Debut Release of 2016” by The New York City Jazz Record.

Kevin Hayden Trio

The Milwaukee-based trio has released three albums, including its latest in 2013, entitled Illegal Playlists. Led by drummer and producer Kevin Hayden, the group combines jazz, R&B, pop and hip-hop music for an exhilarating listening experience.

Darren Sterud Orchestra

This group has been active in Madison since their 2012 debut as “The Fountain Big Band.” Featuring a rotating lineup of Madison musicians, the Darren Sterud Orchestra is one of the most in demand jazz ensembles in the state. The DSO combines classic big band music with unique arrangements for a high energy performance. 

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