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2017 Isthmus Jazz Fest Schedule Announced

Press Release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, Director Communications, 608-262-3907edinur@wisc.edu

The Wisconsin Union Theater, in collaboration with Isthmus, is delighted to announce the line-up for the 30th annual Isthmus Jazz Fest, to be held on the Memorial Union Terrace (rain location – Rathskeller) and Shannon Hall, June 16 and Saturday, June 17. Other than the ticketed concert by top tier trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard on the 17th, all events are free and open to the public.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the Wisconsin Union commissioned a composition by Paul Dietrich. His ode to the Union Terrace, titled Scenes from Lake Mendota, contains three movements, "Bright," "Twilight," and "After Dark."  It will be performed publicly for the first time at the festival on June 17 by the UW Jazz Orchestra, Johannes Wallmann conducting.   

The schedule is as follows:


Friday, June 16, Memorial Union Terrace:

4:30pm: Isthmus High School Jazz All-Stars

6:00pm: Alyssa Allgood

8:00pm: Kevin Hayden Trio

10:00pm: Darren Sterud Orchestra


Saturday, June 17, Memorial Union Terrace:

12:00pm: UW-Whitewater – Jazz Ensemble One

1:15pm: Edgewood College Jazz Band

2:30pm: UW-Platteville Jazz 1

4:00pm: Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Band with Tom Mattiolo

6:00pm: UW Jazz Orchestra, “Scenes from Lake Mendota” by Paul Dietrich

8:00pm: Jan Wheaton Quintet

10:00pm: Edi Rey y Su Salsera

11:00pm: Orquesta SalSoul


Saturday, June 17, Shannon Hall:

8p.m.: Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective 


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.

UW-Whitewater Jazz Ensemble One: UW-Whitewater’s premier jazz ensemble, led by Matthew Sintchak. The group will feature big band music, both contemporary and standard. 

Edgewood College Jazz Ensemble: Edgewood College’s big band, led by Dan Wallach, will feature standard and contemporary music. The group features both Edgewood College students and community members, some of whom are students at UW-Madison.  

UW-Platteville Jazz One: UW-Platteville’s premier jazz ensemble, led by Allen Cordingely. The group will feature big band music, both contemporary and standard.

Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Band with Tom Mattiolo: This group’s classic Latin jazz music is reminiscent of the 1950s and ‘60s. Their timeless sound is anchored by Racine native Castaneda’s beat on the congas, which he learned after moving to Madison for college. The mixture of Latin and jazz styles produces a warm, festive sound.

University of Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra: The UWJO is UW-Madison’s big band. Directed by Johannes Wallmann, the group has played many times before at the Isthmus Jazz Festival. 

Jan Wheaton Quintet: Jazz vocalist Jan Wheaton has been performing in Madison since 1964. A frequent participant in local area benefits, Wheaton is well known in the area, winning the 2005 Madison Area Music Award’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Edi Rey y Su Salsera: Edi Rey y Su Salsera performs salsa, merengue, cumbia, and mambo music in the Madison area. This salsa band’s sound incorporates vocals, drums, horns, piano and bass for an authentic Latin feel.

Orquesta SalSoul: Combining salsa and soul, Orquesta SalSoul features Latin rhythms, English language lyrics and the groove of soul. Made up of all local musicians, the band showcases the diversity of Madison with music that will keep you dancing. 

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective: Top-tier jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career in 1991 and has since delivered adventurous, acoustic material, composing over 50 soundtracks as well as Champion: An Opera in Jazz. Blanchard, who continuously defies genres, has recorded more than 30 albums, most recently Breathless. In this album, he powerfully journeys into another realm, using a blend of funk, R&B and colorful blues and tackling the issue of police brutality. He was part of the ensemble that won the 2005 Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Illuminations and served as a judge for the 5th annual Independent Music Awards. His knowledge of composition, improvisation and the rest of the jazz art form are layers deep, leading to the creation of complex jazz sounds that entrance audiences from start to finish.

His performance is the featured event of this year’s Isthmus Jazz Fest.  Tickets for the show are $42, $38, $25 for the general public, $38, $34, $25 for Wisconsin Union Members and Non UW Students, $40, $36, $25 for UW-Madison Faculty and Staff and $10 for UW-Madison students. Youth tickets, for ages up to 18, are $20. Up to two youth tickets may be bought with each adult ticket and age may be verified at the door. Tickets are available online and at the Campus Arts Ticketing Box Office, (608) 265-ARTS (2787), Memorial Union.

Isthmus Jazz Fest and Terence Blanchard’s show are presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee and Isthmus. This performance was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. WORT 89.9 is a media sponsor. Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Madison Jazz Society, Madison Music Collective and UW School of Music are partners.