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04/19/18

2018 Isthmus Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

Press Release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907

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The Wisconsin Union Theater, in collaboration with the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and supported by Isthmus, is excited to announce the line-up for the 2018 annual Isthmus Jazz Fest. For the first time ever, this year’s festival spans 10 days. Ilango Villoth, the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Performing Arts Committee Jazz Assistant Director says, “2018 marks the incredible 31st anniversary of the Isthmus Jazz Festival. I'm ecstatic to announce that the festival has evolved into a city-wide celebration of Jazz! Our wonderful committee has been hard at work programming jazz shows and events stretching throughout and beyond the entire Isthmus area. This grander festival format allows for a wider variety of jazz to be shown and celebrated throughout venues all around the city of Madison, including a Strollin' series on State Street.

“And if you've come to love the previous festivals on the Terrace, don't panic -- the two Saturdays bookending the Isthmus Jazz Festival, June 2nd and 9th, will feature full days of jazz on the Terrace."

The schedule is as follows:

 

Friday, June 1st

7:30pm

Darren Sterud Orchestra with special guest Tim Whalen

Ticketed Event

Location: Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Suite 105 Madison, WI 53703

 

8:00pm

Poet Fabu Book Launch and Poetry Reading and Emerson Hunton's Quintet

Ticketed Event

Location: Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago St., Madison, 53704

 

Saturday, June 2nd Memorial Union Terrace

2pm

Sun Prairie High School All-Stars

4pm

UW Jazz Orchestra

6pm

Ben Ferris Octet

8pm

Gerri DiMaggio Quintet

10pm

Joel Paterson & The Modern Sounds

 

Sunday, June 3rd

1:00pm

“Musicians Find ‘Utopia’ in Denmark: African American Jazz Expatriates” by UW Professor Ethelene Whitmire, followed by Filmmaker Chuck France presenting his documentary "Jazz in Exile” (1982)

FREE

Location: Urban League of Greater Madison, 2222 S Park St., Madison, WI 53713

 

3:00pm

World premiere: Hanah Jon Taylor's "Songs for the Emerging Man," performed by the Hanah Jon Taylor Artet

Ticketed Event

Location: The Madison Opera Center,335 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI 53703

 

4:00pm

Madison Jazz Jam presents Lem Banks

FREE

Location: North St. Cabaret 610 North Street
Madison, WI 53703

 

6:00pm

Inspired Jazz, with Bishop Harold Rayford

Free

Location: Fountain of Life Covenant Church 633 W Badger Rd, Madison, WI 53713

 

Tuesday, June 5th

12:15pm

Matthew Endres, “History Sandwiched In” with UW School of Music jazz history professor Matthew Endres presenting “Jazz in the Dairy Land: A Brief History of Jazz in Wisconsin.”

FREE

Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706

 

7:00pm

“A Celebration of the Artistry and Spirit of Women in Jazz,” Jessica Courtier with pianist Jane Reynolds and bassist Laurie Lang,

FREE

Location: Capitol Lakes 333 W. Main Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

 

8:30pm

New Breed Jazz Jam  featuring Tony Barba and Paul Dietrich, performing Wayne Shorter’s album Speak No Evil in its entirety.

FREE

Location: North Street Cabaret 610 North Street
Madison, WI 53703

 

Wednesday, June 6th

6:00pm

Book launch for Kurt Dietrich’s Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland

FREE
Location: Wisconsin Historical Museum, 816 State St., Madison, WI 53706


 

6:00pm

Lynette’s Vocal Improvisational Group

FREE

Location: North Street Cabaret, 610 North St., Madison, WI 53703

 

8:00pm

Acolplados- Latin Jazz Project

Ticketed Event

Location: North Street Cabaret, 610 North St., Madison, WI 53703

 

Thursday, June 7th

6:00pm

An Evening of Rare Jazz Films with Gary Alderman

FREE

Location: Sequoya Public Library 4340 Tokay Blvd Madison, WI 53711

 

8:00pm

Matt Ulery’s Loom Trio

Ticketed Rvent

Location: Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Suite 105 Madison, WI 53703

 

Friday, June 8th

5:00 pm-midnight

Strollin’ State Street

FREE

Location: 100-400 blocks of State Street, Madison, WI

 

Saturday, June 9th

10:00am

Kids Jazz Exploration & Magical Concert with John Becker, Laurie Lang and Chris Wagoner

FREE

Location: Madison Children’s Museum 100 N. Hamilton Street, Madison, WI 53703

 

Saturday, June 9th Memorial Union Terrace. Free

2pm:

Edgewood College Jazz Band

4pm:

High School Jazz All-Stars

6pm:

Alison Margaret Quintet

8pm:

Huntertones

10pm:

 Panchromatic Steel

 

Sunday, June 10th

1:00pm-4:00pm

Madison Jazz Society Annual Year-end Party featuring the Chicago Cellar Boys

FREE

Location: Wyndham Garden Hotel 2969 Cahill Main Madison, WI 53711

 

The Isthmus Jazz Fest is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee, Isthmus, and Greater Madison Jazz Consortium. MG&E, Prime Urban Properties, John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, UW Credit Union, Peterson Foundation are sponsors. This project is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from Endres Mfg. Company, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Additional sponsors include Madison Jazz Society, Madison Music Collective, Madison Jazz Jam and Overture Center for the Arts. This festival 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.