BlueStem Jazz is our new non-profit venture

After booking and presenting progressive jazz since 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin, we have now partnered with several local venues as a means of expanding our services and increasing exposure for this valuable art form. These venues range from a recording studio to listening rooms to full-on killer clubs. All are dedicated to the progressive, avant-garde, experimental musician. We believe our reputation speaks for itself in what we have accomplished over these years and we believe it will carry us well into the future. And as always we do this with love, as volunteers and do not take a penny. What we get in return is much more valuable – we get to be anointed with sonic wonders from amazing musicians.

This is making a couple old guys really happy!

David Stone / Thomas Ferrella



Collector Jakob Heinemann, Matt Blair, Devin Drobka at Cafe Coda | Jan 31 | 8pm | $15 TIX at the door
NOW Ensemble
at Audio For The Arts | Feb 10 | 8pm | $10 | TIX
Mathew Muneses Threshold
at Threshold | Feb 21 | 8pm | $15 | TIX at the door
Tollef Østvang’s Friends and Neighbors at Audio For The Arts |  Feb 28 | 8pm
Kahil El’Zabar Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at Cafe Coda | Feb 29 | 8pm | TIX at the door
Ryan Keberle’s REVERSO [with frank woeste and vincent courtois] at Audio For The Arts | Mar 4 | 8pm | $15
Ken Vandermark and Paul Lytton at North Street Cabaret | March 11 | 8pm
Dave Rempis_Tyler Damon_Tashi Dorji at Cafe Coda | Mar 14 | 8pm
Jaimie Branch Trio at Cafe Coda | Mar 18 | 8pm | $15
Harriet Tubman at North Street Cabaret | March 20 | 8pm
Tony Barba CD Release at North Street Cabaret | April 3 | 8pm | TIX
Montauk Project at Threshold | April 4 | 8pm
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International at North Street Cabaret | April 10 | 8pm | $15
Tony Catania at Audio For The Arts | April 11 | 8pm
Jason Steins’ Hearts and Minds at Audio For The Arts | April 18 | 8pm
Max Bessesen w/Ron Miles at North Street Cabaret | April 25 | 8pm
Paul Giallorenzo Trio at Café Coda | April 30 | 8pm | $15 at the door
THE BRIDGE [france/usa] with Keefe Jackson and Dave Rempis at Cafe Coda | May 1 | 8pm
Andy Milne & Unison 
at Café Coda | May 15 | 8pm | $15/$20
Miles Okazaki’s Trickster at Cafe Coda | May 26 | 8pm
Alex Mercado Trio at Cafe Coda | May 30 | 8pm
Todd Clouser’s Cinema Music For Unmade Film at Audio For The Arts | June 13 | 8pm
Alex Mercado Trio at North Street Cabaret | July 11 | 8pm

past shows:

Oliver Gomez’s Happy Feet at Art In | Dec 14 | 8pm | $10
Bram Mccullough + Chad Weitjers
at Audio For The Arts | Nov 30 | 8pm
The Bridge # 2.2
at Cafe Coda | Nov 4 | 7pm | $20
Michael Formanek and Peter Formanek at Audio For The Arts | Nov 7 | 8PM | $15
Jeb Bishop – Jaap Blonk 4tet at Cafe Coda | Nov 15 | 8pm | $15
Jake Polancich Quartet [ryan meisel, jay mollerskov, matt rogers] at Audio For The Arts | Nov 23 | 8pm | $10/15
Tim Daisy (drums) and Russ Johnson (trumpet) at Audio For The Arts | Oct 25th | 8pm
Emerson Hunton w/Sarah Clausen & Jakob Heinemann at Audio For The Arts | October 12 | 8pm
Broken Shadows [Dave King, Tim Berne, Reid Anderson, Chris Speed] & Jason Steins’ Hearts and Minds at The Winnebago | Sep 29 | 7pm
Stray Passage at Mother Fools Coffeehouse | Sept 27 | 8pm
Roscoe Mitchell Trio with Vincent Davis at Cafe Coda | Sept 22 | 7pm
Ralph Alessi Quintet [Andy Milne, Drew Gress, Jon Irabagon and Mark Ferber] at Cafe Coda | Sept 21 | 8pm
Vincent Davis Trio with Isaiah Collier at The North Street Cabaret | Aug 31 | 8pm
Cinghaile – Ken Vandermark and Mars Williams plus Steve Marquette solo at Cafe Coda | Aug 26 | 8pm


An Extra Large Thanks to generous supporters.  Our Giving Tuesday fundraising was very successful. Look forward to more great music in Madison during 2020
wmse 91.7fm [milwaukee]
with alternating currents DJs rob szocik and zoro [aka brent boock] – interview on all things bluestem, 12/1/19  [starts at 1:02:50]
11/19 “friends of bluestem jazz” give generously to wort 89.9fm and form partnership to buy underwriting promotion for 2020
10/16/2019 – bluestem jazz proudly gets picked to host three artists from south arts first jazz road tours‘ grants:  brandon ross,  Melvin Gibbs, J.T. Lewis – harriet tubman. jaimie branch – fly or die. david rempis, tashi dorji, tyler damon – kuzu.
bluestem jazz launched  non-profit sponsors/presenters of progressive jazz in madison, wi.
wort 89.9 fm fire worship with joanne pow!ers 5/14/19 – interview on the state of jazz in madison
badger herald by emilie burditt 1/28/19
isthmus by allison geyer 11/29/18
isthmus by kiel majewski  5/3/18
wort 89.9fm 8 o’clock buzz with tony castaneda  5/3/18 – interview on the ALL JAZZFEST
wisconsin state journal by gayle worland  4/27/18
wort 89.9fm 8 o’clock buzz with jonathan zarov  2/23/18
capital times by erik lorenzsonn  2/27/17


Art In

1444 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-535-9976 | Capacity: 60

Art In is an independently owned and operated art space and venue with an attached pinball arcade and bar named Maria’s. Presently, Art In leases space to an additional taproom, The Parched Eagle.

Audio for the Arts

7 S Blair St # 1, Madison, WI 53703 | 608-255-0511 | Capacity: 30+

Madison's premier recording studio, their live concert series called Acoustic Moose features artists in an intimate setting - the live room at Audio for the Arts! For these concerts, artists perform mostly acoustic versions of their music to an exclusive audience of about 30+ people. It’s a chance to see and hear amazing talent up close and personal in a state-of-the-art recording studio setting.

BlueStem Jazz Booking and presenting Jazz in Madison, Wisconsin since 2016.

Cafe Coda

1224 Williamson St. Madison, Wisconsin 53703 | 608-630-9089 | Capacity: 99

Café CODA is Madison’s premier new jazz space dedicated to the presentation of traditional, contemporary and creative music. Café CODA facilitates the long-desired manifestation of a space with suitable staging, a tuned concert piano, and state of the art drum kit, to inspire great music to be played by great artists.

The North Street Cabaret

610 North Street Madison, WI 53703 | 608-422-5646 | Capacity: 99

The North Street Cabaret is a new music venue in Madison, Wisconsin hosting a wide variety of world music, jazz and local talent. With excellent drinks, friendly staff and the Tip Top Tavern right across the street for amazing food, you have arrived at the epicenter of a cool Madison vibe. Inclusivity is our highest priority – all are welcome at the cabaret.

The Winnebago

2262 Winnebago St. Madison, WI 53704 | 608-640-4380 | Capacity: 99

Hello friend. The Winnebago is a venue for inspiring conversation between stranger and neighbor, artist and patron, friend and family. Our cafe was inspired by a memory of your great aunt’s farmhouse kitchen. Our MENU aims to be simple and wholesome inspired by ingredients picked in our state. The drinks compliment the food. Our performance space has an expansive stage yet lends itself beautifully to our intimate listening room.


2717 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704 | (608) 286-3827 | Capacity: 90

Threshold is an intentionally designed work and gathering space dedicated to cultivating creativity, well-being and community.

At Threshold we seek to create a new paradigm for bringing together entrepreneurship and community so they can dovetail in an organic and mutually supportive way. Threshold offers a mix of tenant business space with community event and teaching space.

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