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



Amina Figarova Sextet at Cafe Coda | Mar 20, 2021 | 8pm
Andy Milne & Unison at Café Coda | May 14, 2021 | 8pm
Will Holshouser & Eric Vloeimans at Audio For The Arts | Sep 22, 2021 | 8pm

this past year

Tony Catania with Barry Paul Clark and Devin Drobka at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Oct 24 | 6:30pm | CANCELED
Brennan Connors & Stray Passage
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Oct 17 | 6:30pm | TIX
Greg Ward Trio  at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Oct 16 | 6:30pm | TIX
Vincent Davis Percussion Plus
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Oct 10 | 6:30pm | TIX
Michael Brenneis’ EXECUTIVE TEA SET at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Oct 8 | 7pm | TIX
with Matt Gold
at Garver Patio | Sept 24 | 7pm | TIX
Hanah Jon Taylor Artet
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Sept 25 | 7pm | TIX
at Audio For The Arts | Sep 26 | 8pm | CANCELED
Devin Drobka Trio with Hans Young Binter and Meredith Nesbitt
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Sept 27 | CANCELED
Paul Dietrich Quartet and Matt Gold Trio
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Sept 17 | 7pm | TIX
Daniel Roth’s TWO JACKETS
at Audio For The Arts | Sep 19 | 8pm | CANCELED
CORTEX  Thomas Johansson
at North Street Cabaret | Sep 11 | 8pm | CANCELED
FATHER SKY  Anthony Deutsch, John Christensen, and Devin Drobka
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Aug 28 |  7pm | CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
Tony Catania
at Audio For The Arts | Aug 29 | 8pm | $15 | park at MG&E lot Main St | CANCELED
Vincent Davis Trio with Isaiah Collier and Jeremiah Hunt
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Sept 3 | 7pm | TIX
Charlie Ballantine
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Sept 4 | 7pm | TIX
at Pursuit of Happiness Festival McPike Park | Aug 23 | 2:30 pm | FREE | CANCELED
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Aug 7 | 7pm | $15 | TIX | MORE
Caroline Davis/Ben Hoffmann’s MAITRI + Tony Barba, Paul Dietrich, Nick Moran, and Devin Drobka
at Garver Feed Mill Patio | Aug 14 | 7pm | $15 | TIX | MORE
Keefe Jackson, Peter Maunu, Kent Kessler, Julian Kirshner
at North Street Cabaret | Aug 7 | 8pm | $15 | CANCELED
Caroline Davis & Ben Hoffmann
at Audio For The Arts | Aug 8 | 8pm | CANCELED
COLLECTOR Jakob Heinemann, Matt Blair, Devin Drobka
at North Street Cabaret | Aug 14 | 8pm | $15 | CANCELED
Angel Bat Dawid  and Adam Shead
at Cafe Coda at Cafe Coda | July 17th | 8pm | CANCELED
Michael Hu Quartet
at Audio For The Arts | Jun 26 | 8pm | TIX | CANCELED
Alex Mercado Trio
at North Street Cabaret | July 10 | 8pm | CANCELED
MARBIN Danny Markovitch, Everette Benton Jr., Dani Rabin
at The Bur Oak (formerly The Winnebago) | July 10 | CANCELED
at North Street Cabaret | July 11 | 8pm | $15 | CANCELED
Phillip Golub and Mario Fabrizio’s Tropos
at Audio For The Arts | May 16 | 8pm | $15 | Park at MG&E Main St lot | TIX  | CANCELED
Paul Dietrich Quartet and Matt Gold Trio
at North Street Cabaret | May 23 | 8pm | $15 | POSTPONED
Alex Mercado Trio
at Cafe Coda | May 30 | 8pm | CANCELED
at Audio For The Arts | Jun 13 | 8pm | CANCELED
Jamie Breiwick, John Christensen, Devin Drobka at North Street Cabaret | Apr 17 | 8pm | $15 | CANCELED
at Audio For The Arts | Apr 18 | 8pm | $15 | CANCELED
Max Bessesen w/Ron Miles
 at North Street Cabaret | Apr 25 | 8pm | POSTPONED
Paul Giallorenzo Trio
at Café Coda | Apr 30 | 8pm | $15 at the door
BlueStem Jazz Festival
at Schenk’s Corners | May 1 | 5 – 9pm | FREE | Keefe Jackson and Dave Rempis artists in residence | POSTPONED
Tony Barba CD Release 
at North Street Cabaret | April 3 | 8pm | CANCELED
at Threshold | April 4 | 8pm | $15 | CANCELED
Jaimie Branch’s FLY OR DIE II with a reading by Melvin Hinton at Cafe Coda | Mar 18 | CANCELED
at North Street Cabaret | March 20 | 8pm | TIX | MORE | CANCELED
Dave King and Julian Lage
at The Bur Oak (formerly The Winnebago) | March 15 | 8pm | TIX
KUZU Dave Rempis, Tyler Damon, Tashi Dorji
 at Cafe Coda | Mar 14 | 8pm | TIX | MORE
Ken Vandermark and Paul Lytton
at North Street Cabaret | March 11 | 8pm | TIX | MORE
a film for planetarium created in real time by Thomas Ferrella and Aaron Granat at James Madison Memorial HS | March 6 & 7 | 8pm | TIX | MORE
Ryan Keberle’s REVERSO [with Frank Woeste and Vincent Courtois]
at Audio For The Arts | Mar 4 | 8pm | $15 | park at MG&E lot Main St | TIX | MORE
at Audio For The Arts | Feb 28 | 8pm | $10 advance/$15 door | park at MG&E lot Main St | TIX | MORE| Sponsored by SONS OF NORWAY
at Cafe Coda | Feb 29 | 8pm | TIX | MORE
Mathew Muneses’ THRESHOLD
at Threshold | Feb 21 | 8pm | $15 | TIX at the door
Isaiah Collier and the CHOSEN FEW
at Cafe Coda | Feb 8 | 8pm | TIX
at Audio For The Arts | Feb 10 | 8pm | $10 | TIX | MORE
COLLECTOR Jakob Heinemann, Matt Blair, Devin Drobka
at Cafe Coda | Jan 31 | 8pm | $15 TIX at the door | MORE


Ben Philip’s Scorpio Moon [Jacob Neinemann, Lucas Gillan] | Jan 18
Davu Seru + Jamal Moore | Jan 22
Lucas Koehler Combo [Steve Banik, Matthew Allen]| Feb1
Mr. Chair [Mark Hetzler, Ben Ferris, Jason Kutz, Mike Koszewski] and Filament [DeLane Doyle, Aaron Gochberg] | Feb 6
Dave Rempis + Brandon Lopez + Ryan Packard | Apr 12
John Blevin’s Matterhorn | Apr 27
John Christensen Trio [Russ Johnson, Tim Daisy] | Feb 15
John Raymond’s Real Feels with Gilad Hekselman | Feb 20
Casey Nielsen’s Lapis Trio | Mar 1
Michael Zerang + Biliana Vouchkova  + opening with A Drone Orchestra | Mar 9
Sun of Goldfinger: Tim Berne, Ches Smith, David Torn | Mar 19
Boneshaker: Mars Williams, Kent Kessler, Paal Nilssen-Love | Mar 23
Dave Cooper Quartet [Devin Drobka, Jonathan Greenstein, John Christensen] | Mar 29
Dustin Laurenzi’s Twin Talk [Katie Ernst, Andrew Green] | Apr 6
Tollef Ostvang Quintet | Apr 11
Dave Rempis + Brandon Lopez + Ryan Packard | Apr 12
Dave King + Chris Weller | Apr 15
Pepper Adams Tribute with book signing and lecture by Gary Carner + performance by Anders Svanoe Quartet | Apr 17
John Blevin’s Matterhorn opening with Matt Blair solo | Apr 27
JazzFest | May 3 [Caroline Davis headlining, many bands-multiple venues-Schencks Corners-free]
College Night | May 5
Jenny Scheinman and Allison Miller’s Parlour Games [Carmen Staaf, Tony Scherr] | Trinity Lutheran Church | May 16
The Bridge Series #2.1 [Rob Frye, JayVe Montgomery, Christiane Bopp, Simon Sieger, Dan Bitney + Brennan Connors] | May 17
Keefe Jackson Quintet | May 25
Four Letter Words | May 31
Joe Tomino’s Togishi with Tony Barba solo opening | June 2
Stephano Barone solo | June 21
David Cooper Quartet:  Jonathan Greenstein, John Christensen, Devin Drobka | Jun28
Craig Walkner, William Kopecky, Roger Ebner | Aug 16
Cinghaile:  Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams with Steve Marquette solo at Cafe Coda | Aug 26 | 8pm
Vincent Davis Trio with Isaiah Collier at The North Street Cabaret | Aug 31 | 8pm
Jake Victor 5tet | Sept 6
Nick’s Cousins | Sept 20
Ralph Alessi Quintet [Andy Milne, Drew Gress, Jon Irabagon, Mark Ferber] at Cafe Coda | Sept 21 | 8pm
Roscoe Mitchell Trio with Vincent Davis at Cafe Coda | Sept 22 | 7pm
Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio | Sept 22
Brennan Connors & Stray Passage at Mother Fools Coffeehouse | Sept 27 | 8pm
Katie Ernst’s Little Words | Sept 27
Broken Shadows [Dave King, Tim Berne, Reid Anderson, Chris Speed] & Jason Steins’ Hearts And Minds at The Bur Oak (formerly The Winnebago) | Sep 29 | 7pm
Mark Hetzler – New Music Project | Oct 3
Emerson Hunton with Sarah Clausen and Jakob Heinemann at Audio For The Arts | Oct 12 | 8pm
Zakk Jones | Oct 15
Tim Daisy and Russ Johnson at Audio For The Arts | Oct 25 | 8pm
The Bridge # 2.2 [Mai Sugimoto, Raymond Boni, Kent Kessler, Paul Rogers] 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’s 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
Bram Weitjers and Chad McCullough at Audio For The Arts | Nov 30 | 8pm
Oliver Gomez’s Happy Feet at Art In | Dec 14 | 8pm | $10

Tony Castaneda Band with Tom Mattioli | Jan 6
Hassles: Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilsen-Love, Terrie Ex, Jon Rune Strom | Jan 12
Gerrit Hatcher + Julian Kirshner | Jan 27
Hobby Horse: Daniel Kinzelman, Joe Rehmer, Stefano Tamborrino | Feb 2
Greg Ward Trio | Feb 10
Dikeman-Townskeeper-Piazza-Shead | Feb 20
Triptych: Matt Ulery, Zach Brock, Jon Deitemyer | Mar 3
Storm Window [Paul Dietrich, Brian Courage, Nelson Devereaus, Devin Drobka] | Apr 9
Dave Rempis + Darren Johnston + Lary Ochs | Apr 14
Caroline Davis Quartet opening with Matt Blair solo | Apr 21
Eddie Gomez Trio [Stefan Karlsson, Rodrigo Villanueva] | Apr 24
Trio Mokili: Nathaniel Braddock, Makaya McCraven, Junius Paul | Apr 27
JazzFest | May 4 [Russ Johnson – Greg Ward headlining, many bands-multiple venues-Schencks Corners-free]
Mars Williams – Tollef Ostvang Duo | May 12
Tim Daisy – Josh Berman Duo | May 18
Isthmus Jazz Fest – Emerson Hunton Quintet with Greg Ward, Russ Johnson, Ben Cruz | June 1
Broken Shadows: Dave King, Reid Anderson, Tim Berne, Chris Speed | June 17
Roscoe Mitchell Quartet [Vincent Davis, Jaribu Shahid, Junius Paul] + Paal Nilssen-Love’s Large Unit + Anders Svanoe Trio [John Christensen, Michael Brenneis] | Trinity Lutheran Church | June 23
Twin Talk: Katie Ernst, Andrew Green, Dustin Laurenzi | June 29
Chicago Edge Ensemble: Dan Phillips, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Krzysztof Pabian, Avreeayl Ra | July 8
Will Greene, John Christensen, Devin Drobka | July 13
Scott Fields solo | July 27
Bell Dance Songs: Devin Drobka, Chris Weller, Mike Bjella | Aug 5
Charlie Kirchen, Nick Mazarella, Dave Miller, Tim Daisy | Aug 15
Case Fitter: Greg Ward, Dustin Laurenzi, Paul Bedal, Mat Ulery, Greg Artry | Aug 17
Emerson Hunton, Jason Stein, Ben Cruz | Sept 7
Kind Folk:  John Raymond, Alex LoRe, Noam Wiesenberg, Colin Stranahan | Sep 15
Subtle Degrees: Travis Laplante, Gerald Cleaver with Rob Lundberg opening | Sept 18
Ian Ethan Case solo | Sept 27
Paul Wertico + Frank Catalano Quartet | Oct 6
Evil Genius: Max Kutner, Stefan Kac, Mike Lockwood | Oct 12
Collector: Jakob Heinemann, Devin Drobka, Matt Blair | Oct 21
Father Sky: Anthony Deutsch, John Christensen, Devin Drobka | Nov 2
Chad Mccullough + Bram Weijters | Nov 9
Cutout: Jeb Bishop, Pandelis Karayorgis, Nate Mcbride, Luther Gray, Jorrit Dijkstra | Nov 10
Michael Brenneis’ Plutonium [Tony Barba, Jonathan Greenstein, Greg Smith, Mark Hetzler, Paul Dietrich] | Nov 18
Montauk Project: Jake Polancich, Ryan Meisel + Dancers | Nov 30
Jim Campilongo Trio | Dec 1
Tony Barba solo | Dec 7
Trio Mokili: Nathaniel Braddock, Makaya McCraven, Junius Paul | Dec 14
Dave King Trio [Matt Mitchell, Billy Peterson] + Major Vistas [Mike Weiser, Chris Bucheit, Michael Brenneis,       Brad Townsend] | Trinity Lutheran Church | Dec 16

Goran Ivanovic Trio | Jan 27
Dave Rempis with Brennan Connors & Stray Passage | Feb 17
Trio Mokili [Nathaniel Braddock, Makaya McCraven, Junius Paul] | Mar 3
Greg Ward Trio [Dennis Carroll, Greg Artry] | Mar 17
Sun Speak / Tony Barba / Mahr | Mar 19
Nestle | Apr 2
Marissa Anderson with Patrick Best | Apr 16
John Mueller, Jason Kahn, Sheba | Apr 18
Major Vistas | May 13
Manhattan Vibes featuring Michael Spiro and Christos Rafalides | May 19
Spires in the Sunset Rise with Michael Zerang | May 21
Russ Johnson, Tim Daisy, Jason Stein, Anton Hatwich | June 9
The Few [Macie Stewart, Charlie Kirchen, Steve Marquette] | June 12
Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley | June 22
Tomeka Reid, Nick Mazerella
Karuna: Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph
Chicago Edge Ensemble: Mars Williams, Dan Phillips, Hamid Drake, Jeb Bishop, Krzysztof Pabian | June 30
Paul Dietrich Quintet [Tim Ipsen, Dustin Laurenzi, Paul Bedal, Andrew Green] | July 7
Jonah Parzen-Johnson |July 11
Maitri:  Caroline Davis, Jay Sawyer, Sam Weber, Ben Hoffmann | July 21
Heinemann, Blair, Drobka | July 22
Tephra Sound:  Helen Gillet, Nikki Glaspie, Skerik, Brian Haas | Aug 19
Goran Ivanovic and Fareed Haque | Sept 2
Tashi Dorji and Tyler Damon | Sept 12
Andrew Cyrille and Bill Mchenry | Sept 23
Ian Maksin and Matt Berger | Oct 7
Ian Ethan Case with Daniel Feldman | Oct 9
Joe Policastro Trio [Dave Miller, Mikel Patrick Avery] | Oct 18
Sluggish Ensemble: Steve Lugerner, Michael Mitchell, Javier Santiago, Jim Tashjian, Julio Xavier Cetto | Oct 31
Anders Svanoe Trio [John Christensen, Rodrigo Villanueva] | Nov 30
Sfyria Trio [Sam Decker, Charlie Kirchen, Matt Carroll] | Dec 15
Dave King, Chris Speed, Chris Tordini | Dec 17
Phillip Suderburg, Jacob Wick, Andrew Clinkman | Dec 19

Roscoe Mitchell Trio [Vincent Davis, Junius Paul] | Jun 18
Ken Vandermark solo | Sept 30
Pino Forastiere solo | Oct 21
Johnson-Daisy-Johnson | Nov 5
Nils Bultmann solo | Dec 2


Tony Castaneda hosts BlueStem Jazz on his WORT 8 o’clock buzz morning show 8/6/2021, BlueStem Jazz announces their first show since the covid lockdown and their robust fall schedule at the Garver Feed Mill Patio.
BlueStem Jazz
is excited to announce our newest event partner, THE GARVER FEED MILL PATIO – hip venue, enlightened people, chill vibe…way to make BlueStem feel at home!
Welcome Micheal Brenneis
to the BlueStem Jazz all-volunteer staff!  Michael Brenneis is a drummer and composer, based in Madison, Wisconsin. He will be our blogger doing pre-show reviews and interviews called the ShowBiz Roundup. He wants everyone to know that he’s a musician not a journalist. After reading his amazing posts, BlueStem may argue with the journalist comment.
BlueStem Jazz welcomes Rick Campbell
to our volunteer staff. Rick possess an incredibly deep knowledge and appreciation of all things jazz, but especially of avant-garde jazz. He is also a very generous donor to Friends of BlueStem Jazz and will act as our liaison to WORT 89.9 fm. PROVOKE CULTURE!
ALCHEMY CAFE  becomes a BlueStem Jazz sponsor! Where our musicians eat for free and our patrons to all BlueStem Jazz events eat and drink at a 10% discount day of the show.
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


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.

Garver Feed Mill

3241 Garver Green, Madison, WI 53704 | | Capacity: 500

The Garver Feed Mill is an iconic turn-of-the-century building on Madison's near East Side that is home to a collection of producers, artisan food makers, wellness studios and hospitality providers. We have two indoor performance spaces plus a beautiful patio for outdoor sessions.

The Bur Oak (formerly The Winnebago)

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

Hello friend. The Bur Oak 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.

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.


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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