Paul Dietrich Jazz Ensemble — The Bur Oak — Sunday, May 15, 2022 — 7PM
By Michael Brenneis
Interview date: 04/29/2022
It would be a challenge to run an 18-piece jazz ensemble that plays non-traditional big band music anywhere, but the fact that Paul Dietrich does it in Wisconsin, and attracts the caliber of musicians that he does—and let’s face it, no one’s getting rich off of this—is a testament to his leadership, his composing and arranging prowess, and the individuality of his musical vision.
by Michael Brenneis - RattleTickBuzz.com
Jeff Kimmel, Ishmael Ali, Bill Harris — Audio for the Arts — Saturday, May 14, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 4/22/2022
Jeff Kimmel, Ishmael Ali, and Bill Harris commandeered an air b’n’b in the wilds of Michigan during the height of the pandemic in 2020 to record their latest release “Vivary.” The record is an abstract electro-acousitc tour-de-force, and a fitting document of this period of experimental existence.
Darren Johnston — Cafe Coda — Saturday, May 7, 2022 — 8 PM
Interview date: 04/22/2022
Darren Johnston’s pandemic routine included lots of practicing the trumpet and composing. As things opened up he recorded three sessions of his music with different groups in New York and Chicago. The first of these albums “Life in Time” has now been released and will be showcased in Madison with his quartet of Chicago heavies.
For those keeping track: The name of the bassist Darren couldn’t remember is Joelle Leandre.
Ballister — The North Street Cabaret — Saturday, April 23, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 04/07/2022
Ballister is a trio of muscular disquisitive improvisors, whose palette is equal parts bombast, and subtle nuance. After thirteen years together and ten album releases, including this year’s Chrysopoeia, they’re still going strong.
Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Paul Lytton — Cafe Coda — Friday, April 15, 2022 — 7 PM
Interview date: 04/06/2022
When Ken Vandermark was last here with (air quotes) Laul Pytton, in March of 2020, although he didn’t know it he was days away from a canceled tour and an 18 month hiatus from the road. He returns triumphantly now with the full trio that was supposed to perform on that date – as his touring schedule ramps up to approach its pre-pandemic pace.
photo by Aleksandr Zykov on flickr
Craig Taborn — Cafe Coda — Thursday, April 14, 2022 — 7 PM
Interview date: 04/04/2022
Craig Taborn is one of the most brilliant and creative piano and keyboard artists working today. Someone who ordinarily prefers to let the music speak for itself, he was generous enough to join me on this program to discuss his history, and his conception, and approach — which are as deep as they are philosophical.
Ted Piltzecker — The North Street Cabaret — Saturday, April 2, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 03/22/2022
Ted Piltzecker has a long history of traveling the world, spreading his lyrical approach to playing the vibraphone. He often collaborates with fine local players, and for this performance he has recruited the Lawrence University Faculty Jazz Ensemble.
For the curious: Two up-and-coming vibraphonists that Ted recommends looking for are Isaiah Petrie who is studying in Kansas City, MO, and Oliver Mayman in Ann Arbor, MI.
Quin Kirchner & Rob Clearfield — Audio for the Arts — Friday, April 1, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 3/18/2022
The new album “Concentric Orbits” from Trans-Atlantic improvisers Quin Kirchner and Rob Clearfield was recorded during the sessions for Quin’s 2020 release “The Shadows and The Light.” Madison is fortunate to host the first night of the release tour for this album of compelling synergy.
The Bad Plus — The Bur Oak — Saturday, March 19, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 02/10/2022
Cody Steinmann's Sightless Quartet — Audio for the Arts — Saturday, March 12, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 2/4/2022