Tim Daisy playing the drums

Tim Daisy

Tim DaisyThe North Street Cabaret — Friday, October 29, 2021 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 09/29/2021

Tim Daisy is an acclaimed improviser, composer, and performer who has been working in the experimental, Jazz, improvised, and composed music realms for decades as a solo artist, and in collaboration with other leading creative musicians — both here in the U.S. and internationally. 

Although a decorated composer, it’s his instant composing chops — and those of his cohort — that will be emphasized at his upcoming Madison show.

For those keeping track: Ed Thigpen relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1972.

 


Justin Dillard

Justin Dillard

Justin Dillard TrioThe North Street Cabaret — Saturday, October 23, 2021 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 10/01/2021

Justin Dillard propels the Hammond Organ into the 21st century with his trio, and as a sought-after sideman. Building on the legacies of the legends who came before him, including the recently departed Dr. Lonnie Smith, Justin Dillard continues to grow into the role of Jazz organ elder statesmen.

 


Matt Ulery

Matt Ulery

Matt Ulery's Delicate CharmsThe North Street Cabaret — Friday, October 15, 2021 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 09/29/2021

Matt Ulery, ubiquitous Chicago bassist and composer, brings his Delicate Charms quintet to Madison's North Street Cabaret on October 15th. This first-call sideman on so many of Chicago's coolest gigs also leads a handful of his own bands, and has released albums under his own name numbering about a baker's dozen. His latest release "Delicate Charms Live at the Green Mill" — just out this month — was recorded during the pandemic, and deftly captures the ambiance and atmosphere of this moment in time.

 


Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper — Garver Feed Mill Patio — Friday, September 24, 2021 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 09/08/2021

It’s hard to frame the Jazz or classical scene in Wisconsin or the Upper Midwest over the last 30 years without considering the contributions of Dave Cooper. He has been an Associate Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin--Platteville for 15 years, and an essential member of more groups than I can possibly mention here. Dave’s latest chapter is propelled by his study of the modern improvisational techniques practiced by some of today’s most innovative improvisers, as evidenced by his writing for his group QUAD.

For those keeping score: the composer’s name that I couldn’t remember is Georg Friedrich Haas, and the saxophonist who explores microtonality that Dave didn’t name is Steve Lehman.

 


Jeremy Cunningham

Jeremy Cunningham

Jeremy Cunningham Cafe Coda — Sunday, September 19, 2021 — 7pm

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 08/29/2021

Drummer Jeremy Cunningham’s recent work draws on trauma and grief to inspire some compelling music -- recorded as a tribute to his brother who was murdered in 2008. His music draws Chicago peers into a community, benefiting from the musical wisdom of established players like Jeff Parker. This reflective musician will be appearing in Madison on September 19th at Cafe Coda with Matt Gold and Lane Beckstrom.

 

 


CharlieBallantine

Charlie Ballantine

Charlie BallantineThe Bur Oak — Friday, September 10, 2021 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 08/29/2021

Guitarist Charlie Ballantine is no stranger to ambitious projects, having released an album of his own renditions of the music of Bob Dylan, and now a double LP of the music of Thelonious Monk. He's bringing his Hoosier message to the people with an upcoming string of trio and quartet dates in the US and Canada, with a stop in Madison at the Bur Oak on Friday, September 10th.

 


EthanPhilion

Ethan Philion

Ethan PhilionGarver Feed Mill Patio — Friday, September 17, 2021 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 08/26/2021

Bassist Ethan Philion takes a respectful, well-researched approach to the music of Charles Mingus. This busy Chicago freelancer, with degrees from Oberlin and DePaul -- and a long list of other accolades -- arranges this music always with an ear toward the composer's intent. His band, Meditations: the Music of Charles Mingus, often appearing as a ten-piece ensemble, will be showcased on the Garver Patio as a quartet featuring Russ Johnson, Alexis Lombre, and Dana Hall.

 


Jeff Swanson's Case-fitter

Jeff Swanson

Jeff Swanson's Case-fitterGarver Feed Mill Patio — Friday, September 3, 2021 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 08/19/2021

Guitarist/Composer Jeff Swanson joins me to talk about his group Case-fitter in advance of their first gig in umpteen months -- upcoming on the Garver Patio. This sextet of accomplished Chicago-based interpreters and improvisers, including saxophonist Greg Ward and drummer Greg Artry, lets loose on Jeff’s original compositions that are equal parts intricate and visceral.


Hanging Hearts

Hanging Hearts' Chris Weller

Hanging HeartsGarver Feed Mill Patio — Friday, August 27, 2021 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 08/03/2021

Along with drummer Quin Kirchner, Chicago's Hanging Hearts consists of Cole DeGenova and Chris Weller, two Oak Park high school chums who went on to formulate their musical identities at Boston's Berklee College of Music during the first decade of this century. Tone Madison's own Scott Gordon describes the band as "brash and frequently exuberant" and "moving between surging, rock-inspired melodies one moment and fragmented free jazz the next." I dialed up saxophonist Chris Weller to get the low down on the band, his other projects, and his role with Big Fish Booking -- one of today's premier creative music booking and management agencies.


Chad McCullough

Chad McCullough

Chad McCulloughGarver Feed Mill Patio — Friday, July 23, 2021 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 06/11/2021

Trumpeter / Composer Chad McCullough brings his quartet to the Garver Patio on July 23 for a COVID-postponed release show for his new record "Forward." Chicago Jazz Magazine highlights Chad for his lyricism as a player, his imaginative writing, and for leading a "synergistic quartet of some of Chicago's most idiosyncratic musicians."