Craig Taborn — Cafe Coda — Thursday, April 14, 2022 — 7 PM
By Michael Brenneis
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.
by Michael Brenneis - RattleTickBuzz.com
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
Tim Whalen Nonet — Cafe Coda — Saturday, March 5, 2022 — 7 & 9 PM
Tim Whalen left Madison over a decade ago for Washington DC and the US Army band, but his legacy lives on here in the New Breed Jazz Jam, and Phat Phunktion—musical institutions formed with contemporaries at the UW Madison. He returns to showcase the Tim Whalen Nonet, another popular institution formed somewhat later during his Madison tenure.
Russ Johnson — The North Street Cabaret — Friday, February 18, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 01/16/2022
Russ Johnson returned to Wisconsin to take a teaching position in 2011 after thriving on the New York scene for nearly a quarter century. The quality of his work from his New York days through his current endeavors along the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor rivals anything produced by his contemporaries, and deserves to be widely recognized. Russ is one of those musicians whose mere presence serves to elevate the entire scene.
The Montauk Project [più mosso] — The Bur Oak — Friday, February 4, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 01/02/2022
The Montauk Project [più mosso] is a gathering of improvising musicians and dancers from the Western Milwaukee suburbs, the Fox Valley, and Madison itself. A group that expands and contracts to fit the performance, this iteration will include four musicians and three dancers–all of whom come together with the underlying credo of “anything goes.”
Wills McKenna, Peter Maunu, Ishmael Ali, Adam Shead — The North Street Cabaret — Friday, January 21, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 12/20/2021
Today we’re talking to a multi-generational collective quartet of Chicago improvisers: a nameless band in the tradition of nameless bands—more on that later. The members of this group span a spectrum from LA studio veteran to up and coming software engineer, but they gather with the unified purpose of advancing their humanity through musical exploration.
Mike Allemana and the Regulators — The North Street Cabaret — Friday, January 7, 2022 — 8PM
Interview date: 12/18/2021
Guitarist, arranger, ethnomusicologist Mike Allemana traces much of his inspiration back to the influence of Von Freeman, and his nights at the fabled Apartment Lounge where he engaged with both the elders and the youth of the culture. His band the Regulators pushes the limits of rhythm while always maintaining a Funk connection, and acknowledging the lineage of Steve Coleman, Von Freeman, and many others.