Tim Daisy playing the drums

Tim Daisy

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…


Justin Dillard

Justin Dillard

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…


Matt Ulery

Matt Ulery

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…


Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper

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…


Jeremy Cunningham

Jeremy Cunningham

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…


CharlieBallantine

Charlie Ballantine

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…


EthanPhilion

Ethan Philion

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…


Jeff Swanson's Case-fitter

Jeff Swanson

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…


Hanging Hearts

Hanging Hearts’ Chris Weller

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…


Chad McCullough

Chad McCullough

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…


Mars Williams

Mars Williams

One of the cornerstones of the Chicago improvised music scene, Mars Williams is one of those rare musicians who successfully approaches music as a continuum, rather than a series of discrete genres.…


ARP of the Covenant

ARP of the Covenant

This pun-loving band came together in 2003 on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor as fresh-faced graduate students in the department of music. Although they've never quite breached the…


The Dirk Quinn Band

The Dirk Quinn Band

The Dirk Quinn Band is a hard-travelling jam band from the Philadelphia area. The band is on the vanguard of groups heading out on tour as venues across the country begin to re-open. Our conversation…


MaxBessesen

Max Bessesen

Max Bessesen brings his Chicago/Milwaukee based quintet to the Garver Feed Mill Patio to make up for a date postponed from April of 2020. The band will be playing from Max's debut recording as a…


ClauserMercado

Alex Mercado & Todd Clouser

Alex Mercado, considered by many to be one of Mexico’s finest jazz pianists, brings his U.S. based trio to play music from his newly released album “Exilio.” Todd Clouser’s Cinema: Music for Unmade…


Tony Barba + Maitri

Tony Barba Quartet + Maitri

Once again responsible people will gather at a social distance on the Garver Patio to experience some great music--some of which is only available to us now due to pandemic circumstances. The Tony…


Lesser Lakes Trio + Svanoe/Townsend/Zielinski Trio

The two trios coming to Garver, while similar in instrumentation (horn-bass-drums), are substantially different in many ways. The seven-year-old Lesser Lakes Trio draws members from a swath of…


Harriet Tubman

Their music defies categorization, but these days--and in any era, really--the best music does. These are creators whose roots extend into the fertile ‘80s, ‘90s, and beyond, and to artists who were,…


MindStorm

Thomas Ferella, who, along with Dave Stone, makes up the BlueStem Jazz leadership, has collected an extensive archive of video, that he’s shot over the last 15 years. Inspired by the work of another…


Ken Vandermark and Paul Lytton

Throughout his prolific career, Ken Vandermark has led or collaborated in ensembles of every size--from large groups like his Territory Band, to duo settings like the one he will present in Madison.…


KUZU : Rempis – Dorji – Damon

Dave Rempis is a tireless internationally-touring artist, and has led or been a member of 20+ bands, with Chicago-based and other US musicians, and a select group of international comrades. Over the…


REVERSO

Ryan Keberle’s career is an archetype for the talented, creative musician: featured soloist with Maria Schneider; first-call sub on Saturday Night Live; college professor in NYC; projects at every…


FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS

The name “Friends & Neighbors” is an homage to inspiration Ornette Coleman, but also describes the members of this Norwegian band themselves. With the classic jazz quintet instrumentation, these…


KAHIL EL’ZABAR ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE

The success of Kahil El’Zabar’s innovative and creative vision is evidenced not only by the substance and breadth of his career, but also by its longevity. Coming of age in the early years of the…


NOW ENSEMBLE

It’s widely known that southern Wisconsin is something of a hot-bed for New Music in all of its shapes and flavors. With the upcoming performance by NOW Ensemble, Madison has a somewhat rare…


COLLECTOR

Collector twists the definition of a jazz piano trio with a collective process, a healthy dose of electronics, and a focus on free improvisation. For this show they may change their routine a little…