Jazz at Five, the Midwest’s premier free live jazz concert series, begins its 19th season on August 8. The series features five nights of top national, regional, and local jazz artists on Wednesday from 5-8:00 pm at State Street and the Square.
The 2012 series kicks off with acclaimed alto saxophonist Charles McPherson. The series closes four weeks later with Grammy award winner Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer featuring Mark Winkler and supported by a trio of Madison’s top jazz musicians.
Jazz at Five 2012 Performers
|Date||6:30 Performer||5:00 Performer|
|Aug 8||Charles McPherson Alto saxophonist known for his long-time collaboration with Charles Mingus (neo-bebop).||Francesca Esme Quartet
A Brooklyn singer evoking such greats as June Christy and Peggy Lee (vocal jazz).
|Aug 15||Madison Jazz Orchestra 20+ member Madison jazz orchestra celebrating their 25th year (big band jazz).||Lynette Margulies/Jane Reynolds Quartet Long-standing collaboration between two of Madison’s favorite jazz performers (vocal/piano duo).|
|Aug 22||MadiSalsa 11 member ensemble devoted to the musical traditions of Cuba and Puerto Rico (Latin jazz).||Alison Margaret Quartet w/Jimmy Voegeli on the Hammond B3 organ Gifted jazz singer and pianist (blues jazz).|
|Aug 29||John Jorgenson Quintet Grammy-winner John Jorgenson toured with Elton John (gypsy swing).||The Stellanovas Intimate, swinging jazz with Hawaiian influences (cafe jazz).|
|Sep 5||Cheryl Bentyne & Mark Winkler Grammy-winner Manhattan Transfer singer Cheryl Bentyne w/ vocalist Mark Winkler (cool jazz).||Ray Rideout Quartet Saxophonist Ray Rideout leads a local jazz quartet (straight jazz).|
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