The 2019 Jazz at Five Performance Series… Audience members can picnic on the capital lawn while enjoying terrific music and fine Wisconsin evenings. Conversation and camaraderie encouraged.

Jazz at Five is a unique, free cultural event in downtown Madison now in its 26th year.

Events start at 4pm with a youth group of Jazz performers – please come early to support our youth performers.  Capital Beer and Porta Bella catering available at all shows. If you’d like to preorder from Porta Bella for a Jazz at Five Performance, please see the Jazz at Five menu on their website at portabellarest.com and call 608-256-3186 to place your order    See you at the show!

Jazz at Five 2019 Performer Schedule

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Kegonsa Capital Partners, LLC is a Wisconsin-based venture capital management firm.

KCP is the general partner of the Kegonsa Seed Fund I, LP, the premier Wisconsin seed venture capital fund, the managing member of Kegonsa Coinvest Fund, LLC, a Wisconsin-based growth stage venture capital fund.

The primary objective of Kegonsa managed funds is Limited Partner IRR benchmarked to Cambridge and Associates venture capital index. See Cambridge and Associates venture capital index.

KCP employs a Money for Minnows investment strategy. The goal of the Money for Minnows strategy is to obtain the national average investor return for each venture investment segment by increasing new company creation. Investor risk is minimized by spreading venture capital across diverse industries, technologies, and locations throughout Wisconsin.

5:00 SHOW

Bad Philosopher featuring Tony Barba

Bad Philosopher is kicking things off for our first concert of the summer on August 7th at 5:00 PM! Bad Philosopher is a local jazz band created by the band’s electric bassist, Josh Cohen. Bad Philosopher’s sound has been influenced from genres like classical, pop, funk, and jazz along with the African roots tied to jazz music.

6:30 SHOW

Ben Rosenblum Sextet

August 7th continues with Ben Rosenblum taking the stage at 6:30 PM. Ben Rosenblum is an award-winning Jazz pianist, composer, and accordionist from New York City. Rosenblum’s approaches his set by creating a narrative and telling a story with his music that connects with his audience on an emotional, intellectual, and spiritual level.

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Inventure Capital is a boutique investment fund with a portfolio of assets ranging from early stage investments in tech, biotech, and clean tech startups in the Midwest to multi-family apartment development. We seek attractive risk-reward profiles across asset classes and time horizons, combining a unique blend of tax-efficient, cash-flow generating real estate exposure with long term investments in the technology of tomorrow. Start-up investments include two health care technologies, a mobile authentication platform, and a clean water technology company for the oil & gas industry. We also offer consulting and advisory work to include expert financial analysis and due diligence research on an ad hoc basis.

5:00 SHOW

White Shoes featuring The Jimmys

Week Two kicks off with White Shoes featuring The Jimmys on August 14th at 5:00 PM. White Shoes is a Texas based band whose front man, Gerry Burns featuring The Jimmys. The multi award-winning group, has been growing a fan base in Madison with the help of their jazz sound that also blends blues, soul, funk, and R&B.

6:30 SHOW

Harmonious Wail

The August 14th showcase continues with Gypsy Jazz band, Harmonious Wail, at 6:30 PM. This internationally known group was created in Madison over 30 years ago. Harmonious Wail takes their audience on a region to region journey by displaying a combination of musical styles that can be heard around the world.

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Established in 1967, the MGE Foundation is Madison Gas and Electric’s philanthropic arm. Support from the Foundation helps local organizations to improve lives today and the lives of future generations by working to preserve the long-term health and vitality of our community. In the last five years, the Foundation has given over $5 million to more than 400 community organizations. These organizations help to create a better present and future in many ways, including:

  • Supporting the community’s most vulnerable populations.
  • Fostering our community’s culture, arts and history.
  • Protecting our health and environment.
  • Advancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Educating and nurturing our children

Battle of the Bands:

 DB Orchestra

Week 3 Jazz at Five presents our first ever Battle of the Bands competition starting with the DB Orchestra at 5:00 PM. The DB Orchestra is a local band out of UW Madison. The DB Orchestra’s sound features elements of Doo-Wop groups, marching bands, and jazz ensemble.

Brew City Big Band

The competition continues at 6:30 PM on August 21st when the Brew City Big Band takes the stage. The Brew City Big Band is a local 22-piece big band that performs the musical styles of legendary big band leaders. Their showcase features a wide variety of genres including swing, Latin, Polka, jazz, and waltz.

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TBD

The Jazz at Five sponsors are active in the Dane County entrepreneurial business ecosystem – five investment firm sponsors.  Along with Capital Entrepreneurs Jazz at sponsors a “Entrepreneur networking and Jazz” winter series … always trying to make “downtown Madison the place to be”. Jazz at Five is free to the public only due to terrific sponsors.  Catered meals, beer and wine table service with a table waiting your or your client’s arrival.

Interested being THE performance sponsor for the UW-Madison night headlined by Madison’s very own Johannes Wallmann? Please contact eventdirector@jazzatfive.org

UW Night

5:00 SHOW

UW All Stars feat. Dayna Stephens

August 28th is UW night featuring the UW Jazz Ensemble All Stars lead featuring New York saxophonist, Dayna Stephens at 5PM. Stephens the opportunities to collaborate with other big names in creating his own label, Contagious Music.

6:30 SHOW

Johannes Wallmann Quintet feat. Dayna Stephens

The excitement continues during the August 28th showcase when Dayna Stephens is joined by the Johannes Wallmann Quintet. Director of Jazz Studies at UW-Madison, Johannes Wallmann’s background as a pianist, composer, and recording artist comes with an impressive list of credentials to his music career including eight critically acclaimed albums.

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TBD

The Jazz at Five sponsors are active in the Dane County entrepreneurial business ecosystem – five investment firm sponsors.  Along with Capital Entrepreneurs Jazz at sponsors a “Entrepreneur networking and Jazz” winter series … always trying to make “downtown Madison the place to be”. Jazz at Five is free to the public only due to terrific sponsors.  Catered meals, beer and wine table service with a table waiting your or your client’s arrival.

Interested being THE performance sponsor for the Waunakee Big Band and Recession Seven Quintet performance evening? Please contact eventdirector@jazzatfive.org

5:00 SHOW

Waunakee Big Band

The Waunakee Big Band is kicking off our fifth and final night of concerts on September 4th at 5:00 PM. The eighteen-piece big band plays music from as far back as the 1920s to as recent as the 2010s. For the past five years the Waunakee Big Band has played jazz music around Dane County.

6:30 SHOW

Recession Seven Quintet

To end the summer concert series on Sept. 4th at 6:30 PM is the Chicago based band, Petra’s Recession Seven Quintet. Formed at the beginning of the 2008 recession by jazz vocalist and lead singer, Petra van Nuis. Petra’s Recession Seven is best known for play music styles like 1920s/1930s Chicago-style hot jazz and 1940s big band swing.

“Our mission is to make Madison a better place to be and visit by providing live jazz events free to the public.
We promote awareness of the jazz art form and increase local community culture with performer diversity,
enhanced visibility for our local jazz artists and public performance opportunities for youth musical groups.”

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