Indigenous Jazz Concert Features Russ Johnson
Fall means cooler weather and…hot jazz.
This coming Friday night, September 30, marks the start of the Fall season for the popular "InDIGenous Jazz" concert series that's co-produced by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Madison Music Collective, and the Wisconsin Union Theater. As usual, the series features music composed and performed by the area's top jazz musicians. Four outstanding concerts are on tap for the Fall series, each one on a Friday night with a 7:30 PM start, each at the UW Memorial Union's Frederic March Play Circle, and each having free admission. The performance schedule is shown on the poster at the end of this message
This Friday's show features Russ Johnson’s (pictured here) HEADLANDS quartet. Johnson, Director of Jazz Studies at UW-Parkside, is part of Madison’s “extended jazz family,” often performing here with UW-Madison Jazz Studies Director Johannes Wallmann. Johnson spent 23 years as an important member of New York City’s jazz community, and has worked with such top-flight jazz musicians as Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell and Steve Swallow. Appearing on over 75 recordings, his most recent CDs gained rave reviews in DownBeat magazine. Along with a set of newly-composed Johnson tunes, the quartet will perform his new extended work: a suite commissioned by Chicago’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival and premiered there last Fall. Other quartet members include pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitmeyer. Check out a sample of Russ’ music in a similar format at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoyVw1pDnWA.