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Isthmus Jazz Fest

The 2011 Isthmus Jazz Festival kicks off summer in Madison with a wide-ranging lineup on June 3 and 4 on the UW Memorial Union Terrace. The festival runs the gamut from big band to small group, Latin to bebop. You can sit and admire the instrumental virtuosity or get up and dance to late-night salsa and merengue.

The entire festival is free this year, with no ticketed event in the Wisconsin Union Theater.

Out-of-town acts include the Mike Frost Project, a hard-blowing Chicago group featuring the leader’s tenor and soprano sax. The Marlin McKay Quintet, based in Bloomington, Ind., is a straight-ahead combo led by a fluent young trumpeter.

Local groups new to the festival are the Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra, a recently formed big band devoted to music by Stan Kenton and Johnny Richards; the swinging, string-oriented Stellanovas; the UW Jazz Orchestra; and the lively Latin band Grupo Candela.

Old favorites from the local scene include Michelle DuVall with Get Down, Mr. Cat; the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Super Group; the Jan Wheaton Quartet; the High School Jazz All-Stars; and the Edgewood College Jazz Ensemble.

Isthmus Jazz Festival 2011

All events are free on University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Memorial Union Terrace, 800 Langdon St.

Friday, June 3

3:30 pm: Edgewood College Jazz Ensemble

4:30 pm: High School Jazz All-Stars

6 pm: Michelle DuVall with Get Down, Mr. Cat

7:30 pm: Madison Mellophonium Jazz Orchestra

10 pm: The Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Super Group

Saturday, June 4

2 pm: UW Jazz Orchestra

3:15 pm: The Stellanovas

4:30 pm: Jan Wheaton Quartet

6 pm: Marlin McKay Quintet

8 pm: The Mike Frost Project

10 pm: Grupo Candela

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  • Sam

    Fun both nights ! Danced off the beer before heading home !

    June 5, 2011

  • Ellen

    So nice to be on the terrace during hot weather. Good variety of music and it was nice that different people could come and go all night. We had a good spot to see the bands and watch for others we knew who walked by the stage. Bill got us a good spot and we had enough room even with how crowded it was.

    June 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    ok i will see if i get out of work early to make it. but i thought i would check in case i do.

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've never been to this before. Check the site later. I'll post where I'm at when I check in. I plan on getting there by five.

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is everyone meeting u?

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's a link to the map. It's interactive. Enter parking in the box next to show me...

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    There is no good place to park. I'm riding my bike there. You could check out the union online and there should be a map to the campus, including parking ramps.

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the best place to park down there?

    June 3, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event is only on the weekend of June 3 & 4. The schedule is posted above. I won't be able to attend on Saturday but anyone is welcome to go there. Maybe another event organizer can post this for Saturday.

    May 22, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long does this last as we don't get out of work until 6:30? Is There nay of these events with sat dates as it would be easier to attend.

    May 22, 2011

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