Madison's jazz community honors the late WORT jazz host and historian. Info
Gary Alderman, who died this July at the age of 76, put in the kind of sustained, passionate effort that is crucial to making local and regional music communities function. Alderman spent 35 years hosting WORT's Journeys Into Jazz, a cornerstone of the station's strong jazz programming on weekday afternoons (alongside JoAnne Powers' Fire Worship, Dave Lorentzen's All Around Jazz, and Steve Braunginn and Jane Reynolds' Strictly Jazz Sounds). Journeys let listeners in on Alderman's deep command of jazz music and history, in playlists that stretched from the earlier days of jazz recording to the music's explosive harmonic evolutions in the '50s and '60s to contemporary vocal jazz to tracks by Madison-based artists. Alderman also collected and dealt in rare jazz records and other archival material, and even hosted programs of rare jazz films until very recently. As a recent piece in the Wisconsin State Journal illustrates, Alderman touched a lot of lives and also held a PhD in microbiology from UW-Madison.
Musicians and fellow jazz lovers will gather at this event to give Alderman a fitting send-off. The Mike Cammilleri Organ Trio will perform, which organizers explain is a nod to Alderman's particular love of the jazz organ. Cammilleri's own rich understanding of the jazz organ and the trio's wide repertoire of jazz, funk, and pop should also be a fitting tribute to Alderman's breadth of musical knowledge. After the trio plays, musicians are invited to perform in a jam session, and attendees are invited to offer remembrances of Alderman. —Scott Gordon