A wealth of local and touring jazz spreads out around the corner of Winnebago and Atwood. Info
The east-side venue/gallery/literary incubator Arts + Literature Laboratory has developed a central role in Madison's jazz programming over the past few years, not only bringing in luminaries from Roscoe Mitchell to Ken Vandermark, but also becoming one of the key spots for a resurgent locally based jazz scene. The venue's second annual jazz festival, coinciding with Spring Gallery Night, uses several spaces along Atwood Avenue and Winnebago Street to showcase a variety of approaches to jazz. ALL Jazz Fest builds on ALL's own successes as a jazz venue, and on the model that the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and Madison Music Collective (now ALL's partner organizations) developed with the Strollin' series. This year's performances take place at ALL itself, the courtyard outside glass-blowing operation Studio Paran, Monona State Bank, MadCity Music, the TAP IT/New Works Space, and Union Hair Parlor. The programming is heavy on Madison-area artists. Trumpeters Dave Cooper and Paul Dietrich will both perform layered original compositions in quartet settings outside Studio Paran, combustive free-jazz trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage will play at MadCity, and saxophonist/composer Anders Svanoe will lead his boisterous, rhythmically expansive "double trio," as featured on his 2018 album 747 Queen Of The Skies. Joining Stray Passage on the more experimental side of the lineup are saxophonist Tony Barba and drummer Michael Brenneis, who play the TAPIT space behind their improvisational, electronics-enhanced album Outside The Sphere.
The out-of-town musicians of note here include veteran drummer Vincent Davis, whose role in Chicago's fertile avant-garde jazz scene goes back decades and has included collaborations with artists including Roscoe Mitchell (joining him for a show at ALL in 2016, in fact) and Malachi Favors. He'll perform the festival-closing set at ALL in a trio with bassist Jeremiah Hunt and saxophone player Isaiah Collier. NYC-based saxophonist/vocalist/flautist Caroline Davis (who has also played ALL before) will perform at Monona State Bank with her project Maitri, and will apparently also be dropping in on some of the other sets scheduled throughout the evening. —Scott Gordon