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Isthmus Jazz Festival: Rare Jazz Films (free)

  • Sequoya Library 4340 Tokay Boulevard Madison, WI, 53711 United States (map)

WORT jazz host Gary Alderman shares and narrates a wide-ranging program of jazz footage from his archives. Info

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The ongoing Isthmus Jazz Festival wraps up this weekend with a few very good events, including a Saturday headlining set on the Terrace from Makaya McCraven—more about what's catching our eyes at the festival as a whole here. The festival has also been making more of a point these last few years to incorporate film screenings, talks, and other programming that goes beyond its strong lineup of actual jazz performances. Gary Alderman, longtime host of WORT's Wednesday afternoon Journeys Into Jazz show, will host this event at the west side's Sequoya Library, where he'll present a program of rare footage from across the history of the genre. Alderman's work as a jazz collector and historian also includes finding and selling out-of-print jazz publications and recordings, so it'll be interesting to see what he shares from his archives here. He's promised that the footage will run the gamut, drawing from American and international TV broadcasts, movies, festival performances. Alderman will also be providing some context and narration of footage that he's hinted may include "Charlie Parker, Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, June Christy, Anita O’Day, Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, and other jazz musicians." —Scott Gordon