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Strollin' Middleton (free)

  • Downtown Middleton 7447 University Avenue Middleton, WI, 53562 United States (map)

Launched in 2014 by the non-profit Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, the Strollin' series has offered a promising model for exposing more listeners to the Midwest's jazz community—which is more diverse and youthful than a lot of Madisonians seem to appreciate. A few times each year, the organizers pick a Madison-area neighborhood (past ones have included Schenk's Corners on the near-east side, South Park Street, downtown Madison, and Verona) and set up a night of free jazz performances in a handful of businesses within walking distance of each other, and stagger the schedule so attendees can experience a diverse spectrum of jazz over the course of a few hours. The series has been a bit quieter this year, but makes its second foray into Middleton here, with highlights including a duo performance from vocalist Michelle DuVall and Rhodes-ripping treasure Paul Hastil; an inventive take on Caribbean music from the Panchromatic Steel Band; and a quartet led by saxophonist and recent UW-Madison graduate Rachel Heuer. —Scott Gordon

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