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Winter Jazz Fest

  • North Street Cabaret 610 North Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, formed a few years back as a sort of coordinating umbrella for a handful of jazz-centered nonprofit organizations in town, has become a quietly transformative force in local music. Its Strollin' and InDIGenous series highlight local and regional musicians performing their own compositions, and launched a grants program that funds the creation of original works. It helps that GMJC's efforts have come along at a time when a lot of younger jazz artists are making their mark on Madison. This annual winter benefit concert helps to support some of that programming. This year, it features the fluid jazz/rock/electronic exploration of Major Vistas, Latin-jazz band Mambo Blue, and the vocal-centered outfit 2 Broads 1 Band. —Scott Gordon