Get jazzed for the Madison Jazz Festival

Jazz fans, rejoice. The second week of June will be packed with jazz events all over the isthmus ending with a musical weekend at the Memorial Union Terrace.

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Cafe CODA is one of the preeminent places in the 608 that celebrates jazz in all its forms. | Photo via Cafe CODA

The Madison Jazz Festival returns Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 16 for 10 days of free concerts, presentations, and ticketed shows.


Raul Midón | Saturday, June 8 | 8-10 p.m. | Cafe CODA, 1224 Williamson St. | $25-$30 | Get a sneak peek at this Grammy-nominated artist’s show by checking out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert.

Marbin | Sunday, June 9 | 7 p.m. | High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave. | $17 | Since 2011, Marbin’s extensive US tours and word-of-mouth praise have garnered a global fanbase.

Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo | Monday, June 10 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Arts + Literature Laboratory, 111 S. Livingston St.| $25-$45 | Enjoy a performance of the duo’s new album, “El Arte Del Bolero, Vol 2.”


B.I.T. Duo | Friday, June 7 | 7-9 p.m. | Arts + Literature Laboratory, 111 S. Livingston St. | The B.I.T.'s “Puccini, My Love” concert honors Giacomo Puccini with a unique blend of jazz and 19th-century opera.

Chuck France discusses Sarah Vaughan and Richard Davis | June 8 | 10:30 a.m. | Pinney Library, 516 Cottage Grove Rd. | WORT 89.9FM host Chuck France will explore the careers of Sarah Vaughan and professor Richard Davis, an American jazz bassist.

Dan Cavanagh Quartet | Sunday, June 9 | 5-7 p.m. | Allen Centennial Garden, 620 Babcock Dr. | Pianist and director of the Mead-Witter School of Music Dan Cavanagh has written for Patti LaBelle.

The New Orleans Tribute | Monday, June 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Warner Park, 2930 N. Sherman Ave. | This band, featuring veteran Madison musicians, performs New Orleans Jazz, R&B, and second line music.

Lenard Simpson Quartet | Tuesday, June 11 | 7-9 p.m. | North Street Cabaret, 610 North St. | This Milwaukee native moved to Chicago to become one of the city’s top saxophonists.

Madison Jazz Jam | Tuesday, June 11 | 7 p.m. | North Street Cabaret, 610 North St. | Jazz improvisers of all ages and skill levels are welcome to jam out with other locals.

Mr. Chair’s Strings & Things | Wednesday, June 12 | 7 p.m. | Cafe CODA, 1224 Williamson St. | 2021’s Wisconsin Area Music Industry Best Jazz Artist blends jazz, classical, and rock music.

String Theory: The Richard Davis Method | Thursday, June 13 | 7 p.m. | Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St. | Watch a screening of this Richard Davis documentary before hearing from the producer and other jazz professionals.

A Celebration of Vocal Jazz | Friday, June 14 | 7 p.m. | Arts + Literature Laboratory, 111 S. Livingston St. | Adekola Adedapo, Donna Woodall, and Michelle DuVall will serenade attendees with the help of a few supporting musicians.

Memorial Union Terrace weekend

The Madison Jazz Festival will end with a weekend of free performances at the Memorial Union Terrace.

Headliners for the weekend will be the Orrin Evans Quartet on June 15 and the Dee Dee Bridgewater Quartet on June 16, both running from 7 to 8:30 p.m.