Summer Concerts

Summer Concerts

Sundays in the Garden 2023

Jazz at Allen Centennial Garden

5:00-6:15pm

  

June 11 | JANET PLANET

ACG welcomes the spirited and vivacious Janet Planet and her trio to kick off the 2023 summer concerts. New York Magazine calls her a “sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.”

Janet Planet, vocals | Tom Theabo, guitar | Mark Urness, bass | Ryan Korb, percussion

 

June 25 | MJO: MADISON JAZZ ORCHESTRA

The hottest, swingin’est jazz orchestra in southern Wisconsin, the nineteen-piece MJO performs charts from the golden era of big bands: Fletch Henderson, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington and more.

Brian Whitty & Don Deal, band leaders

 

July 9 |RICO VIBES

Led by vibe virtuoso Tommy Mattioli, Rico Vibes serves up exuberant high-energy music blending funk, Latin and jazz rhythms with original tunes and modern arrangements of standards and classics. The band’s irresistable groove will lift you out of your seat!

Tommy Mattioli, vibraphone | Paul Muench, keys | Arno Gonzalez, timbales

Paddy Cassidy, congas | Ben Ferris, bass | José Madera, percussion

 

July 23 | PAUL DIETRICH’s ELEMENTAL QUARTET

A new venture for leader-composer Paul Dietrich, reflecting a return to basics and simplicity after several large-ensemble projects.  In this powerhouse quartet of Midwestern stalwarts expect to hear folk-inspired jazz music syled after musicians such as Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, and Brad Mehldau.

Paul Dietrich, trumpet | Matt Gold, guitar | Brian Courage, bass | Devin Drobka, drums

 

August 6 | THE JAZZ GUYS

Born during the pandemic, with the covid winter spent—at a distance—preparing, and rehearsing carefully honed arrangements, this quartet debuted in spring 2021 at Café Coda. Expect tight new renditions of modern jazz and standards, and stylish jazz arrangements of classic pop.

Paul Muench, piano | Vince Jesse, guitar | John Schaffer, bass | Jim Huwe, drums

 

August 20 | BETSY EZELL’s BOSSA NOVA PROJECT 

A new project by vocalist Betsy Ezell, Canção (Brazilian for ‘song’) features music in the tradition of bossa nova in a set that includes innovative arrangements of traditional songs as well as original compositions.

Betsy Ezell, vocals | Richard Hildner, guitar | Nick Moran, bass | Chris

Rottmayer, piano | Nicholas Bartell, saxophone