7 Jazz shows you don't want to miss
Spring is not quite in the air yet … but we’ll soon warm things up! Our jazz lineup is stronger than ever this year, and it’s all coming up in the next few months. Here are a five shows you won’t want to miss!
1. MadCity Sessions: Orquesta de Kache
THU, JAN 8 | 6 PM (FREE)
Made up of musicians from Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the USA, Orquesta De Kache is one of the top-booking Latin bands in the greater Madison area. Founded in the summer of 2011, Orquesta De Kache’s music includes salsa, merengue, cha-cha-cha, and cumbia, so make sure to bring your dancing shoes and favorite dance partner. Their music is so hot, you’ll forget how cold it is outside.
Arrive early for a free salsa lesson with Los Sabrosos from 5:30-6 PM, then stick around for the concert and a dance contest with a chance to win two tickets to Pedrito Martinez!
2. Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holliday with José James
FRI, JAN 16 | 8 PM
Ask anybody to name one jazz singer, and they’ll likely name Billie Holliday. Celebrate Lady Day’s centennial with a tribute by one of the New York jazz scene’s shining stars, José James.
Plus – bring your instruments and stay late for a jam session with Madison’s own New Breed!
3. Pedrito Martinez
THU, FEB 12 | 7:30 PM
The Cuban-born, New York-based percussionist has appeared on over 100 albums and toured with the top Cuban and American musicians. But he’s at his best as a band leader – especially with the first five rows of seats removed to make room for dancing!
Stay after the performance for a Meet the Artist Q&A with the band in Capitol Theater!
4. Over the Rainbow: A Musical Tribute to Judy Garland Featuring Hilary Cole
THU, FEB 26 | 7:30 PM
The remarkable Hilary Kole conjures the spirit and beauty of Judy Garland in stunning jazz quartet arrangements. Featuring “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “The Trolley Song,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” and other timeless classics. Price level A includes post-show meet and greet with Ms. Kole.
5. An Evening With Molly Ringwald
FRI, MAR 27 | 8 PM
Funny how becoming a famous actor can put a music career on hold. The Pretty in Pink star has been singing all along, spurred on by her pianist father Bob Ringwald. But she focused on acting until she dropped Except Sometimes just last year. Come see a side of Molly you’ve never seen.
Enjoy a FREE wine tasting one hour before the performance in the Capitol Theater Lobby! Special thank you to Frank Liquor Company.
6. Cabaret Dinner Theater with T. Oliver Reid’s Tribute to Bobby Short
THU, APR 23 | 7 PM (includes 3-course gourmet dinner on the Capitol Theater stage)
T. Oliver has been lucky enough to work with some of the Great White Way’s brightest and best performers including Chita Rivera, Bryan Stokes Mitchell, Jane Krakowski, Karen Ziemba, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey, Marin Mazzie, Sutton Foster, and Robert Goulet. The list of Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors he has had the great fortune to work with include the likes of Michael Blakemore, Kathleen Marshall, Rob Marshall, Rob Ashford, Casey Nicolaw, Matthew Warchus, Jerry Zaks, Ann Reinking, Jerry Mitchell and Sir Richard Eyre.
7. Elling Swings Sinatra with Kurt Elling
SAT, APR 25 | 8 PM
With more GRAMMY nominations than it’d be polite to mention, he’s the “standout male vocalist of our time” (New York Times) and an Overture Center favorite. He might just be the only man working today qualified to pay fitting tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes. Sure to be a stunning concert experience.
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