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Luke Busch

I enjoy playing many different types of music, primarily big band, jazz, funk, and rock. I also like to play in pit orchestras and wind bands. I grew up playing in The Larry Busch Band, where I learned various styles in the ballroom tradition, as well as the importance of being a reliable and consistent member of a band. In addition, I’ve studied privately with several notable area sax players, including Rob Shepherd, Dr. Greg Balfany, and Dr. Barry Ellis.

Jeff Weiss

Jeff Weiss, recent graduate of UW-Madison's School of Music, is already a master bassist with dazzling artistic prowess. Awarded the 2012 Madison Area Music Award for best bassist of the year, Jeff brings to the gypsy jazz group Harmonious Wail a mesmerizing technical facility on the fretboard, a sophisticated and versatile style, and a powerful ability to create musical ambiance and rapport. Jeff studied under Richard Davis for five years and was principle bassist for UW-Madison's Symphony Orchestra. Jeff's music reflects a broad application of classical and jazz influences.

Al Falaschi

Saxophonist, vocalist, writer and producer with Phat Phunktion. Also recorded with Bon Iver, Clyde Stubblefield, Leo Sidran, The Cash Box Kings, and The Jimmys.

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Anders Svanoe

Playing all of the saxophones and the occasional clarinet part, Anders got his start in music taking piano lessons, singing in church choirs and playing saxophone and piano in the public school bands. In 1991 Anders graduated from Luther College and in 1994 he completed his Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the mid 1990s Anders studied with Frank Morgan while Frank lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. “Frank taught me everything about the saxophone, especially the importance of sound.” Another key component to Anders’ post-graduate education was his meetings with multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell

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Rodrigo Villanueva

Drummer and composer, Rodrigo holds a bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. He has played and/or recorded with several jazz, classical and pop artists from Mexico, Perú, Korea, Japan and the U.S. Among them are Stefan Karlsson, Alex Mercado, Lynn Seaton, Eddie Gomez, Fareed Haque, Ed Saindon, Clark Terry, Eddie Henderson, Jimmy Owens, Liam Teague, Rodolfo Sanchez, Lee Tomboulian, Hiro Morozumi, Jangeun Bae, Carlos Guedes, Meyer Kupferman, Takayoshi Yoshioka, Jon Anderson, Carlos Prieto, Roberto Limón, Sandra Kaye, Carla White, and the Mexican pop icons Lucero and Alejandro Fernandez. As a composer, he has arranged and/or sequenced music for pop artists and has published several original compositions for jazz big band. As an educator Mr

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Alison Margaret

Vocalist, Hammond organist, and keyboardist Alison Margaret is an accomplished jazz/soul/rock musician in the Madison area music scene. She combines various musical styles into her career as the leader of the Alison Margaret Jazz Quintet and backing vocalist for Steely Dane - the ultimate Steely Dan tribute band combining 18 of Madison's finest musicians.

The Alison Margaret Jazz Quartet features innovative arrangements of American jazz and folk classics as well as lesser-known tunes from the jazz repertoire. Ms. Margaret's arranging style is steeped in tradition, yet infused with modern harmony, rhythm, and improvisational creativity

NEWS: RECORDING

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

As a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison music students who banded together in 1996, Phat Phunktion have built a loyal following of listeners throughout the United States and around the world. Combining the polish of Top 40 with the smooth feeling of 60’s soul and the raw groove of 70’s funk, Phat Phunktion is a nine-piece ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK @ NIGHT

Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival

Read "Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival Carnegie Hall New York, NY March 3, 2017 Stephane Wrembel, the France-born, Berklee-educated guitarist now based in New Jersey, produced the first Django A Gogo festival in 2004 as a single evening to pay homage to Django Reinhardt. Since then, the “Gypsy ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Make Music Day 2015 Announces Lineup

Make Music Day 2015 Announces Lineup

Billed as the world's largest annual music event will fill June 21, the first day of summer, with sound. Make Music Day is free to the public and everyone is invited to play along. Make Music Day announced a lineup of more than 2,250 free, outdoor musical events taking place in 23 U.S. cities including jny: New ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

24 Jazz Heroes in 22 cities Announced by Jazz Journalists Association

24 Jazz Heroes in 22 cities Announced by Jazz Journalists Association

Educators, Presenters, Philanthropists, Fans, Players, Poet and Dentist Hailed as Activists, Advocates, Altruists, Aiders and Abettors of Jazz Honored New York, NY: Two dozen “JazzHeroes"—activists of positive influence on their musical communities—have been announced today by the Jazz Journalists Association, a non-profit organization of media professionals, in collaborations with grassroots organizations andsupporters in 22 U.S. cities, ...


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