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Saxophone phenom Tia Fuller lights up the Sett with ebullient improvised jazz

Though she's best known for being Beyoncé's saxophonist, Tia Fuller returned to her roots for an evening of straight-ahead, marvelously improvised jazz Friday at the UW Union South Sett. I caught the first of the evening's two Isthmus Jazz Series concerts, which proved why this 36-year-old musician is a rising star in the jazz world. >More
 With Madison Symphony Orchestra, violin virtuoso James Ehnes makes an eloquent case for Bartók

It was "The Three B's" for the Madison Symphony Orchestra at Friday night's concert at Overture Hall. Well, it wasn't all three "b's" one might expect. But the orchestra reminded the audience how many other significant "b's" there are beyond Beethoven and Bach. >More
 Rhett Miller talks about milestones on the 15th anniversary of the Old 97s' Too Far to Care

Alt-country charmer Rhett Miller will spend the next couple months playing the opening set for his own band, Old 97's. Miller will kick-start an Oct. 17 concert at Overture Center's Capitol Theater with tunes from his new solo album, The Dreamer. After that, Old 97's will play two sets, one of which will be devoted to playing 1997's Too Far to Care from start to finish. I caught up with Miller on the phone at his upstate New York home, where he had spent the morning creating bookmarks with his 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. >More
 Mayor Soglin lavishes money on music in Madison

It appears that Mayor Paul Soglin has been vaccinated with a turntable needle. He's dedicated approximately $100,000 to music development in his proposed city budget for 2013. He's also cut $1 million of Overture Center's city funding, leaving the performing-arts organization with $850,000 for the upcoming year unless the Common Council restores funds. >More
 B-Side Records celebrates 30 years of selling 'music that lasts'

The world has changed a great deal since 1982, the year B-Side Records set up shop on State Street. A few days before the store opened, Billy Joel's 52nd Street became the first album to be released on compact disc. A few weeks afterward, Michael Jackson's Thriller hit the airwaves, becoming the country's best-selling album of all time. >More
 Gossip turn down the synths and crank up the guitars at the Majestic Theatre

Gossip have received mixed reviews for their latest album, A Joyful Noise, which flirts heavily with Europop and synthpop while dropping much of the rock their fans are used to hearing. But rock was definitely present at last night's concert at the Majestic Theatre, even if the subversively political band's garage-rock past was only accounted for once. >More
 Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra outshines the 5 Browns in season opener

For its season opener at Overture Center's Capitol Theater, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra brought us not one guest soloist but five -- the two brothers and three sisters who make up the 5 Browns. >More
 MadTracks: 'Awesome Never' by Dharmonic Deluxe and 'Ledge' by Bi-Polar Bear

This weekend is filled with album-release shows by local bands, from the excellent Americana outfit Count This Penny to the funky Malian bluesman Tani Diakite and his band the Afrofunkstars. To help you assess tonight's live-music offerings, here are tracks by two groups that are a bit harder to describe: Dharmonic Deluxe and Bi-Polar Bear. >More
 Overture Center's MadCity Sessions kicks off with a free Corey Hart concert

The Overture After Work concert series has morphed into MadCity Sessions, a bigger, bolder attempt to acquaint local music fans with area musicians. The free series kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. with a performance by folk-rock singer-songwriter Corey Hart. MadCity Sessions shows take place on Thursday nights in the Overture Hall Lobby through May 16. >More
 Jazz musician Tia Fuller comes into her own after touring with Beyoncé

Two days before 9/11, a young jazz saxophonist named Tia Fuller moved from her native Colorado to Jersey City, N.J., a few miles from Manhattan, ready to make her mark. Then the local economy collapsed along with the Twin Towers. But she pressed on, landing a gig at a fish fry that very weekend. Soon she was in the funk band at a poetry slam, and before long, she was touring the world with R&B superstar Beyoncé. >More
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