About three years ago, when it was decided that the building at 610 North Street would be dedicated to music and the arts, I started to think of all of the programs that I had wanted to produce if and when the opportunity ever presented itself. “Women in Jazz” was something stirring in me for quite some time, and with the awareness of the moment, it became even more relevant.
I reached out to several female musicians that I have known throughout the years (still working on a time that they can fit Madison into their schedule) and some that I have never met. I contacted Sharel Cassidy’s agency https://www.sharelcassity.com/ and offered November 22 and 23. About that same time I received an email from Katherine Kramer about booking “Jazz on Tap” the notion was unique and intriguing, but when she told me of who would be performing with her I was all in. Roberta Piket and Virginia Mayhew are standouts in their own right, and in combination with Madison’s Laurie Lang and Milwaukee drummer David Bayles I was absolutely sold and it gave me a perfect opportunity to declare the start of “Women in Jazz”.
Jazz on Tap came to fruition on Thursday, October 4 and it was all that I hoped it would be, using our space as an artistic platform.