UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Jazz @ UW-River Falls

The RADD Jazz Series features the UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble, directed by Professor of Music David Milne, as well as national and regional touring jazz artists.  The RADD Jazz Series is dedicated to the memory of John Radd, Professor of Music and Jazz Ensemble Director at UW-River Falls. The RADD Jazz Series is a collaboration between the UWRF Music Department and UWRF Falcon Programs, Office of Student Life.

2015-2016 UWRF JAZZ EVENTS

Centennial Tribute to Billy Strayhorn

Billy Strayhorn

The RADD Jazz Series will honor Billy Strayhorn's contributions to American Music throughout the 2015-2016 year.  Each concert in the 2015-2016 RADD Jazz Series will feature select compositions and arrangements by Billy Strayhorn, including "The Jazz Nutcracker" at the Holiday Swing Dance.  

Laura Caviani

Thursday, November 5, 2015
7:30 PM
RADD Jazz Series Presents
Laura Caviani-David Milne Duo
"Jazz Impressions"

Laura Caviani, piano
David Milne, saxophones and flutes
Featuring works by Laura Caviani, Dave Brubeck, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel, and more!
Abbott Concert Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone 

RADD Jazz Series-November 5 and 7 2015

Saturday, November 7, 2015
7:30 PM
RADD Jazz Series Presents
UWRF Jazz Ensemble, directed by David Milne
Featuring Laura Caviani, piano, composer

Featuring works by Dave Brubeck, Laura Caviani, Dave Grusin, Donny McCaslin, Billy Strayhorn, Fred Sturm, Tower of Power, and more!
Abbott Concert Hall
Admission is free and open to everyone

Swing Dance Poster

Friday, December 11, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM
RADD Jazz Series Presents
The Holiday Swing Dance

The UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. David Milne, performs classic big band and holiday season favorites from the Swing Era for your listening and dancing pleasure.   Featuring selections from "The Jazz Nutcracker" by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, as well as music by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and more!  Free swing dance lessons and refreshments are available.  
University Center, Falcon’s Nest
Swing Dance lessons begin at 7:00 PM
Live music by the UWRF Jazz Ensemble is provided from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM.
Admission is free and open to the public. 

Matt Wilson

Friday, February 19th, 2016
The 2016 UWRF Jazz Festival
Featuring Matt Wilson, drums

1:00 PM UWRF Jazz Ensemble Concert
William Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
Annual UWRF Jazz Festival, featuring concerts, workshops, clinics for regional high school and middle school jazz ensembles.  Collaboration with RADD Jazz Series, providing the UWRF campus and regional community the opportunity to hear exceptionally high-quality American Jazz musicians, including Grammy Award winning musicians Donny McCaslin, Ernie Watts, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, and more!  This year's UWRF Jazz Festival features Grammy nominated drummer and recording artist, Matt Wilson.  Matt Wilson:  www.mattwilsonjazz.com 

Matt Wilson Drummer

Friday, February 19th, 2016
7:30 PM
RADD Jazz Series Presents
The Jazz Club Cabaret
Featuring Matt Wilson, drums

Featuring Matt Wilson, NYC-based drummer and Grammy nominated recording artist, with the UWRF Faculty Jazz Group.  
Refreshments and a cash bar are provided. 
University Center, Falcon’s Nest
Admission is free and open to everyone.
Matt Wilson:  www.mattwilsonjazz.com 

Matt Wilson Promo Shot

Saturday, February 20, 2016
7:30 PM
RADD Jazz Series Presents
Featuring Matt Wilson with the UWRF Jazz Ensemble

Featuring Matt Wilson, NYC-based drummer and Grammy nominated recording artist, performing special compositions and arrangements with the UWRF Jazz Ensemble, directed by David Milne.  
William Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
Admission is free and open to everyone.
Matt Wilson:  www.mattwilsonjazz.com 

Universal Language XII

Saturday, April 23, 2016
7:30 PM
RADD Jazz Series Presents
Universal Language XII"
Featuring Celtic Musician, Laura MacKenzie

The UW-River Falls Jazz Ensemble, directed by David Milne
Featuring "Celtic Music Wizard" Laura MacKenzie, performing on Scottish small pipes, French pipes, Irish flute, whistles, concertina, and voice.  
Now in our 12th year, Universal Language is an annual concert that celebrates the diversity as well as the shared influences of music from throughout the world.  This year's concert will feature the UWRF Jazz Ensemble performing special arrangements of Celtic music for big band, drawing a rich array of influences from Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Cape Breton and beyond!  2016 UL XII will feature works by our guest artist Laura MacKenzie, arranged by David Milne, along with works by John Ahern, John LaBarbera, Bob Curnow, Pat Metheny, Fred Sturm, and more!  
Laura MacKenzie:   www.lauramackenzie.com
William Abbott Concert Hall, Kleinpell Fine Arts Building
Admission is free and open to everyone

Laura MacKenzie

2016 JAZZ FESTIVAL

Participating Schools:
Please complete and return the Jazz Festival Registration

2016 Jazz Festival Registration Form

UWRFJazzFest

 

2015-2016 RADD Jazz Series
Laura Caviani Residency
November 5-7, 2015
Laura Caviani
Jazz Pianist-Composer

Laura Caviani

"The Holiday Swing Dance"
December 6, 2015
Featuring The Jazz Nutcracker
Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington

Billy Strayhorn

2015 UWRF Jazz Festival
The Jazz Club Cabaret
UWRF Jazz Ensemble Concert
February 19-20, 2016
UWRF Jazz Ensemble
Featuring Matt Wilson
NYC-based Grammy Nominated
 Drummer-Recording Artist

Matt Wilson

"Universal Language XII"
Featuring "Celtic Music Wizard"
Laura MacKenzie
April 23, 2016

Laura MacKenzie