Spoken Word Meets Jazz: Rob Dz and the New Breed Quartet

Concert Info (below)

IMW will follow the MMC/MTL “Jazz on a Sunday” Concert December 2, 2012 from 6-7pm

This time in the invite goes out to all spoken word artists as well as musicians who want to interact and better understand the relationship with Spoken Word and Jazz Improvisation. Come out and learn, experiment and enjoy this form of jazz.

Jazz meets hip hop as Madison’s most celebrated spoken word poet, Rob Dz, joins forces with the New Breed Quartet, one of Madison’s top jazz bands.   

 Jamming at The Cardinal and at the Isthmus Jazz Festival have led them to prepare a full-length program for:  “Jazz on a Sunday,” Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Madison’s Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Avenue

Concert 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Improvisational Music Workshop at 6 -7 p.m.

For concert information, including a link to The Brink website for ticket purchases, see:




Madison’s celebrated spoken word poet Rob Dz has been jamming lately with the New Breed, on occasional Tuesday nights at The Cardinal and most recently at the Isthmus Jazz Festival.  Like a jazz artist, Mr. Dz composes spontaneously using words instead of music, and his collaboration with the New Breed for the Music Collective will create original material that draws on contemporary characteristics of each genre while allowing generous space for improvisation.

For a taste of Mr. Dz’ work in this marriage of genres, see the YouTUBE videos of his collaboration with ex-Madisonian Joel Adams’ big band at Chicago’s legendary Green Mill jazz club here (in which Mr. Dz comes in around the 2’40” mark) and here (in which he comes in shortly after the 4-minute mark).



Keyboardist/composer Paul Hastil is active in the Madison area as both a performer and teacher.  He is an annual participant in the Isthmus Jazz Festival, in the “Jazz at Five” series, and has performed throughout the Midwest as a leader and sideman.  In addition to being a member of the New Breed, Paul is the music director for vocalist Gerri DiMaggio.  He has performed with her with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, at the Telluride Jazz Festival, and at the 2008 Montova Music Festival in Montova, Italy.  He also works with other vocalists including Kelly DeHaven, Lynette Margulis, Michelle Duvall and Marilyn Fisher.  He has performed with jazz legends Archie Shepp, Sheila Jordan and Frank Morgan.

Hastil’s stunningly expressive piano style makes him a perfect complementary voice for female singers, which has been his forte for a number of years.” – Kevin Lynch, Wisconsin State Journal



Louka Patenaude has been teaching music (guitar, bass, piano, songwriting, improvisation, jazz theory, and studio production/composition) in Madison since 1998. As a 12 year old Van Halen fan who had thoroughly mastered the art of air guitar in 5 years of jumping around in the basement, he quickly took to practicing his new obsession. While in high school playing rock n’ roll drums influenced by his older brother he studied jazz guitar with guitar master Roger Brotherhood and started playing in local clubs at 16. While at UW Madison Louka joined Richard Davis’ Black Music Ensemble and began earning a reputation as a guitarist in the Madison music scene. Since then he’s played with Ben Sidran (at home and in Europe), Natty Nation (regionally and Japan/Guam/Marshal islands), Blake Thomas and Josh Harty, Tony Castaneda’s Latin Jazz Band and most jazz musicians in Madison (was a founding member of the New Breed Quintet whose Jam Session has been a mainstay for budding musicians since 2000) as well as the center of his original groups, The Optimistic, and The Fingers (in which he is also producer and engineer). Educated at the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a B.S. in Anthropology he has a wide understanding of the fundamental functions of music in society. In 2009 he won the Madison Area Music Award for Best Guitarist. These days Louka is building a little fleet to explore the geography better. Currently he is promoting a country record, The Very Best of the Fingers which is due early 2012, and recording new songs for their sophomore effort “Second to Last”.



Nick Moran debuted in the Madison, WI music scene in 1993 while in the 10th grade, and has continued to make music professionally ever since. Moran studied double bass under Dr. James Klute of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra at UW-Eau Claire. He also studied the tumbao with Orlando ‘Chachaito’ Lopez of the Buena Vista Social Club. Nick completed his studies at UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Arts in 2004.  Nick Moran has performed and recorded with a diverse collection of national and international acts, including Roberto Vizcaino Guillot (2001 Grammy winner), Ben Sidran, Clyde Stubbelfield, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Hip Hop legend DJ Kool Herc. Currently he lives in Madison, WI and performs regularly with El Clan Destino, dumate, Phat Phunktion, and Madisalsa.



It’s all about being creative with like-minded individuals, taking chances and pushing boundaries, says Michael Brenneis, an in demand drummer on the Madison scene. In addition to working with an eclectic spectrum of bands and artists, Michael leads his own groups Tomato Box, The Ten Sleeps Trio and Post Consumer Gnarl, for which he is also principal composer. Michael spent his formative time at the Berklee College of Music and studying privately with the late Alan Dawson. Michael is currently finishing an EP of political songs with the collective songwriting rock band Centime, entitled Occupied, and due for release in early 2012. You can check in with him at www.rattletickbuzz.com.



Madison Music Collective’s 2012 Fall Series is made possible by grants from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (with additional funds from the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation), the Madison Arts Commission (with additional funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board), the Mary Lou Williams Centennial Committee, the Arts Midwest Touring Fund (with support from the National Endowment for the Arts), The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the MGE Foundation, and the Madison Jazz Society, with additional support from the Wisconsin Union Theater Endowment Fund, Presenting Sponsors Ward-Brodt Music and Liliana’s Restaurant, Tri-Unity Wellife, Janus Galleries, the Cardinal Bar, the Sheraton Madison Hotel, Drums ‘n’ Moore, Heid Music, the UPS Store-Fitchburg, and promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-89.9 FM, UMOJA magazine, and the Capital City Hues.

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