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Through a unique collaboration with the Mead Witter School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tandem Press is happy to host the Jazz Studies Program for a series of jazz performances each academic year.

*The Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Jazz Series has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Derrick Adams, Party Guest 1 (We Came to Party and Plan Series), 2020

Derrick Adams, Party Guest 1 (We Came to Party and Plan Series), 2020

Virtual Jazz Concert

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6pm CST (7pm EST)

Although we had to cancel the Jazz Series for the 2020-2021 academic year, we collaborated with Johannes Wallman, the Jazz Studies Program Director, and Audio for the Arts, to put together a virtual presentation that will go live this Friday, February 12th at 6pm CST. 

The presentation is a virtual recreation of attending a Tandem Press Jazz Series concert, including jazz performances interspersed with demonstrations and discussions about artwork created at Tandem Press. The video features five compositions written by students and faculty from the Jazz Studies program and showcases the work of Tandem Press artists. In particular, the video celebrates the work of artist Derrick Adams.

Two original student compositions will be debuted during this event – Luke Leavitt’s “Boy on a Swan Float” and Collin Dedrick’s “To Party and Plan” – both of which were inspired by prints created by Derrick Adams at Tandem Press in 2020. Adams is a Tandem Press collaborative artist and a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2019), a Gordon Parks Foundation Fellowship (2018), a Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize (2016), and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2009). His work is included in many permanent public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The video will be released and archived on the UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music’s YouTube Channel as well as the Tandem Press YouTube Channel beginning at 6pm on Friday, February 12, 2021.


About the Friday Jazz Series:
Tandem Press has been hosting the Friday Jazz Series since 2014. The UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music’s jazz ensembles have performed three concerts in Tandem Press’s print viewing area each academic semester. Throughout the event, audience members are also invited to view the current exhibition in the Tandem Press Apex Gallery and stroll through the Paula & David Kraemer Print Studio to see the newest artworks being created at Tandem Press and get a peek at how the printmaking process works. The Tandem Press Curators and Master Printers are available throughout the evening to answer any questions and discuss Tandem Press projects. Since 2018, Audio for the Arts has been live streaming and recording the jazz performances and producing additional video content for our virtual audience.

Click here to watch recordings of past performances in the Friday Jazz Series on the Tandem Press YouTube Channel

About the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music:
Since 1895, UW–Madison’s Mead Witter School of Music has been committed to a rigorous, student-centered musical education. One of the largest departments within the College of Letters & Science, the School of Music offers flexible programs with innovative and global approaches to music study. Public programming, diverse student ensembles, artists in residence, and prestigious faculty ensembles demonstrate how the Mead Witter School of Music embraces “The Wisconsin Idea,” the University’s ethos of sharing what we do with the broadest audience possible. The University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and has been an institutional member of NASM since 1966.

About Dr. Johannes Wallmann:
Dr. Johannes Wallmann, the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies, joined the University of Wisconsin–Madison Mead Witter School of Music as Director of Jazz Studies in the fall of 2012. A veteran of the New York and San Francisco Bay Area jazz scenes, he has performed extensively as a bandleader and as a sideman in local, national, and international venues. He has released five critically acclaimed CDs, including The Johannes Wallmann Quartet (1997), Alphabeticity (2003), Minor Prophets (2007), The Coasts (2010), Johannes Wallmann Quintet: The Town Musicians (2015), Love Wines (2018), and Day and Night (2018).