with special guest vocalist
Celebrating Nancy Wilson
& Cannonball Adderley
Best Jazz Entertainer -
2019 Chicago Music Awards
"I'd rather listen to [Madsen] than most other players out there right now"
-- Wynton Marsalis
“…she’s off to a remarkable start, a young singer of unusual accomplishment and extraordinary potential.”
-- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Alyssa Allgood - vocals
Chris Madsen - tenor sax
Richard Johnson - piano
Dennis Carroll - bass
Neil Hemphill - drums
Jazz saxophonist Christopher Madsen is one of the most in-demand figures in the Chicago jazz world as a performer, composer, and pedagogue. He serves as full-time jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, jazz faculty at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL, and was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) from 2008-2014.
He is a sought-after jazz clinician, adjudicating at jazz festivals and offering workshops to ensembles of all ages and levels from across the globe. He is a Vandoren Performing Artist, and has also contributed jazz articles to The Instrumentalist magazine and been interviewed on several radio broadcasts about jazz history and his performing career.
As a leader and sideman, Madsen’s discography is extensive. He has released five albums as a leader since 2004 and can be heard as a player and composer on countless additional releases with artists such as Michael Dease, Marquis Hill, and Jeff Hamilton. He has performed at jazz festivals and live music venues domestically as well as in Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica.
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Chicago-based jazz vocalist Alyssa Allgood has been recognized as an artist who “impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics” (DownBeat Magazine). Her voice is “radiant…strong and coolly expressive. She sings with a maturity marked by restraint and nuance” (Neil Tesser, Grammy Award-winning writer and critic).
Alyssa recently won the first Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Voice Competition held in Washington D.C. She was also named a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago, a Top 15 Finalist in the 2016 and 2017 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and second place winner in the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Voice Competition.
Her debut album, “Out of the Blue”, reimagines the classic Blue Note Records era with original arrangements and lyrics. The album received wide critical acclaim and was hailed as a “Best Release of 2016” by eight different publications, including The Huffington Post, All About Jazz and The New York City Jazz Record. Critics consistently praised Alyssa’s instrumental approach and accomplished scat and vocalese singing.