Madison Jazz Festival – June 13

The Madison Jazz Festival proudly presents one of today’s most influential and popular drummers: Nate Smith + KINFOLK, with an opening performance by Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade. This special event is part of an annual 10-day celebration of jazz organized by Arts + Literature Laboratory and the Wisconsin Union Theater.

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For nearly two decades, Nate Smith has been a key piece in reinvigorating the international music scene with his visceral, instinctive, and deep-rooted style of drumming. He holds a diverse and ample résumé — which includes work with esteemed jazz leading lights such as Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, José James, John Patitucci, Ravi Coltrane, and Somi among many others. His 2x GRAMMY-nominated debut album, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere, sees Smith fusing his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, and hip-hop. He’s also ventured into the pop/rock world with recent collaborations with Vulfpeck spinoff band The Fearless FlyersBrittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes) and performances with songwriters Emily King and Van Hunt. His videos have been viewed millions of times and have inspired countless musicians and fans. In September of 2018, he released his first ever solo drumset album Pocket Change 

As a composer and arranger, Mr. Smith received two (2) GRAMMY nominations for his composition “Home Free (for Peter Joe)” for best instrumental composition and best arrangement (instrumental or a cappella). Of the KINFOLK: Postcards From Everywhere project, Mr. Smith says: “It was my goal to start with the simplest of elements, singable melodies with familiar harmonies, and use them to weave stories that felt nostalgic without being overly sentimental. Pieces like ‘Retold’ and ‘Pages’ use familiar, consonant harmonies as a means of evoking the listener to “reach back” for a memory, while ‘Skip Step’ and Spinning Down’ use layers of rhythm to express a feeling of unsettled tension. ‘Disenchantment: The Weight’ uses an ascending/descending chord progression to simulate a deep sigh of resignation, while ‘Home Free (for Peter Joe)’ uses a hymn like melody as a means of evoking feelings of both solemnity and ceremony.

Considered one of the most versatile saxophonists of his generation, bandleader, composer and arranger Greg Ward launched his new group Rogue Parade with the release of the album Stomping Off From Greenwood. A quintet of heavyweight creative Chicago musicians, Rogue Parade features guitarists Matt Gold and Dave Miller, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin Kirchner. Having earned wide acclaim as a sideman with artists like Prefuse 73Lupe FiascoTortoiseWilliam ParkerAndrew D’Angelo, and Mike ReedGreg Ward is now excited to introduce his wide-spanning audience to this new, innovative group.

The Madison Jazz Festival proudly presents one of today’s most influential and popular drummers: Nate Smith + KINFOLK, with an opening performance by Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade. This special event is part of an annual 10-day celebration of jazz organized by Arts + Literature Laboratory and the Wisconsin Union Theater.

For nearly two decades, Nate Smith has been a key piece in reinvigorating the international music scene with his visceral, instinctive, and deep-rooted style of drumming. He holds a diverse and ample résumé — which includes work with esteemed jazz leading lights such as Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, José James, John Patitucci, Ravi Coltrane, and Somi among many others. His 2x GRAMMY-nominated debut album, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere, sees Smith fusing his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, and hip-hop. He’s also ventured into the pop/rock world with recent collaborations with Vulfpeck spinoff band The Fearless FlyersBrittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes) and performances with songwriters Emily King and Van Hunt. His videos have been viewed millions of times and have inspired countless musicians and fans. In September of 2018, he released his first ever solo drumset album Pocket Change 

As a composer and arranger, Mr. Smith received two (2) GRAMMY nominations for his composition “Home Free (for Peter Joe)” for best instrumental composition and best arrangement (instrumental or a cappella). Of the KINFOLK: Postcards From Everywhere project, Mr. Smith says: “It was my goal to start with the simplest of elements, singable melodies with familiar harmonies, and use them to weave stories that felt nostalgic without being overly sentimental. Pieces like ‘Retold’ and ‘Pages’ use familiar, consonant harmonies as a means of evoking the listener to “reach back” for a memory, while ‘Skip Step’ and Spinning Down’ use layers of rhythm to express a feeling of unsettled tension. ‘Disenchantment: The Weight’ uses an ascending/descending chord progression to simulate a deep sigh of resignation, while ‘Home Free (for Peter Joe)’ uses a hymn like melody as a means of evoking feelings of both solemnity and ceremony.

Considered one of the most versatile saxophonists of his generation, bandleader, composer and arranger Greg Ward launched his new group Rogue Parade with the release of the album Stomping Off From Greenwood. A quintet of heavyweight creative Chicago musicians, Rogue Parade features guitarists Matt Gold and Dave Miller, bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin Kirchner. Having earned wide acclaim as a sideman with artists like Prefuse 73Lupe FiascoTortoiseWilliam ParkerAndrew D’Angelo, and Mike ReedGreg Ward is now excited to introduce his wide-spanning audience to this new, innovative group.