Friday night we played at UW Memorial Union Terrace for their “Behind the Beat” jazz series. The Union Terrace is Madison’s most popular summer music venue and this photo captures part of the magic: Lake Mendota is 50 feet or less behind the stage. Not in full view is the covered, recently upgraded stage outfitted with the latest in sound and light technology (and a crew of students eager to help and run the sound). In front of us is a sprawling multi-level patio that can accommodate several thousand people.
When we began at 5pm it was cloudy, a pleasant 68 degrees and people were starting to filter in at the end of their workday. We began with “Autumn Leaves” (it was Sept 23 after all), and proceeded to play a mix of jazz standards and originals. The show went well – we were relaxed and inspired by our surroundings. Two hours later we wrapped it up with Horace Silver’s, “The Jody Grind” to a large and appreciative audience. It was a beautiful night.