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The Gadjo Players - The inDIGenous Jazz Concert Series

Madison Music Collective
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The inDIGenous Jazz Series is presented by Madison Music Collective and The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium. The concerts are held on the 3rd floor of Madison's Central Library. Each concert is free, all-ages, and open to the public.

The Gadjos return with new violinist, Rin Q Ribble who has brought a funky new sound to the original line up. The Gadjo Players were originally started by Ben Johnson (bass), Matt Krueger (mandolin & percussion), Nate Hess (mandolin) and Mike Kratochwill (guitar) in 2006. They have been pushing the boundaries of what this unique group of instruments can do since the beginning. Giants Causeway, the feature track on the band’s first album Between Two Waters, embodies the original inspiration that started the band, the genre of dawg music made popular by David Grisman. To date, The Gadjo Players offer 22 original compositions ranging from funky groove, dawg music, jazz, eclectic and just about everything in between. Recording on a second album has begun and is hoped to be released sometime next year.

Ben Johnson - Bass
Nate Hess - Mandolin
Matt Krueger - Drum set
Rin Q Ribble - Violin


The inDIGenous Jazz Concert Series is made possible with the support of The Madison Public Library, The John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, Wisconsin Arts Board, Janus Galleries, and Dane Arts with promotional support from WORT, Isthmus, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

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