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Nate Smith + KINFOLK join Madison Jazz Festival lineup

Nate Smith (Photo by Cory Dewald)

Nate Smith + KINFOLK, one of today’s most influential and popular drummers, will be a featured artist at the upcoming Madison Jazz Festival, part of the annual 10-day celebration of jazz organized by Arts + Literature Laboratory and the Wisconsin Union Theater.

The Madison Jazz Festival (formerly the Isthmus Jazz Festival) will be held June 11-20. It will kick off with Strollin’ Capitol East on Friday, June 11, and include 10 days of jazz concerts, master classes, talks, and more – indoors, outdoors, and virtual. Nate Smith + KINFOLK will perform on Sunday, June 13 at Breese Stevens Field.

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, according to a press release from Arts + Literature Laboratory, and 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.

The opening performance for Nate Smith + KINFOLK, will be Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade. 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.

The Madison Jazz Festival is a city-wide celebration of jazz that will include daily performances and other jazz events in a variety of settings, including both in-person and virtual events. The full schedule will be announced here.