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Lucas Gillan’s Many Blessings, & Tom Gullion Quartet

November 18, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm


(A Bluestem double feature)

Lucas Gillan Quartet – Freedom and order. Lyricism and abstraction. Sensitivity and raucousness. Lucas Gillan’s Many Blessings, a Chicago-based jazz quartet, finds comfort in the space between these opposites. Gillan, the drummer and bandleader, composes music that hooks listeners with insistent grooves and memorable melodies even while subverting expectations with outré harmonies and freewheeling improvisations.

An Arizona native, Gillan formed Many Blessings after moving to the midwest to pursue music more seriously. The group served as a creative outlet for his ideas about jazz composition and group interplay. Initially inspired by the chordless quartets led by Ornette Coleman and Gerry Mulligan, Many Blessings developed a distinct style over the past decade that draws on a much broader array of musical influences: punk and indie rock from Gillan’s childhood, soul music from his time with national act The Right Now, and avant-garde free jazz from his years on the Chicago jazz scene.


Tom Gullion is a vibrant and innovative jazz saxophonist and flautist, whose adventurous improvisations have earned him a global reputation as a creative jazz musician. His mastery of the saxophone and flute, combined with his passion for experimenting with musical genres and styles, have made him a sought-after performer and collaborator.

Mark Urness is a versatile bassist, composer, and educator. His diverse performance experience encompasses jazz, orchestral, chamber, and solo playing.  He is an associate professor of music at Lawrence University in Appleton.  Jazz performances include those with Bill Carrothers, Danilo Perez, Peter Erskine, and Joe Locke.

Dane Richeson is recognized as one of the most versatile performers in the percussive arts. Throughout the world he has been featured in such diverse roles as solo marimbist, contemporary chamber music percussionist, world percussion specialist and jazz drummer. Performances have been with such diverse artists as Bobby McFerrin, Gordon Stout, Nancy Zeltsman, Gunther Schuller, Geoffrey Keezer, Joe Lovano, NDR Big Band of Germany, Roscoe Mitchell, Medeski-Martin-Woods, Kenny Wheeler, Danilo Perez, and Lyle Mays.

Doug White is an accomplished performer of jazz piano, organ and synthesizer. He composes and arranges and leads bands. He has performed with Brian Lynch, Dave Cooper, and Clyde Stubblefield. Recent recordings: dougwhitejazzpiano.bandcamp.com


November 18, 2023
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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North Street Cabaret
610 N. Street
Madison, WI
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