Projects

RADD JAZZ SERIES
David Milne, Artistic Director
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls RADD Jazz Series, directed by Professor of Music David Milne, features national and regional touring jazz artists in performance with the UWRF Jazz Ensemble.  The RADD Jazz Series is a collaboration between the UWRF Music Department and UWRF Falcon Programs, Office of Student Life.  The RADD Jazz Series has presented concerts featuring world-class guest artists, including Bob Mintzer, Ernie Watts, Donny McCaslin, Fred Sturm, Endless Field, Mike Stern, Michael Davis, Lars Jansson, Matt Harris, Avishai Cohen, Anthony Braxton, JP Jofre, Geoffrey Keezer Trio, Gonzalo Rubalcala Trio, Sam Newsome, Jovino Santos Neto, Alan Ferber, and Matt Wilson.  RADD Jazz Series concert productions include annual productions of Universal Language, Jazz Festival, Jazz Club Cabaret,Earth Day, and Centennial Jazz Master Tributes.

JAZZ IMPRESSIONS DUO
Laura Caviani, piano, compositions/arrangements
David Milne, saxophones/flutes, compositions/arrangements
“Jazz Impressions” is a special program that explores music by Impressionist composers Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel, Eric Satie and others, performed in a jazz duo setting by Laura Caviani and David Milne.

ONE WORLD CONSORT
David Milne, saxophones, flutes, traditional winds, compositions/arrangements
Mary Louise Knutson, piano
Eric Graham, acoustic/electric bass
Craig Hara, drums/percussion
Laurie Petruconis, violin
Allison Ostrander, violin
Susan Janda, viola
Rebecca Arons, cello
“One World Consort” is a multi-genre, jazz-classical-world music project that presents unique arrangements of indigenous traditional world music from a broad range of world cultures, performed by a “double quartet” consisting of a jazz quartet and a string quartet.  One World Consort has presented an Earth Day Concert annually since 2012, celebrating music from a broad range of diverse traditions and cultures. Recent collaborations have featured concert collaborations with guest artists Endless Field (guitarist Jesse Lewis and bassist Ike Sturm), Argentine bandoneon virtuoso and master of “Tango Nuevo”, J.P. Jofre; Brazilian pianist, composer and recording artist Jovino Santos Neto; “Celtic Music Wizard,” flutist, piper, and singer of traditional Gaelic song, Laura MacKenzie; and master jazz composer and arranger Fred Sturm.

JAZZAX SAXOPHONE QUARTET
David Milne, soprano/alto saxophone
Michael Walk, alto saxophone
Pete Whitman, tenor saxophone
Greg Keel, baritone saxophone
THE JAZZAX SAXOPHONE QUARTET is a creative saxophone quartet dedicated to the exploration and performance of original jazz compositions and improvised music, innovative arrangements of jazz classics, and newly composed works commissioned by JAZZAX.  JAZZAX is based Minneapolis/St. Paul, where it presents concert performances and workshops at jazz clubs, public schools, performing arts institutions, and universities in the region.  JAZZAX specializes in performing music that features improvisation, always creating spontaneous and engaging live performances.

SPECIAL CONCERTS
David Milne has produced special jazz, classical, and multi-genre concerts for a diverse settings of professional concert series, presenters, and venues, including:

  • “The Swinging Nutcracker,” featuring UWRF Jazz Ensemble, in collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Minnesota Dance Theater, performing Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn arrangements of P.I. Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”  
  • “A Lester Young Centennial,” featuring the JAZZAX Saxophone Quartet and the Laura Caviani Trio, performing special arrangements of the music of jazz tenor saxophone legend Lester Young, for the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s “Jazz from J to Z Series.” 
  • “Out to Lunch – Music of Eric Dolphy, Live at the Artists’ Quarter,” with trumpeter Kelly Rossum, Dave Hagedorn, Tom Lewis and Phil Hey, for the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s “Jazz from J to Z Series.”