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Wizard of Waukesha

Les Paul was a musical legend whose pioneering work made the sound of rock and roll possible. In honor of his June 9th birthday, Dean Robbins tells us Paul’s story.

Dean Robbins is the editor of Madison’s alternative weekly, Isthmus.

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Watch Wisconsin Life Episode 108

Watch this episode to learn about a collection of people who share their Wisconsin lives, including: UW bee researcher Claudio Gratton, clog dancers Tracy Mullaney and Christi Pfaff , U.S. National Parks Ranger Branda Twaits, costume maker Lois Levanhagen, and international jazz musician Richard Davis.

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Richard Davis

Richard Davis is internationally known as one of the best jazz musicians in the world. What some may not know about Richard is how much of his time he devotes to mentoring up-and-coming artists. Tag along to see how this music legend seeks to inspire Wisconsin youth.

For more on Richard, his students and his peers, check out these web extras:

Hiwot Adilow’s poem, with Richard playing along, shows a student’s capacity to learn and a teacher’s hope for the future.

Following the news that Richard Davis had received the NEA Jazz Master award, his UW performance class drew 3 times the usual numbers.

Born 1930, Chicago, Richard Davis was inspired by Ben Webster’s sax solos in Duke Ellington’s orchestra. 

Taylor Scott (a junior First Wave scholar from Baton Rouge) recites her poem “Freedom” as Richard Davis accompanies her on bass.

Richard Davis introduces a new vocal talent from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s faculty, Jessie Hauck.

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