Inaugural Coda Fest emerges as coming together out of COVID celebration

Coda Fest is coming to Willy St. Nov. 16-20
Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 5:15 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -One Madison music staple is bringing jazz music to Willy Street this November in a big way. Café Coda will host its inaugural Coda Fest, a festival that consists of five days and nights brimming with talent from jazz artists who have performed around the world.

The café was quick to pivot online amid the pandemic as a way to keep jazz music flowing for many. This celebration is a product of years spent apart, culminating in a festival that can once again celebrate music in its raw form; in-person.

“We’ll all agree this is a very tenuous time in the world and so whenever and wherever we can manifest a positive inspiration for life and the continuance of brotherhood in the world we should do that,” said Hanah Jon Taylor, acclaimed artist and Café Coda owner. “And I cant think of any other art form that brings more people together in a more genuine way than this music.”

Taylor says the venue will be the center of the jazz world during Coda Fest running Nov. 16 through Nov. 20.

“I think this community will be delighted to experience music that is not necessarily commercial but inspirational and vital as a contemporary art form,” said Taylor. “Unfortunately, we don’t have too many venues to present that so we are just hoping that everyone will come out and be part of this wonderful experience.”

Evening sets are packaged as a group of shows for one ticket price, and there is also an option for a full-fest ticket.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go towards funding the cafe’s youth program Cool School.

“I would just like to thank the community for helping us to continue to survive during this pandemic period,” said Taylor. “We hope that we can live up to your confidence and expectations as this as being the coolest place in the world at any given time.”

Early afternoon shows are free. Find the full line-up schedule, and tickets at

Coda Fest is coming to Willy St. Nov. 16-20

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