One local club copes with the pandemic via live streaming

With Café Coda, his locally acclaimed night spot unable to operate because of the state’s safer-at-home order, Madison, Wisc. club owner Hanah Jon Taylor is using the club’s Facebook page to stream live concerts by local improvisers. Taylor, a flutist, tenor and alto saxophonist was gigging in other states and touring with the Sun Ra Arkestra when he recently returned home to discover the restricted business order. The way to continue getting the music to the people, he tells Isthmus’ Michael Muckian, is by presenting these streaming performances. With the club’s page set up to accept GoFundMe and PayPal pledges, any money contributed during the online performance will then be divided equally among the artist, the technical crew and the club. Taylor’s Cool School, his pro bono work teaching young musicians about Jazz through the local school system, will also now take place on the café’s website every Saturday using Zoom technology. Astutely, the reedist plans to continue online performances even after the club reopens to help offset income shortfalls.