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New Madison street named after long-time UW jazz professor

MADISON (WKOW) — A new street on the east side of Madison has a name to honor a world-class musician.

City leaders unveiled Richard Davis Lane at a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Courtesy: UW-Madison

Davis was a jazz professor at UW-Madison for nearly 40 years. He retired in 2016.

Davis also spent decades in New York City, establishing himself as one of the world’s premiere bass players. But his former students say the honor is more about who Davis is than what he has done.

“The reason these people are here today is not because of an impressive legacy or the national endowment for the arts award or the Downbeat Critics Poll Awards, but they’re here because they love Richard and he loves them,” said Wilder Deitz, who studied under Davis.

Richard Davis Lane is an entirely new street, near Clyde Gallagher Avenue and Darbo Drive.

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