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Rick Germanson Trio at The Jazz Estate

Friday, December 23, 2016 8-11PM

Rick Germanson, piano
Peter Dominguez, bass
Pete Zimmer, drums

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211


RICK GERMANSON has been a highly in-demand pianist on the New York City Jazz scene for well over a decade. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rick relocated to New York City in 1998. Rick won the GRAND PRIZE at The American Pianists’ Association Jazz Piano Competition in 1996. He was awarded “Best of New Talent” in 2004 by All About Jazz NYC.

Rick has four recordings out as a leader: The first two are on Fresh Sound New Talent: “HEIGHTS” and “YOU TELL ME”. His recording “OFF THE CUFF” on Owl Studios reached #15 on the Jazz Radio Play Charts. The latest is on SmallsLive “RICK GERMANSON: LIVE AT SMALL’S”. Downbeat and JazzTimes magazines have given Rick’s recordings rave reviews. Rick has also been documented on over forty recordings as a sideman with many of the top musicians in jazz today.

Since 2001 to the present, Rick has been touring and recording with The Cannonball Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. From 2003-2008 Rick also toured with master guitarist Pat Martino. Currently, Rick is also the pianist for guitarist Russell Malone, bassist Kyle Eastwood, trombonist Papo Vazquez’s Mighty Pirates Troubadours among many others.

Rick has performed throughout the world, at the top festivals, concert halls and clubs with the following jazz artists: Elvin Jones’ Jazz Machine; Louis Hayes; Jimmy Cobb; Grady Tate; Pat Martino; Russell Malone; Dr. Eddie Henderson; Tom Harrell; Brian Lynch; Jeremy Pelt; Jim Rotondi; Duane Eubanks; Curtis Fuller; Slide Hampton; Papo Vazquez; Frank Lacy; Steve Davis; Delfeayo Marsalis; Cecil Payne; Charles Davis; Frank Morgan; Charles MacPherson; Donald Harrison; Vincent Herring; Sherman Irby; George Coleman; Javon Jackson; Eric Alexander; Craig Handy; Wayne Escoffrey; Steve Nelson; Marlena Shaw; Kevin Mohagany; Carolyn Leonhart; Regina Carter; Gerald Cannon; Jay Leonhart; Mingus Dynasty; Ray Mantilla and Space Station.

Rick is also an experienced educator, having given clinics and master classes at such institutes as New York University; The Julliard School; Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is currently on faculty at The Jackie McLean Institute at The Hartt School of Music at The University of Hartford.

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Quinsin Nachoff’s “Flux” with David Binney, Matt Mitchell, and Kenny Wollesen

Thursday Nov 17, 10am – 12pm

UW-Parkside
Bedford Hall! FREE!!!!!
https://www.uwp.edu/therita/about.cfm

Flux with Dave Binney, Matt Mitchell, Kenny Wollesen, Quinsin Nachoff

NYC-based Canadian saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff “is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds” (Globe and Mail). Nachoff has been colliding genres since his 2006 debut, Magic Numbers, which melded a jazz trio with a string quartet. He’s since composed music for a variety of ensembles, including the Penderecki String Quartet, the Turning Point Ensemble, and the Cecilia String Quartet, as well as his own Horizons Ensemble, Quiescence Quartet, the Pyramid Project and the FoMo quartet. As a sideman he’s performed and/or recorded with Kenny Werner, Howard Johnson, Tim Hagans, Kenny Wheeler and Don Thompson among others. He has coached at the Banff Centre for the Arts and taught at the University of Toronto and Humber College, as well as serving as artist-in-residence at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, Australia. On his most recent recording Flux, Nachoff explores the elusive terrain between modern jazz and contemporary classical, between the cerebral and the organic. Flux creates a fervently original sound that evokes bold, incisive playing from a singularly innovative quartet. It’s “a pure, bracing through-provoking musicŠ cliché- and convention-free,” says Peter Hum in the Ottawa Citizen of the group’s debut concert. Jazz Magazine in France gave the recording 4-stars, calling Quinsin “a brilliant virtuoso musician.” The music has “an intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery,” notes All About Jazz. “Solid stuff for the adventurous listener, this is moving work that hits the target mightily,” says Midwest Record.

Quinsin Nachoff – saxophone, composition
David Binney – saxophone
Matt Mitchell – piano, keyboards
Kenny Wollesen – drums

Nachoff’s writing is “bold, diverse and filled with compelling counterpoint.” – James Hale, DownBeat

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Alternating Currents Live presents Vent Fort – The Bridge at Woodland Pattern

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 7:00PM
$8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Woodland Pattern Book Center
720 East Locust St
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 263-5001
http://www.woodlandpattern.org/events/?event=253

Khari B. — voice
Magic Malik — flute, voice
Guillaume Orti — saxophones
Jeb Bishop — trombone
Frédéric Bargeon Briet — double bass
Tim Daisy — drums, trombone


Like all the assemblies of musicians put forward by The Transatlantic Bridge, this formation is a story of merging forces, a story born of desire and first encounters. Thus, Frédéric Bargeon-Briet and Guillaume Orti have spent much time together in the Hask collective in the 90s. With Nimbus, Briet’s polyvalent ensemble, the double bass player has made sure to include the saxophonist/flute player Magic Malik (who has also collaborated with Orti). Briet, during a trip to the US in 2012, met Jeb Bishop in Chicago, with whom he later collaborated in the ensemble Bonadventure Pencroff. Khari B., son of the saxophone and clarinet player Mwata Bowden, was recently elected chairman of the AACM. All this makes Briet say: “In this orchestra, the trajectories of each musician are like rays of light converging to the focal point of a magnifying lens. After the first concert at Sons d’hiver, once we have exchanged the first notes, texts, and words, we will have gone through the lens to discover and travel a sublimed dimension different from the one we are familiar with. We will be on both sides of the looking glass, observing and being observed.”

—Alexandre Pierrepont, 2016

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Brian Lynch Quartet at The Jazz Estate

Friday, November 18, 8-11pm
$12 Door Charge with a one drink minimum

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Grammy© Award Winner Brian Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince.

$12 Door Charge with a one drink minimum
Shows start promptly at 8PM

John Raymond and Real Feels at Company Brewing

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Friday, December 2nd, 2016
9pm, $10

Company Brewing
735 E Center St
Milwaukee, WI 53212

John Raymond, trumpet
Gilad Hekselman, guitar
Colin Stranahan, drums

Rooted in both traditional and modern forms, John’s music incorporates jazz, classical, folk and indie-rock influences. Recently selected by Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll for the Trumpet “Rising Star” category, he has performed with musicians such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Ethan Iverson, Dan Tepfer and Gilad Hekselman among others. He has also recorded with Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles, Dove Award-winning producer Darnell Davis, and performed at events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR’s ‘Toast of the Nation.’

John’s album “Foreign Territory,” released in April 2015, received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and others. Of note, his composition “Deeper” was chosen as a winner of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by ASCAP. His latest album “Real Feels” also received glowing reviews from many major publications (including a ★★★★ 1/2 star review from DownBeat Magazine), and was celebrated with a 24-city CD release tour in 2016.

John has also established himself as a sought after educator in New York and beyond. He currently teaches at the United Nations International School in New York, and he is also an active guest clinician & soloist at schools around the world such as the University of North Texas, Oberlin College, the Brubeck Institutue, New Trier High School, and Lawrence University among others.

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Patricia Barber Trio at The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee

Saturday, November 12, 7 PM – 10 PM
Patricia Barber Trio
Saturday, November 12
Doors 7PM / Show 8PM
The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee
“Barber braids wrenching, elemental poetry into a private musical language fashioned from the yearning ache of Bill Evans’ piano, Joni Mitchell’s zigzag introspections, Jobim’s winking mix of high-end philosophy and pastel melody and an occasional explosion of skronk and funk.” — DownBeat
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Option Milwaukee presents Sam Pluta and Peter Evans duo

Sunday, November 6th, 7-9PM

The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Sam Pluta (live electronics) and Peter Evans (trumpets) duo
Back room show – $15
7 pm (doors open at 6:30)

Peter Evans (trumpet) and Sam Pluta (electronics) have been collaborating since 2008 in a wide variety of contexts. Their work together has spanned small Jazz groups, large wind ensembles, through-composed works by themselves and others, and in educational contexts in the fields of improvisation an electro-acoustic music. Their work together has been featured in the Peter Evans Quintet, Rocket Science (with Craig Taborn and Evan Parker), Parker’s USA Electro-Acoustic Septet, the collective band House Special, ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. They have performed at major festivals and venues across Europe, Canada and USA, and have presented their work and ideas at several major colleges and universities.

In the duo format Pluta and Evans use all they have developed from their experience together to forge a new and dynamically interactive music. Since the release of their recording “Sum and Difference” in 2011, they have persistently honed and refined their duo music into a fully formed type of electro-acoustic chamber music. Improvisation and a commitment to the explosive energy of sound itself informs the duo’s approach to real time composition.

Their music bridges Evans’ efforts to explore new sonic worlds for a traditional acoustic instrument with Pluta’s customized and highly flexible software. Their instruments are at some points fused into a unified sonic entity indistinguishable as two voices, while at others engaged in violent counterpoint.

Their latest record, Event Horizon is upcoming on Pluta’s label Carrier Records, released in LP and digital formats.

some links:

https://vimeo.com/114201582

https://vimeo.com/88215213

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Esperanza Spalding presents: Emily’s D+Evolution

Monday, October 24, 2016
Doors 7PM / Show 8PM
Turner Hall Ballroom
1034 N 4th St
Milwaukee, WI

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Seven collaborative and five solo albums into her career at 31, Esperanza Spalding has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre- bending composer, bassist and vocalist. Spalding’s work, grounded in jazz traditions but never bound by them, has won her four Grammy awards and brought her onstage at the Oscars, the Nobel Prize Ceremony, the White House, and with Prince and Herbie Hancock. Not only does she know who she is, we know who she is.

“Emily’s D+Evolution is more than a recording project, it’s an awakening of her inner child. It’s an audio portrait stretching Spalding beyond music and into storytelling through acting, staging, and movement.”—Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Student Tickets just $25!

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Alternating Currents Live presents Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg duo Celestial Weather at Woodland Pattern

Sunday, October 30 at 8 PM – 11 PM

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Woodland Pattern
720 East Locust Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Join us as Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg’s Celestial Weather tour comes to Milwaukee courtesy of Alternating Currents Live and New Music USA. Smith & Lindberg have been performing music together for thirty-eight years, having first worked together as members of Anthony Braxton’s Creative Music Orchestra in 1978.

They started performing as a duet in 1990, and have since given myriad worldwide performances in this context. Their music features original compositions by both artists, as well as co-composed works. The deep knowledge and understanding of each other’s artistic voices, gained from continually working together and developing a deep friendship over decades, has created an environment where their performances together offer an utterly unique musical experience. They share a dedication to creating and utilizing vital structures and systems that are compelling formats for spontaneous development and improvisational journeys.

Additionally, they have been integral parts of one another’s larger ensemble projects over the decades, perhaps most notably documented on such recordings as Lindberg’s The Catbird SingsA Tree Frog Tonality, and The Great Lakes Suites; and the Pulitzer Prize nominated Ten Freedom Summers by Smith.

 In 2015, Smith & Lindberg released Celestial Weather Suite, on TUM Records. This production of their duet music has met with substantial critical acclaim:

“Telepathy is an all too common catch-word for close musical interplay, but seems an entirely justified descriptor in this context.” – Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine

 “Celestial Weather is an open discourse between two musicians who have mastered their respective instruments to the point of literally giving them an emotive voice of their own.” – Karl Ackermann, allaboutjazz

“This is such a perfectly suited twosome, a partnership so attuned and steeped in mutuality that it offers a beautiful window on both of them individually, as well as being something all its own.”

– John Corbett, DownBeat Magazine

 “The trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and the bassist john Lindberg have been associates in the jazz avant-garde for over 35 years … Celestial Weather is a work that underscores the acuity of their rapport.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times

John Lindberg & Wadada Leo Smith: Celestial Weather Midwest Duets was supported by New Music USA, through a generous contribution from Joseph A. and Nancy Meli Walker.

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