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Russ Johnson New Quartet with Aruàn Ortiz, Michael Formanek, Gerald Cleaver

Russ Johnson New Quartet
Saturday, February 18 at 8 PM

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, WI
 
Aruán Ortiz – Piano “An avatar of creative and progressive improvisation,” Cuban-born, Brooklyn-based pianist, violist, and composer Aruán Ortiz has written music for jazz ensembles, orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups, and feature films. His work incorporates influences from contemporary classical music, Cuban-Haitian rhythms, and avant-garde improvisation; and consistently strives to break stylistic musical boundaries. He has been called “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” by BET Jazz. Although Aruán tours predominantly with his own trio, he has also played, toured, or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wadada Leo Smith, Don Byron, Greg Osby, Wallace Roney, Nicole Mitchell, Steve Turre, Cameron Brown,and Nasheet Waits, to name a few.

Michael Formanek – Bass One marker of bassist Michael Formanek’s creativity and versatility is the range of distinguished musicians of several generations he’s worked with. While still a teenager in the 1970s he toured with drummer Tony Williams and saxophonist Joe Henderson; starting in the ’80s he played long stints with Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Fred Hersch and Freddie Hubbard. (As a callback to those days, Formanek recorded with hardbop pianist Freddie Redd in 2013). The bassist has played a pivotal role on New York’s creative jazz scene going back to the ’90s when he notably led his own quintet and played in Tim Berne’s barnstorming quartet Bloodcount. Nowadays Formanek’s in the co-op Thumbscrew with Brooklyn guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Formanek is also a composer and leader of various bands. His principal recording and international touring vehicle is his acclaimed quartet with Tim Berne on alto saxophone, Craig Taborn on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums, which records for ECM; 2010’s The Rub and Spare Change and 2012’s Small Places both earned coveted five-star raves in Down Beat.

Gerald Cleaver- Drummer Gerald Cleaver, born May 4, 1963 and raised in Detroit, is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. Inspired by his father, drummer John Cleaver, he began playing the drums at an early age. He also played violin in elementary school and trumpet in junior high school and high school. He gained early invaluable experience with Detroit jazz masters Ali Muhammad Jackson, Lamont Hamilton, Earl Van Riper, and Pancho Hagood. While attending the University of Michigan as a music education major, he was awarded a Jazz Study Grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts, to study with drummer Victor Lewis. He graduated in 1992 and began teaching in Detroit where he worked with Rodney Whitaker, A. Spencer Barefield, Marcus Belgrave, Donald Walden, Wendell Harrison, and with visiting musicians Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Kenny Burrell, Frank Foster, Cecil Bridgewater, Ray Bryant, Eddie Harris, Dennis Rowland, Howard Johnson, Diana Krall, and Don Byron. In 1995 he accepted an appointment as assistant professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan, and in 1998 also joined the jazz faculty at Michigan State University. He moved to New York in 2002.
He has toured and/or recorded with Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Lotte Anker, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Craig Taborn, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Mario Pavone, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, Ellery Eskelin, David Torn, Miroslav Vitous, Terje Rypdal, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Stanko, Charles Lloyd, and Bill Frisell, among others.

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Peter Bernstein Quartet and Trio

BLU
424 E Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI

Friday & Saturday Feb 17 & 18, from 8-12 with
Mark Davis piano, Jeff Hamann bass, and David Bayles drums

Gibraltar
538 W National Ave
Milwaukee, WI

Sunday Feb 19th Peter will be performing from 8-12 with
Dan Trudell on Hammond B-3 & Organ and David Bayles on drums.


Jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein (b. 1967, New York City) has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. During that time he has participated in over 80 recordings and numerous festival, concert and club performances with musicians from all generations. As a leader, Peter has released nine albums and a DVD, Live at Smoke. He got his first break while attending the New School when he met the legendary guitarist Jim Hall. Hall asked Peter to participate in his Invitational Concert as part of the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival. The event featured such guitarists as John Scofield and Pat Metheny and was release as Live at Town Hall Vol. 2. by Music Masters. Hall noted that Peter “…has paid attention to the past as well as the future. He is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard. He plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste.”

Also in 1990, Peter Bernstein was discovered by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and took part in the first of four recordings with him. He was a regular member of his group throughout the 1990s. “Some people just have it.” Donaldson said. “…most of the time you have to teach someone what to do, but Peter knows it all.” Peter has also enjoyed long musical associations with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb (Cobb’s Mob), as well as organist Larry Goldings and drummer Bill Stewart as a member of their highly acclaimed trio. The New York Times called them “the best organ trio of the last decade”. Together they recorded a dozen of records, all of which display their distinctive sound, whether exploring the depths of jazz standards or playing their original compositions.

From 1995 through 1997, Peter was a member of Joshua Redman’s band and played on Redman’s Freedom in the Groove CD. He played with Diana Krall’s quartet from 1999 through 2001 and with Dr. Lonnie Smith, the legendary organist who made his debut on the George Benson Cookbook albums. He has also recorded five CDs with organist Melvin Rhyne, known for his association with Wes Montgomery. In addition, Peter has appeared in groups led by Nicholas Payton, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and Eric Alexander. Current projects include his recent album, Monk, recorded for the newly reactivated Xanadu label. Together with Doug Weiss and Bill Stewart, he put their own spin on the rich legacy of Thelonious Monk. In September, Bernstein released a solo guitar record, Solo Guitar – Live at Smalls (Smalls Live), an intimate recording that makes you feel like you’re sitting in the front row at Small’s jazz club in New York City.

Peter’s an extremely elegant musician with a gorgeous tone that seems to relax you when you hear it. – The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles

The jazz guitarist, among the most sought after in the New York area, has a feather-light touch, an encyclopedic knowledge of chords and the ability to play standards like he’s inventing them on the spot. – The Los Angeles Daily News

Mr. Bernstein is a fluidly improvising guitarist in the post-bop tradition, with control over harmony and a beautiful sound. – The New York Times

Peter Bernstein produces a warm, ringing, muscular tone which echoes that of such giants as Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Kenny Burrell. – Jazziz

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MJO featuring Roger Ingram and Warren Hanrahan at the Woody Herman Jazz Festival

10th annual Woody Herman Jazz Educational Workshop and Concert

Saturday March 11, 2017 – 7:30pm

Bader Auditorium at UW-Milwaukee
Featuring The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra
with Roger Ingram trumpet, Warren Hanrahan on drums, Tim Hanrahan on bass

Original compositions and arrangements by Curt Hanrahan, Steve Lewandowski, Jack Cortner, Tony Klatka and more…

Tickets are available through the UWM box office psoacal.uwm.edu

Also a CD release event for the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra’s new Blujazz release “Welcome To Swingsville” About the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra: The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, led by Curt Hanrahan, Director of Jazz Studies at the Univ of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, is an A-list roster of Milwaukee musicians. A superb program of three original compositions, an Ellington/Tizol classic, a standard arranged by Don Schamber, tune from the Woody Herman book and a rare Charlie Parker/Gil Evans collaboration.

The recording is a perfect balance of classic and contemporary, standard and original, swinging and soulful, traditional and cutting-edge.

Curt Hanrahan is the head of jazz studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He co-founded the Lakeshore Conservatory of Music in Racine Wisconsin, performs with the Milwaukee Symphony. He has worked with artists Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Arturo Sandoval Big Band, Manhattan Transfer, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Ray Charles.

Warren Hanrahan graduated from legendary North Texas State Univ. and performed with the renowned 1 O’clock Lab Band under Neil Slater. He then moved on to tenures with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the S.S Norway Big Band. He has performed with Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Billy Joel, Clark Terry, Keely Smith, John Davidson, Vanessa Williams: and in the Broadway shows Chicago, Godspell, West Side Story and Ain’t Misbehavin’: R&B legends: The Drifters, The Duprees, The Shirelles, and TV legends: Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar, and Skitch Henderson.

Special Guest for the Woody Herman Fest Concert: Roger Ingram is one of the most prolific lead trumpet players and session musicians of our time. Roger has toured with and/or recorded with, the Louie Bellson Big Band, the Quincy Jones Big Band, pop star Tom Jones, the Woody Herman Orchestra on lead trumpet,, the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Harry Connick, Jr., recording 19 albums, Frank Sinatra Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and with Ray Charles.

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Carl Allen Masterclass

Wednesday, January 18 2017, 7:00pm

The free masterclass is open to the public and will be held in the Helen Bader Recital Hall at the McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion, 1584 N. Prospect Avenue, Milwaukee. For more information about the Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Masterclass Series or WCM, please call 414-276-5760 or visit wcmusic.org.

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music is proud to present the Thomas A. Laskin Memorial Masterclass Series, featuring national and local jazz professionals. The first masterclass of the series will be given by Milwaukee native, Carl Allen.

With over 200 recordings to his credit, the gifted New York-based drummer and educator, Carl Allen’s profound percolations provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades. Allen’s multifaceted career is the perfect template for what a modern musician should be. As Sid Gribetz of Jazz Times wrote, “more than just another fine drummer, Carl Allen has it all together as a bandleader, businessman, and producer, becoming a force in today’s jazz world.”

After graduating from William Patterson College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance, Allen went on to play with Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Lena Horne, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, and many others. Allen remains active as a sideman for Christian McBride and Inside Straight, as well as Benny Golson, and maintains an exhaustive schedule of recording, touring, and teaching. Education has always been part of Allen’s mission — “Every generation needs someone to help them get to the next level and this what I am hoping to do.”

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Paal Nilssen-Love & Ken Vandermark duo at The Sugar Maple

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 8 PM – 11 PM

The Sugar Maple
441 E Lincoln Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207

Paal Nilssen-Love – percussion
Ken Vandermark – reeds

The high impact duo of Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ken Vandermark (reeds) has been working together at an accelerated rate since 2002, and they have put out seven eight of exceptional and wide ranging improvised music since then. Though they have both worked in many critically acclaimed groups- from the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Lean Left (with Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor of The Ex) to Double Tandem (with Dutch saxophonist, Ab Baars)- they have continued to return to their duo for more than a dozen years because it remains crucial to their creative output. Their concert at the Sugar Maple on January 25th will follow three days of recording at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

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The Bad Plus at The Back Room at Colectivo

Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 PM
211 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

The Bad Plus
2 Shows! Thursday, December 15
Live From The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee

Shows 7:30PM & 9:30PM
Doors open 1 hour prior to performances

Tickets now available » http://pabsttheater.org/show/thebadplus2016

The Bad Plus have cemented their place as an original music ensemble. It’s Hard will mark The Bad Plus’ return to an aspect of their roots, the very thing that first made The Bad Plus famous: the deconstruction of songs from the Pop/Rock and R&B worlds.

Among the tightest, hardest-working bands in the world — and there has not been a line-up change or substitution in 17 years — this is a band in their prime, returning to early form, which is an event not to be missed!

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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