Events

Ben Paterson Trio at The Jazz Estate

Thursday, January 25 at 9 PM – 12 AM

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

Please join us as we welcome, from New York City, pianist Ben Paterson.
Pianist and vocalist Ben Paterson continues the tradition of bouncy, infectious swing established by the trios of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson, drawing upon his musical experiences in both Chicago and New York to deliver soulful and engaging performances. Joined by Milwaukee guitar heavyweight Paul Silbergleit and Chicago bassist John Sims, Ben’s trio mixes sophisticated improvisation with heavy doses of the blues, ranging from well known Jazz standards to more recent popular songs.

‘As soulful a pianist and organist as exists anywhere.’ – Downbeat Magazine
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Charlie Hunter with Silvana Estrada

Charlie Hunter with Silvana Estrada
Thursday, March 22
The Back Room @ Colectivo
7pm Doors // 8pm Show

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An amazing BACK ROOM show!!!
Charlie Hunter is legendary and widely considered the authority on the seven and eight string guitar and his fans marvel at his technique and savor the sweet sounds of his music. Charlie met Silvana Estrada in Mexico City while delivering a Master Class at the University. He was so impressed that he ended up staying in Mexico and recording her album! See and hear this fresh world, jazz, funk inspired thing (Charlie H and Silvana) live at the intimate Back Room at Colectivo in Milwaukee.

Donny McCaslin at The Back Room

Thursday, March 1, 2018
The Back Room @ Colectivo
7pm Doors // 8pm Show

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This is Jazz, but’s it’s not the jazz you remember seeing in black and white. It’s the jazz that inspired David Bowie to make Blackstar. Donny and his band WERE the band on David Bowie’s final album. See and experience Donny McCaslin and his band for just $20 at The BackRoom.

Benny Benack III Quartet at The Jazz Estate

Saturday, Nov 18th, 8pm

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

Benny Bennack: trumpet/vocals
Keelan Dimick: Piano
Alex Claffy: bass
George Heid III: Drums
$13 Door Charge
Includes admission to our Late Night Session featuring Lockjaw.

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www.bennybenackjazz.com

Benny Benack III, a young and multi-talented Pittsburgh native and denizen of the New York jazz scene since 2009, is never one to limit himself. He is both a formidable, modern-minded trumpeter and an affable and expressive jazz singer, and these elements of his musical self are deeply and effortlessly intertwined. On One of a Kind, his debut release, Benack also reveals himself to be a wry and expressive songwriter and lyricist, bringing his boundless musical gifts together in a program that’s steeped in tradition but every bit as restlessly individual as his album title suggests.

Kamasi Washington at Turner Hall

Tuesday, November 7
6:30pm Doors / 8pm Show

When Kamasi Washington released his tour de force LP, The Epic, in 2015, it instantly set him on a path as our generation’s torchbearer for progressive, improvisational music that would open the door for young audiences to experience music unlike anything they had heard before. The 172-minute odyssey featuring his 10-piece band, The Next Step, was littered with elements of hip-hop, classical and R&B music, all major influences on the young saxophonist and bandleader, who exceeds any notions of what “jazz” music is.

Released to critical acclaim, The Epic won numerous “best of” awards, including the inaugural American Music Prize and the Gilles Peterson Worldwide album of the year. Washington followed that work with collaborations with other influential artists such as Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Run the Jewels, Ibeyi and the creation of “Harmony of Difference,” a standalone multimedia installation during the prestigious 2017 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

His mass appeal continues to grow drawing vibrant, multi-ethnic and multi-generational crowds with tour stops at the world’s most prominent festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Bonnaroo and Primavera.  A prominent journalist recently summed it up best when he wrote “in a millennium largely absent of anything new or captivating in the jazz idiom, Washington has just unleashed a musical hydra grounded in respect and intimate knowledge of the past and striking far out into a hopeful future.”  Next up for Washington is the highly anticipated Harmony of Difference EP, due for release this Fall and his sophomore album slated for 2018.

Tom Harrell live at The Estate

We are excited to welcome legendary trumpet player Tom Harrell to the Estate! Tom Harrell will be backed up by Mark Davis (piano), Jeff Hamann (bass), and George Fludas (drums).

Monday October 30, 2017
Two shows: 7pm and 9pm.

$25 Advance
$30 Door

Special Limited Reserved Seating Available, $35/person (SOLD OUT)

Tickets available at: http://tomharrell.brownpapertickets.com/
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Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. While Harrell is a master of the jazz idiom, he constantly seeks new challenges and influences. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world. He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines’ Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee.

His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike. His music is at once intelligent, soulful, fresh and accessible. No matter the size of the group he works with, the trumpeter-composer deftly weaves complex harmonies together with daring rhythmic concepts and unforgettable melodies while utilizing the available colors to full effect.

After a string of albums with a quintet he has kept together for almost ten years with Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, Danny Grissett on piano and Fender Rhodes, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums, Harrell has begun to develop new projects, often involving some or all of the quintet members.

His forthcoming album, FIRST IMPRESSIONS (September 18, 2015 release), is a chamber ensemble recording of Harrell’s own arrangements of (mostly) chansons by Debussy and Ravel. The ensemble was featured on PBS Soundtracks and toured in the US and Poland. Harrell will reprise the group for a week at the Village Vanguard starting October 6.

TRIP is a piano-less quartet that was formed after Harrell was commissioned to write new music by Dave Douglas for the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Harrell describes the quartet as a chamber group, where each instrument plays an equally important role. TRIP features tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, Harrells long-time bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz. A 2014 album release was followed by tours in 2015.

With COLORS OF A DREAM, Harrell took the piano-less concept one step further, using two acoustic basses in a sextet with three horns (Jaleel Shaw on alto sax, Wayne Escoffery on tenor, and himself on trumpet and flugelhorn) and drums (Johnathan Blake). Esperanza Spalding, doubling on vocals, played acoustic bass together with Ugonna Okegwo, anchoring infectious grooves of the music Harrell wrote specifically for the group. A successful album was released in 2013 and Harrell took the group on the road in the summer of 2014.

A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in music composition, Harrell is a prolific composer and arranger. Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra and Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra are among the many who have recorded or performed his work. Harrell’s composition and arrangement, “Humility,” was recorded for the latter’s 2008 release, which just won a Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Album.

Some of Harrell’s notable RCA/BMG recordings include WISE CHILDREN, a project in which he combines woodwinds, brass, horns, strings, guitars, percussion and the vocals of Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit and Claudia Acuna; PARADISE and THE ART OF RHYTHM, both of which feature chamber groups with strings; and his Grammy-nominated big band album, TIME’S MIRROR.

In addition to the 27 albums and thousands of concerts worldwide as a leader, Harrell has worked with important figures in jazz history including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones (with whom he co-led a big band in the 70s), Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano. Harrell also recorded on Grammy-winning albums by Gerry Mulligan and Bill Evans.

Herbie Hancock at the Pabst Theater

Herbie Hancock
Friday, October 20
Doors 7PM / Show 8PM
The Pabst Theater

Herbie Hancock – piano, keyboards
Vinnie Colaiuta – drums
James Genus – bass
Terrace Martin – sax, keyboards

http://pabsttheater.org/event/herbiehancock2017/

Now in the sixth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: at the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s. As a member of the Miles Davis Quintet that pioneered a groundbreaking sound in jazz, he also developed new approaches on his own recordings, followed by his work in the 70s – with record-breaking albums such as “Headhunters” – that combined electric jazz with funk and rock in an innovative style that continues to influence contemporary music. “Rockit” and “Future Shock” marked Hancock’s foray into electronic dance sounds; during the same period he also continued to work in an acoustic setting with V.S.O.P., which included ex-Miles Davis bandmates Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams.

In honor of his work, Hancock was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2016. Hancock is currently in the studio at work on a new album.

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Marcus Center

Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30 PM

Marcus Center For The Performing Arts
929 N Water St
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

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The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. Led by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. The JLCO has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988, performing and leading educational events in New York, across the United States, and around the globe. Alongside symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students, and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists, the JLCO has toured over 300 cities across six continents. Guest conductors have included Benny Carter, John Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Chico O’Farrill, Ray Santos, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Robert Sadin, David Berger, Gerald Wilson, and Loren Schoenberg. The JLCO has been voted best Big Band in the annual DownBeat Readers’ Poll for the past four years (2013–2016).

Joey Alexander at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center

Saturday, October 21 at 8 PM – 10 PM

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W Capitol Dr
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

Ticket Information
http://www.wilson-center.com

“I love everything about his playing—his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.” – Wynton Marsalis

After first encountering the piano at the age of six, Joey Alexander was quickly playing jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Born on the island of Bali, this 13-year-old phenomenon is now wowing audiences all over the world, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo, and the 2016 Grammy Awards, where he received two nominations—one for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the track “Giant Steps” from his debut album My Favorite Things, and the second for Best Jazz Instrumental Album. His second studio album, Countdown, was released in 2016 and features three original compositions, and he received a nomination at the 2017 Grammy Awards for Best Improvised Jazz Solo for the title track. Achieving a level of critical acclaim entirely unheard of for a jazz artist of his age, media appearances and interviews have included The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, and People Magazine.

Tickets: $49-$71
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Please call 262-781-9520 for more information. Prices may rise based on demand.

Joey Alexander is presented as part of the Wilson Center’s 2017/2018 Performing Arts Series, which is made possible by our Series Sponsors Enterforce, Inc, Godfrey & Kahn SC, and Krause Funeral Homes and Cremation Service.

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet in The Back Room at Colectivo

Mark Guiliana
Jazz Quartet
Saturday, October 14
Doors 7PM / Show 8PM
The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee

Colectivo Coffee
2211 N. Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

“A drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed.”—NYTimes
His playing on David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’, showed his prowess, conceptual approach and unmistakable sound.

What happens when you add hard bop drum masters Elvin Jones and Art Blakey to a 1980s Roland 808 drum machine, divide the result by J Dilla and then multiply to the power of Squarepusher? Answer: Mark Guiliana

Mark Guiliana has become recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers, admired and in demand across the spectrum from jazz to rock to electronic music for his rhythmic sophistication, creative impulse and individual sound. He has been in the vanguard of drummers creating a new vernacular on the instrument, blending virtuosity on acoustic drums with artfully deployed electronic beats and processing. Guiliana was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, while DownBeat dubbed him a Rising Star in its Critics Poll. JazzTimes aptly proclaimed: “Guiliana, a technical master with a rare sense of musicality, has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.” Along with leading his own groups – the acoustic Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet and electronica-minded Beat Music – the drummer has appeared on a string of acclaimed recordings with others. The verve and precision of Guiliana’s drumming was a primer mover of Blackstar, David Bowie’s multiple Grammy Award-winning final album. Guiliana teamed with keyboardist Brad Mehldau as the duo Mehliana for the Nonesuch release Taming the Dragon, and he has also collaborated with such artists as saxophonist Donny McCaslin, guitar hero John Scofield, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer-songwriter Matt Cameron, neo-soul singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello, guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, jazz bassist Avishai Cohen, reggae/hip-hop artist Matisyahu and jazz singer Gretchen Parlato.