Chris Madsen Quartet at The Jazz Estate (Chicago)

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 8 PM – 11 PM

Chris Madsen, tenor
Stu Mindeman, piano
Clark Sommers, bass
Dana Hall, drums


Jazz saxophonist Christopher Madsen is one of the most in-demand figures in the Chicago jazz world as a performer, composer, and pedagogue.  He serves as full-time jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, jazz faculty at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL, and was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) from 2008-2014. He is a sought-after jazz clinician, adjudicating at jazz festivals and offering workshops to ensembles of all ages and levels from across the globe. He is a Vandoren Performing Artist, member of the Fulbright Specialist Program roster, Jazz Education Network, the National Educator’s Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Madsen serves on the Education Committee for the Jazz Education Network and has been featured in Jazziz Magazine (2005) and the Jazz Spotlight for artsamerica.org (2012). Madsen has also contributed jazz articles to The Instrumentalist magazine and been interviewed on several radio broadcasts about jazz history and his performing career.

 

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CHRIS THILE & BRAD MEHLDAU at The Wilson Center

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Brad Mehldau – piano
Chris Thile – mandolin/vocals

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“ … whatever feels unlikely about their pairing is eclipsed by what feels perfectly natural. Mr. Thile, the mandolinist and singer with Punch Brothers, is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Capture a moment in an ongoing tour-de-force creative conversation as mandolinist/singer and A Prairie Home Companion host Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau celebrate their recently released, live-in-the-studio double album, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, in a Wilson Center concert event. After performing two sold-out duo concerts at downtown Manhattan’s Bowery Ballroom in 2015, the Nonesuch Records label-mates decamped to Avatar Studios in Hell’s Kitchen, where they spent three creatively charged days recording together, exploring original compositions and an impressively eclectic stack of covers—from Joni Mitchell’s “Marcie” to Elliot Smith’s “Independence Day” to Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” Employing just piano and mandolin, Thile and Mehldau’s complex work translates to “plain-faced beauty: simple, direct and exquisite” (Washington Post).

Friends and Neighbors at The Jazz Estate (Norway)

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Show starts at 9pm
$7 Door Charge

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Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of bands from the Norwegian jazz-scene. The music can be described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter. On their debut album ”No Beat Policy” (2011), Friends & Neighbors created an authentic and acoustic atmosphere that refers back to the political roots of free jazz. Through original and strong compositions, this has resulted in a band sound with strong identity, crystal clear presence and personality. The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Frode Gjerstad trio, Albatrosh and Cortex. Their second release «Hymn for a Hungry Nation» was received with
4 1/2 out of 5 stars in DownBeat Magazine.

“The spirit behind the phrase suits the quintet beautifully, and in terms of both historical stylistic precedent and a certain, strong and palpable ensemble identity…”
“Call it a neo-“New Thing” sensation” (Joseph Woodard/DownBeat Magazine)».

Thomas Johansson – trumpet
André Roligheten – tenor saxophone/clarinets
Oscar Grönberg – piano
Jon Rune Strøm – double bass
Tollef Østvang – drums

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Kevin Eubanks at The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Saturday, August 19 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
19805 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045

For nearly two decades, the world at large knew precisely where to find multi-faceted guitar hero Kevin Eubanks. For five nights a week, Eubanks was cranking up the band and issuing steamy solos as music director on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he played with seemingly every meaningful musician across genres. In spring of 2010, after 18 years on the job, the Philadelphia native opened a new chapter as a recording and touring artist with the release of his first album for the Mack Avenue label, Zen Food, followed by the 2013 release of his second album, The Messenger. In 2015, he teamed up with fellow modern-day jazz prophet Stanley Jordan to record an album of originals and originally drawn covers, the “wholly fanciful, meditative” Duets.

First-place winners in each competition category for the 2017 Wilson Center Guitar Festival will open for Kevin Eubanks on Saturday!

Tickets: $50-$71

The 2017 Wilson Center Guitar Festival is made possible by the support of Festival Sponsors Jackie and Michael Barber, Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, The Les Paul Foundation, Marcus Corporation Foundation, John Shiely, Vince Shiely, and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Alpha Boule; Competition Prize Money Sponsor Mark and Sharon Cameli in memory of John Cameli; and Festival Partners CandyRat Records, Cascio Interstate Music, Discovery World, Girl Guitar Austin, Girls Rock, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

http://www.wilson-center.com/guitar-fest-headliner-concerts-2017

Jazz Visions on the Lake 4

August 6, 2017, 2-6pm
Co-presented by Milwaukee Jazz Vision and Milwaukee World Festival Inc.

Jazz Visions on the Lake is a free, one-day community event that will showcase local jazz musicians at Henry Maier Festival Park. Created in partnership between Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and Milwaukee Jazz Vision, the afternoon event will give music fans the opportunity to kick back, relax and enjoy the sounds of live jazz along the shores of Lake Michigan. Local food trucks will be present as well as bars featuring MillerCoors and Pepsi products.

Lineup and times:

Scott Napoli Quartet / 2:00pm
Dreamland – The Music of Thelonious Monk / 3:15 pm
Kevin Hayden Band / 4:45

Milwaukee Jazz Vision is an organization of business and music industry professionals, musicians, teachers, students and listeners working together with the goal of advancing jazz music in the Greater Metro-Milwaukee area. The event is also supported by Summerfest Foundation, Inc.

https://summerfest.com/off-season-shows/

Matt Ulery’s Loom at The Jazz Estate

Friday, July 14, 2017, 8 PM – 11 PM


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

Matt Ulery Bass and compositions
Geof Bradfield Tenor/bass clarinet
Russ Johnson Trumpet
Rob Clearfield Piano
Jon Deitemyer Drums

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Chicago based bassist/composer and bandleader Matt Ulery has developed an instantly recognizable sound. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures,
expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk—specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles. He performs not only on upright and electric bass, but doubles on tuba.

For a decade, Ulery has been the leader of his own groups, Loom, By a Little Light, and a member, among others, of Eastern Blok, and the Grazyna Auguscik Group. Ulery has produced and released 6 albums of all original music under his name including his three most recent releases of critical acclaim, By a Little Light (2012), Wake an Echo (2013), and In the Ivory (2014), on Greenleaf Music.

Ulery earned a Master of Music degree at Depaul University and Bachelors degree in music composition at The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Phil Markowitz, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker, Zach Brock, and many others.

When not touring parts of the United States and Europe, Matt appears regularly in the Chicago area music venues and has played performed with his groups at prestigious venues such asCarnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago Cultural Center, The Krannert Center, Blues Alley, Jazz Showcase, The Metro and countless other finemusic listening rooms.

Check out Matt’s Tiny Desk Concert:

http://www.npr.org/event/music/237080011/matt-ulerys-loom-tiny-desk-concert

Charles McPherson at The Jazz Estate

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

August 16th, 2017 8pm & 10pm

$20 Advance
$25 Door
Limited Front Row Reserved Tables Available

http://charlesmcpherson.brownpapertickets.com/

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Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Detroit at age nine. After growing up in Detroit, he studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), and George Coleman (tenor sax).

Mr. McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own variety of groups, consisting of quartets, quintets to full orchestras. He was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements with a seven-piece ensemble. He has toured the U.S., Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Barry Harris, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, James Moody, Dizzy Gillespie, and others.

McPherson has recorded as guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed “Manhattan Nocturne.”

McPherson remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. He is at the height of his powers. His playing combines passionate feeling with intricate patterns of improvisation. Throughout his five decades of being an integral performer of the music, Charles has not merely remained true to his Be Bop origins, but has expanded on them. Stanley Crouch says in his New York Times article on Charles, “He is a singular voice who has never sacrificed the fluidity of his melody making, and is held in high esteem by musicians both long seasoned and young.”

Charlie Sepulveda and the Turnaround

Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 PM – 1 AM
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3020992

The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

The Jazz Estate is pleased to welcome, from Puerto Rico, latin jazz legend Charlie Sepulveda and his ensemble The Turnaround.  Two shows: 7:30pm and 10pm.

Tickets, General Admission, $20 Advance, $25 Door.
A very limited number of reserved tables available.

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World-Class Trumpeter, Composer, Bandleader and Educator, Charlie Sepulveda stands as one of the few remaining pivotal figures in Jazz and Latin Jazz music today.   Charlie Sepulveda has traversed the globe many times over the past 30 years as a member of the legendary Tito Puente Golden Men of Latin Jazz, Eddie Palmieri Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra as well has his own ensemble “The Turnaround”.   Sepulveda has been charged with the responsibility and blessing of being a “Keeper of the Flame” in the evolving legacy of Latin Jazz genre.  The flame has been passed to Charlie by legendary stalwarts Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Maestro Ray Santos, Cachete Maldonado, and his cousin Eddie Palmieri, who continues to record and perform today at a youthful 80 years of age.  The responsibility as one of the Keeper’s of the Flame requires constant dedication to the preservation, promotion and dissemination of this most exciting genre of music that comprises over 40,000 years of historical evolution from Africa to the New World.    Charlie has assumed this responsibility with great respect and deference to the Masters who preceded him.

A talented trumpet virtuoso capable of switching between the straight ahead jazz, jazz- latin, ballad, popular and dance idioms, Charlie became internationally known as the lead trumpeter for the Batacumbele and Eddie Palmieri Orchestras after being endorsed by his mentor Juancito Torres.  While still a member of the Palmieri organization,  Sepulveda released two acclaimed recordings on the Antilles New Directions label entitled “The New Arrival” and “Algo Nuestro”.   These recordings have become cult classics and are considered essential listening for anyone learning about Latin Jazz.  Charlie has since gone on to perform with a who’s who of artists including Celia Cruz,  India, Sheila E., Prince, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Tropi Jazz All-Stars, Fania All-Stars, and a myriad of artists around the world.

Residing in Puerto Rico for the past 20 years, Charlie has continued to teach legions of students at the prestigious Puerto Rico Conservatorio de Musica.  He continues to produce and record acclaimed albums under his own name as well as performing and recording in tandem with international superstars.   His most recent release “Mr. EP: Tribute to Eddie Palmieri” (High Note Records) by Charlie Sepulveda and the Turnaround as well as “To Beny More with Love” by Grammy winner Jon Secada & the Charlie Sepulveda Big Band are currently top selling discs on the Billboard, Gavin, and JazzWeek Charts.    In addition to Mr. Sepulveda’s tireless efforts at keeping the music alive in the classroom, concert stage and recording studio, he also takes to the airwaves and hosts his own acclaimed radio program “El Yunque Jazz with Charlie Sepulveda on FM 93 in Fajardo PR” covering the entire eastern half of Puerto Rico and the US Virgen Islands.   Charlie promotes and features the music of many up and coming artists as well as established artists from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and around the world through his radio show.

Charlie Sepulveda is a tireless and indefatigable champion supporter of the music.  In addition, Charlie spends time giving free lessons to underprivileged children in his home town of Luquillo, PR; he has forged successful partnerships with the mayor and political leadership in his municipality to support the arts; he directed a municipal youth band in Luquillo, he’s played in the local church choir; he plays monthly at one of the notable culinary establishments in Luquillo’s Famous Tourist Kiosks.  He has created a Jazz festival known as the Luquillo Beach Latin Jazz Festival to serve as a forum for live music featuring world class, local and student artists while serving as a catalyst for tourism and economic development in the area.   In August 2016 Charlie received another honor: he was asked to be a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People Program-Puerto Rico Chapter, courtesy of his friend and colleague Wynton Marsalis.

In addition to leading his acclaimed sextet “The Turnaround”, Charlie leads  The San Juan Big Band in a weekly Saturday night residency at one of Puerto Rico’s famous El San Juan Hotel, and another residency at the Hotel Convento.  In July 2017, Charlie will bring The Turnaround to the midwest United States to headline the 2017  Chicago Latin Jazz Festival (July 14, 2017) and perform at one of America’s top intimate jazz listening rooms: “The Jazz Estate” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   Touring in support of the new album “Mr EP”,  be prepared to experience the exciting artistry of Charlie Sepulveda and the Turnaround – Michael Reyes, Esq.

Adam Larson Quartet at The Jazz Estate

July 6, 2017 at 9 PM 12 AM


The Jazz Estate
2423 N Murray Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

Rob Clearfield, piano
Clark Sommers, bass
Jon Deitemyer, drums


Twenty seven year-old saxophonist-composer Adam Larson, endorsed artist for P. Mauriat saxophones, D’Addario Woodwinds and Lebayle mouthpieces, began playing saxophone at the age of 11. As a high school student, Larson was a member of virtually every national program dedicated to showcasing excellence in young jazz talent including The Grammy Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead, YoungArts Jazz Fellows, Telluride Student All-Stars, Jazz Band of America and many others. Described by critic Howard Reich of The Chicago-Tribune as “a player for whom the word ‘prodigious’ was coined”, by Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen as “a saxophonist who brings Donny McCaslin and Mark Turner to mind”, and by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “a self-assured young saxophonist”, Larson has garnered numerous awards that distinguish him as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Upon completion of his Bachelors degree at The Manhattan School of Music in May of 2012, Larson was selected as a member of the inaugural Manhattan School of Music Jazz Institute to continue his studies as a Master’s student, where he graduated with honors as the recipient of the William H. Borden Award for Outstanding performance in Jazz, in 2014.  

With four records under his name, Larson’s latest, entitled “Second City”, will be released on the Inner Circle Music Label, in the Fall of 2017. Larson’s 2015 debut for Inner Circle, “Seclective Amnesia” was featured in the New York Times, Downbeat, Saxophone Journal and several other publications in print and online. Larson keeps an active schedule with his groups and as a sideman, having performed at several venues across the U.S. including Birdland, The 55 Bar, The Jazz Gallery, The Blue Note, The Village Vanguard, Smalls, Cornelia St. Café, The Kitano, Dizzy’s Club-Coca Cola, Jazz at The Bistro, The Jazz Showcase, and several others. As a sideman, Adam has performed with numerous groups including Jamie Cullum, Ted Rosenthal, The Ari Hoenig Nonet, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Otis Brown III Band, Michael Rodriguez Quintet and the Helen Sung Quartet. Larson’s sound can be heard on numerous recordings from bandleaders such as Nils Weinhold, Bastian Weinhold, Marcus Lewis, Joo Chan Im, Victor Bastidas, and others. 

Adam has been a part of several tours that have allowed him to see more of the world than he once thought possible. Larson’s quartet was selected as one of ten ensembles to tour on behalf of the U.S. State Department’s “American Music Abroad” program and toured Africa for 35 days in April 2015, visiting The Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Benin and Ghana. Larson has also toured India, Taiwan, Holland, and Germany as well much of the United States. In October of 2017, Larson will travel to Poland to be the a guest artist, performing at the Sopot Jazz Festival.

Beyond maintaining an active touring and recording schedule, Larson continues to be a sought after clinician and master class presenter at several high schools and Universities across the Midwest and beyond. Appearances include Temple University, Yale, Manhattan School of Music, University of North Texas, Elmhurst College, Roosevelt College, University of Illinois, Univesity of Colorado-Greeley, Northern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois Central College and Hutchinson Community College, among many others. Adam maintains an impressive portfolio of commissioned ensemble writing for school jazz ensembles, having written thirty original works to date. Larson is currently a Teaching Artist for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz For Young People, The New York Pops Ed education programs, and has a diverse private lesson studio of Skype students from the U.S. and abroad. Larson has also taught as a substitute at The Manhattan School of Music and New York University. Larson currently resides in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, Tierney and son, Jack. 

Brian Lynch & Greg Tardy at The Jazz Estate

Presented in collaboration with the Jazz Institute of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Friday, June 30 at 8 PM – 11 PM

We are pleased to welcome Grammy Award Winner Brian Lynch and saxophonist Greg Tardy to the Estate Stage. They will be backed up by Milwaukee’s own Mark Davis, Jeff Hamman, and Dave Bayles.

$15 Door Charge

Limited Front Row Reserved Tables: http://lynchtardy.brownpapertickets.com/
Sales start 7/3/17 12pm

Grammy© Award Winning trumpeter Brian Lynch brings to his music an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience. 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 received wide acclaim during his long tenures with Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri and straight ahead master Phil Woods. 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. As a bandleader and recording artist he has released over 20 critically acclaimed CDs featuring his distinctive composing and arranging, and has toured the world at the helm of various ensembles reflecting the wide sweep of his music.

Greg Tardy Tenor saxophonist, who has released albums for the record labels SteepleChase Records, J Curve Records, and Impulse! Records. He has played with Elvin Jones, Avishai Cohen, Aaron Goldberg, Brad Mehldau, and Joshua Redman, among others. Tardy studied classical clarinet as a child, encouraged by his parents, both of whom were opera singers. His mother, Jo Anne Tardy, after singing classical music became a gospel-influenced jazz singer. After switching to tenor saxophone, Tardy played with funk bands in Milwaukee before his brother urged him to listen to jazz, after which he was especially influenced by John Coltrane’s recordings. He studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and at the University of New Orleans, along the way encountering Ellis Marsalis who became tutor and mentor. Resident in New York City from 1992, Tardy became deeply involved in the contemporary jazz and improvised music scenes. Among musicians with whom he has played are Rashied Ali, Omer Avitel, Jonathan Blake, Betty Carter, Steve Coleman, George Colligan, Ravi Coltrane, Sean Conly, Xavier Davis, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Aaron Goldberg, Russell Gunn, Eric Harland, Tom Harrell, Antonio Hart, Andrew Hill, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann, Mulgrew Miller, James Moody, John Patitucci, Nicholas Payton, Chris Potter, Dewy Redman, David Schumacher, Mark Turner and Bobby Watson, the latter being cited as an especially important influence.