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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.

Woody Herman Jazz Festival featuring Mike Brignola, John Fedchock, Roger Ingram, and Frank Tiberi

Saturday, April 9 at 7:30 PM
Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts
2419 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Join us as we close out our 9th Annual Woody Herman Jazz Festival with electrifying performances from the Youth Jazz Ensemble, UWM Jazz Ensemble, and Woody Herman Jazz Orchestra featuring Woody Herman alumni Mike Brignola, John Fedchock, Roger Ingram, and Frank Tiberi.

Tickets: HERE
General – $20 Seniors,
UWM Faculty and Staff – $15
Students and under 18 – $10
Majors – FREE

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If you are with a band that performs at our workshops on Friday, April 8th, your admission to the concert is also FREE!


After early experience in Chicago with the bands led by Tom Gerun and Harry Sosnik, Woody Herman toured with Gus Arnheim. In 1934, he joined Isham Jones, and when Jones’s group disbanded in 1936 Herman used its leading sidemen as the nucleus for his own orchestra. This band went through a number of changes of personnel, such as the inclusion in 1943 of Chubby Jackson and in 1944 of Neal Hefti, Ralph Burns, Flip Phillips, and Bill Harris (by the mid-1940s, under the name Herman’s Herd, it was internationally famous for the force and originality of its music. Herman reformed the band in 1947, and the distinctive feature of the Second Herd was the group of saxophonists (three tenor and one baritone) who came to be known as the Four Brothers; among the musicians who played in the section were Serge Chaloff, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Gene Ammons.

After the demise of the Second Herd in 1949, Herman continued to lead bands; these were perhaps less creative, but their consistently high level of musicianship assured his continuing reputation. The Anglo-American Herd, which he organized in 1959, was significant in the history of English Jazz; another of the more distinctive later bands, the Swinging Herd, was formed in 1962 and featured such excellent soloists as Bill Chase, Phil Wilson, and Sal Nistico. Herman broadened his scope in the late 1960s, when he took up soprano saxophone and included young jazz-rock players in his groups. He toured widely in the 1970s, and in the early 1980s held a residency in a club in New Orleans. Thereafter he worked principally on the West Coast, before taking up another residency in the St. Regis Hotel, New York, in 1985. He celebrated his 50th anniversary as bandleader with the formation of a new orchestra in 1986.

Although Herman’s instrumental expertise was considerable, his essential importance was as an organizer. His rare ability to assemble and sustain bands notable for the quality of their musicians grew especially clear in the late years of World War II, when his group consisted of brilliant improvisers whose ensemble playing was exuberant and incisive; Igor Stravinsky was so impressed by its sound that in 1945 he composed his Ebony Concerto for the band. The harmonic procedures of bop influenced Herman’s next orchestra even more deeply, confirming his freedom from the contemporary sectarianism in jazz.