Ella Fitzgerald

It’s music, music and more music in Performing Arts Week. Sunset Playhouse pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Tormé, the Marcus Center takes audiences back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, Milwaukee Musaik plays rare nonets and the Milwaukee... Read more

Performing Arts Weekly

Electric guitar-vocal duos aren’t common in jazz anymore, but back in the day, Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald made several albums in that format. To mark the centennial of Fitzgerald’s birth, singer Patrice Williamson and guitarist Jon Wheatl... Read more

Album Reviews

Theguest of honor at a birthday party isn't usually supposed to be the oneproviding the entertainment. But tell that to Kenny Parker. The Milwaukee saxophonist/vocalistwho has shared stages with Little Richard, Bobby McFerrin, Isaac Hayes ando.. Read more

Happening Now



Bix Beiderbecke was a hard-drinking, introspective boy from Davenport, Iowa and he blew his cornet with the sweetest tone this side of the heavenly choir. In return for drinking himself to death at age twenty-eight, we jazz lovers speak of Bix wit.. Read more

Happening Now

Frank Sinatra's voice was among the great instruments of 20th century music. But after his wonderful LPs for Capitol Records in the 1950s, he developed a persona as the biggest cheese of the Rat Pack and continued to reel from the shock of rock.. Read more

I Hate Hollywood

Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) plans to lay off almost 700 employees—including 482 teachers—but is unwilling to support a bill pending in Congress that would provide emergency funds for cash-strapped schools? That appears to be the hard-lin... Read more

Issue of the Week 3 Comments

As Solvent, Zimbabwe’s Jason Amm has been releasing quirky analog synth-pop projects since 1997. Currently a resident of Toronto, Amm is best known for his release on Morr Music and Ghostly International, and is also the co-founder of Read more

Today in Milwaukee

Thestate’s Joint Finance Committee could go a long way toward restoringfairness in Wisconsin by approving Gov. Jim Doyle’s proposed,Expresso Read more

Expresso 3 Comments