Milwaukee Jazz

The group describes itself as three “sonic storytellers" on a “restless search." These storytellers weave a web of enlightenment with melody and rhythm. Harmony is spare, recalling Ornette Coleman’s decree to liberate oneself from the... more

Album Reviews

It’s always nice to hear about a staged reading from a local playwright. When that staged reading happens to be staged by Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, that means a cast of big-name local actors. Such is the case with their staged reading of .. more


Jack Grassel and Jill Jensen discuss their new album and forthcoming concert at the Italian Community Center. more

Off the Cuff

At 4 a.m. on Aug.19, David Hazeltine received a text saying that his friend and mentor Cedar Walton, a giant of jazz piano, had passed away at age 79. Walton’s name doesn't readily elicit a s,Music more

Music Feature

This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's near-weekly crosstalk between station promotions director Ryan Schleicher, A.V. Club Milwaukee editor Matt Wild and I, we welcome guests Kevin Hayden and Neil Davis for a lively debate about the city's jazz scen.. more

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<p> Milwaukee jazz fans compared clarinetist Chuck Hedges to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Perhaps staying in Milwaukee was the reason he wasn't as widely knownalong with being born toward the end of the swing era. But the world's loss was our be.. more

I Hate Hollywood

Live jazz was easier to find in Milwaukee in the 1940s than now—and in easier in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Perhaps some compensation for the dwindling number of jazz venues came from the solidification of jazz education more


Perhaps one of the biggest gauges of renewed interest in the Milwaukee music scene is the sheer number of people writing about it. Just five years ago there were only a handful of publications covering the local scene, and they weren't offering ne.. more

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"A Census Taker once tried to test me..." Hannibal Lecter gave us arguably "…I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." ,The Naked Vine more