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Morton Shlabotnik

On Flying Carpet, the German world music ensemble Quadro Nuevo collaborate with Cairo Steps, a German jazz band, on an album that explores the music of the Middle East. more

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Morton Shlabotnik reviews a pair of books published by Minnesota's Adventure Publications, Tall Ships: History Comes to the Great Lakes and Wisconsin Day Trips by Themes. more

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Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars display command over the basics of rock ’n’ roll on Gulfstream, and offers echoes of New Orleans R&B, Creedence Clearwater Revival swamp boogie and zydeco shuffles. more

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The Great Circus Parade has been a summer event in Milwaukee on and off since the 1960s—the kind of thing that draws fanatics who camp out the night before along the route, lest they lose their f,Books more

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Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France defined Gypsy jazz ages ago, but now an Italian group rises to claim the mantle. The Naples septet operates on the progressive end of jazz-rock with a steady tempo as the platform for improvisatio... more

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The bass is upfront in the mix on Brinks, the debut by Daniel Fortin, and little wonder. He’s considered one of Canada’s best bassists for his side work in pop as well as jazz. For Brinks he focuses on jazz, with studiously developed melodi... more

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For anyone who suspects that contemporary jazz has descended into tiresome virtuosity, the Rotem Sivan Trio offers proof that the old formats can still come alive. A New Dance conjures classic-era jazz guitar music and takes the form in les... more

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Klezmer, Baroque and tango are all at home on the eponymous debut by Big Galut(e). The group is comprised of classically trained musicians intensely absorbed in the Jewish tradition. more

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Israeli-born, British-based Gilad Atzmon has enjoyed a varied career as saxophonist for everyone from Pink Floyd to Ian Dury, Robert Wyatt to Paul McCartney. His main love is jazz. On The Whistle Blower, the eighth album with his band, The ... more

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The members of Chico Trujillo started by playing punk and ska, but like some of their brethren in the U.S. who fooled around with polka for kicks, they turned to the old music of their region as a fun marker of local identity. Reina de Toda... more

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Formed in the San Francisco Bay area, the Grammy-nominated Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet maintains tempi solid enough to fill dance floors at salsa clubs but sufficiently fluid in changes to please jazz fans. Intercambio is their latest ... more

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Drummer-composer is still an unusual hyphenation, but Devin Gray—along with saxophonist-clarinetist Chris Speed, pianist Kris Davis and bassist Chris Tordini—proves the combination can be done well on RelativE ResonancE. more

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Norske Nook Bakery and Restaurant’s owner Jerry Bechard and manager Cindee Borton-Parker share some of their prized recipes in a new cookbook, The Norske Nook Book of Pies and Other Recipes. more

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The Paris-based Ajoyo brings together a gaggle of expatriates from North Africa, West Africa and the Middle East under an Afrobeat groove on their eponymous album. The polyrhythms sweep along the solos in a structure musically flexible enou... more

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Based in France but international in origin, the members of The Afrorockerz represent what Afrobeat has become in the 21st century—their eponymous album is a smooth dance-floor mix comprised of pumping West African guitars, funky rock rhyth... more

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The slightly melancholy, often madcap sound of Balkan brass bands has assumed a more international feel along with a global audience. The U.S.-based Cocek! Brass Band might not sound entirely out of place more

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Simo Lagnawi came to attention busking on London streets. Even in that polyglot capital he must have stood out for his colorful tribal garb and music. The Moroccan Berber expatriate maintains a thrumming, hypnotic groove throughout his late... more

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Seattle will long be remembered as ground zero of grunge, but that’s not the only music the city has nurtured in recent times. The Bad Things are an Americana group with a particular perspective, which includes conjuring ghosts of the city... more

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A feast of beautiful women’s voices is served in the latest release by Moira Smiley & VOCO. With the inspiration of polyphonic chorales such as the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, Smiley began as a Balkan song collector and has only widened her gr... more

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The award-winning pianist Fred Hersch returns with a new album of jazz a la Dave Brubeck. Intricately knotted melodies, angled sideways to the rhythms, are delivered with cool panache throughout Floating. Hersch focuses on his own compositi... more

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Drawn from the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Holiday Cookie Contest, The Great Minnesota Cookie Book gathers well more than 100 recipes, many of them relatively easy to prepare. more

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Ethan Ardelli has drummed on several award-winning jazz albums but steps out into the light as bandleader on The Island of Form. more

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San Francisco’s 15-member Hip Spanic Allstars cut a lively groove or two on its latest album with a ’70s funk sound dressed up in bright Latin colors. more

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Film Clips include Bad Times at the El Royale, Film Girl Film Festival, First Man, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Movie Collectable Show. more

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The graphic novel Tumult is an emotionally intelligent noirish thriller, whose text panels comment ironically on the speech bubbles and the action depicted in the frames. more

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Grammy-nominated saxophonist Miguel Zenón has released an emotionally vibrant album of eight commissioned works that draw on his native Puerto Rico’s folklore. more

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The second release on a North American label by Havana’s Harold Lopez-Nussa shows the talented young pianist to have one foot in jazz and the other in his country’s traditional rhythms. more

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In Real Time is a showcase for the veteran and versatile jazz trumpeter John Bailey as well as that of his side musicians, especially guitarist John Hart. more

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As a water resource manager, dog lover and bird hunter, Ken M. Blomberg has written a book that is partly a guide to where to hunt as well as a reflection on the sport. more

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During the run of the Wisconsin State Fair, the lobby of the Wisconsin Exposition Center will be brightened by 400 artworks made by public, private and homeschooled students from across the Badger State. more

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The Milwaukee institution has done good work educating local residents about the value of our environment as well as conducting hands-on work in area green spaces. more

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On Pardes, guitarist-oud player Amos Hoffman and pianist Noam Lemish perform a lush set of compositions that combine Near Eastern music with jazz, steeped in the particular traditions of Sephardic Jews. more

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Drummer Phil Haynes and his “jazz-grass” band Free Country complete a series of albums that form a tour of American music history with My Favorite Things (1960-1969). more

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Burger Week kicks off with a party on Monday, May 14, at Mulligans Irish Pub & Grill. Restaurants participating in Burger Week will donate $1 to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin for every specialty burger sold during the week. more

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This Canadian ensemble recorded their latest album in the Big Easy and includes covers of Stevie Wonder and Steve Earle amidst the originals. more

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Previews of Avengers: Infinity War and the Italian Film Festival. more

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Chicago jazz singer Erin McDougald has a way with melodies and on her fourth album, Outside the Soiree, she’s backed by a classic nightclub jazz lineup—piano, bass, drums, sax and tinkling vibes. more

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On Mabagwe, (“Remembrance” in Yoruba), Los Rumberos de la Bahia perform a mix of older rumba tunes and originals in the vintage style. more

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From the raucous to the laid-back, here is what you should be doing this St. Patrick's Day. more

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The immensely accomplished Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic backed by a tight ensemble that lies on the hard edge of fusion. more

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