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Jazz singer Jerry Grillo has written and recorded a love letter to Milwaukee.

Milwaukee's Grillo croons a love letter to his hometown

Veteran Milwaukee singer Jerry Grillo has built a career on stages across the city. Now, after celebrating 50 years of entertaining, he's crooned a love letter to his adopted hometown.

Last year, we caught up with Grillo, a Minnesota native, to talk about his life and his career in Milwaukee, on the occasion of his landmark anniversary.

"It's time to celebrate the city with a song," Grillo says of his new release, which you can hear here:

"John Dye, the owner of the Jazz Estate, Bryant's and At Random, suggested that I write a song about Milwaukee," says Grillo. "There is such a big buzz about this city at this time, I was totally inspired. This is Milwaukee's time to shine.

"Visit Milwaukee is interested in licensing the song. They like it."

You can buy a download of the Frank Sinatra-inspired song – which is like our own "New York, New York," "L.A. Is My Lady" or "My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)" – at Amazon.

This past holiday season, Grillo also released another new song, called "Where Was Christmas?"

You can also hear him perform it live, tonight at the Jazz Estate at 8 p.m. and Saturday night at The Cheel in Thiensville, at 9 p.m.


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