Jazz

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Behind the 8 ball: The story of jazz organist Baby Face Willette

Published Dec. 31, 2019

With a name as suited to a Prohibition-era gangster as to a diminutive, sharp-dressed musician with a winning smile, the late jazz organist "Baby Face" Willette feels almost mythical. And the fact that he spent time in Milwaukee, not only pursuing a career, but building a life, albeit briefly, feels a bit like fiction. We try to uncover the facts.

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4 award-nominated must-see acts at the Fresh Coast Jazz Festival

Published Aug. 31, 2019

One day might already be in the books for the brand new Fresh Coast Jazz Festival, but the smooth sounds are by no means ready to start taking their Labor Day vacation. Here are four great acts you shouldn't miss these next two days.

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How to celebrate Mardi Gras in Milwaukee

Published March 4, 2019

In case the weather hasn't tipped you off, we're far away from New Orleans. But even if you can't celebrate in the Big Easy, there are several events going on throughout Brew City to party for Mardi Gras.

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Milwaukee Talks: Jazz singer Jerry Grillo

Published Sept. 10, 2018

Milwaukee jazz singer Jerry Grillo is celebrating 50 years in the entertainment world with a show at The Jazz Estate this week. We talked to him about his long career, which, he reassures, is not over.

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Boney James brings a jolt of jazz to the Big Gig

Published July 5, 2018

While Boney James has visited Milwaukee nearly a once a year, playing sold-out shows at Potawatomi's Northern Lights Theater, it's been quite bit in between Summerfest gigs - until Saturday, when the jazz master will play the Uline Warehouse.

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Hidden gem: Caroline's Jazz Club

Published May 4, 2018

Although jazz is at the heart of this corner club, a visit to Caroline's - located inside an 1880 building - offers more than music.