Jeremy Cunningham is a drummer, composer, and improviser. Originally from Cincinnati, he moved to Chicago in 2009, where he currently performs and composes as an integral part of the city’s vibrant music scene. He holds a Bachelors of Music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he studied with professor John Von Ohlen, whose zen, loose approach toward drumming continues to inform Cunningham’s technique today. Coltrane (and, by extension, Elvin Jones) is another huge influence; Cunningham cites an early introduction to “Live at Birdland” as a formative musical experience.
Since moving to Chicago, Cunningham has performed with an impressive roster of luminaries such as Von Freeman, Chris Foreman, Jeff Parker, Mike Allemana, Marquis Hill, Caroline Davis, Nick Mazzarella, and Dave Miller. He can be heard on Marquis Hill's albums "New Gospel" and "Sounds of the City," as well as Caroline Davis's "Live, Work, Play." In addition to performing in clubs and festivals throughout Chicago, Cunningham also appears throughout the United States with various projects. He’s has toured internationally with IsWhat?!, the Moshier/Lebrun Collective, and Paul Giallorenzo's GitGo.
Most recently, Cunningham completed a Masters in Music from DePaul University, under the mentorship of Dana Hall, and has been working on Meridian Trio, a collaborative effort with Nick Mazzarella and Matt Ulery. He also released his first album as a bandleader, re: dawn (from far). The album, out on ears&eyes Records, was recorded with some of Cunningham’s closest colleagues and mentors: Jeff Parker, Josh Johnson, and Ulery.
"He's very sensitive, yet a wonderfully powerful drummer as needed. He tastefully drives, and provides a sound heartbeat for the section..." —Marquis Hill
“Jeremy is one of the most in-demand drummers in Chicago, and he put together a special band of unique voices and personalities for re: dawn (from far). His openness as a leader really brings out the singularity in each musician's voice for this project.” —Matt Ulery
“…thunderous energy… great precision and intensity.” —WX5U, Detroit
"Cunningham has proved himself a nimble and versatile figure in a variety of mainstream and cutting-edge jazz ensembles, the Chicago drummer perhaps best known for his collaborations with trumpeter Marquis Hill." --Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"Jeremy Cunningham's debut as a leader, re: dawn (from far), shows an assured musician and composer who effortlessly taps into the great musical tradition of the city [Chicago]." --Jakob Baekgaard, All About Jazz
"Cunningham has a loose, fluid touch and feel with a strong command of dynamics that, despite it's "openness," is tightly pegged in the groove." --Jeff Potter, Downbeat... See MoreSee Less
The Jazz Estate is excited to welcome NYC Saxophonist Russ Nolan (Saxaphone) with Johannes Wallmann Piano, John Christensen Bass, Keith Lienert Drums
Russ Nolan: Voted onto DownBeat magazine’s Rising Star Annual Critics Poll the last two years and featured in the 2016 September Indie Life section, Russ Nolan’s music is often described as High-Energy Modern Jazz that both satisfies the intellect of its musical peers and speaks to everyone on a soulful level. Called a ‘renaissance man’ by those close to him, he has taken his experiences in sports, martial arts, business, after-school program volunteering, music education, and other activities to relate to a wider audience. His 2016 release of Sanctuary from the Ordinary – Live at Firehouse 12 was voted onto DownBeat’s Best of 2016... See MoreSee Less
We are pleased to welcome Rodrigo Villanueva Trio (Bill Evans Tribute) back to the Estate stage for our Saturday Late NIght Session: John Christensen Bass and Paul Hastil Piano. following the Russ Nolan Quartet at 11:30.
Bring your instrument or just yourself, this always proves to be a night of great latin jazz and good vibes. The two most important elements of jazz are community and improvisation. This night brings both of those elements together, led by the talented Cecilio Negrón Jr.
$5 Door Charge, $3 for Musicians 21+ unless prior arrangements are made. We provide the piano, percussion, bass, and guitar amp.... See MoreSee Less
Dave King is one of the most celebrated drummers in modern jazz. His contributions to the Minneapolis and New York jazz scenes are incalculable, and his imagination and boundless enthusiasm behind (and around) the drum set are singular and stunning. He has performed in 75 countries on six continents, and has been a member of bands like The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Halloween Alaska, 12 Rods, Love Cars, The Gang Font, and others. He has also recorded or performed with Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Jeff Beck, Tim Berne, Mason Jennings, Mark Morris Dance Company, Haley Bonar, Meat Beat Manifesto, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran, David Torn, Atmosphere, and many others.
Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for over 25 years. He has played many venues throughout the U. S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival , Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He has been a leader on seventeen recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim. His sideman credits have included some of the greatest names in jazz, including Joe Beck, Scot t Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Eric Gravatt, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Higgins, Ari Hoenig, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ben Street, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace.
Billy Peterson is one of the premier bass players in the world, as well as being a successful producer and arranger, having worked with Ben Sidran, Eddie Harris, Leo Kottke, Bob Dylan and Steve Miller, to name a few. Billy has been the bassist for the Steve Miller band for 15 years and they are currently touring. He is also the musical director for a cooking show which is produced in the south of France, soon to be seen in the US.... See MoreSee Less
We are pleased to welcome, from New York City, vocalist Kristen Lee Sergeant and Grammy Award Winning saxophonist Ted Nash. Backed by Milwaukee's Own: Mark Davis Piano, Jeff Hamann Bass, Dave Bayles Drums.
Door Charge: $20 General * $25 Front Row Reserved Some advance tickets are available! Space wll be held for night-of door sales.
Kristen Lee Sergeant‘s emergence on the NYC jazz scene has branded this innovative artist with a distinct musicality, an intuitive sense of vocal phrasing, fresh lyrical interpretations, and arrangements all her own – and the word is spreading nationally. Jay Edwards, WCLK-FM Atlanta’s On-Air Jazz Tones host says “Sergeant takes your breath away as an effervescent spirit whose superb vocals and phrasing inject the lyrics with new life.” The Boston Globe has called her “especially entertaining.”
In October, Sergeant debuted the record at Birdland, and the performance spoke to even greater things to come. Downbeat chose her CD as its’ Editors’ Pick (September ‘16) – praising her “buttery to deliciously tart” vocals and “dramatically fresh arrangements.” Jay Edwards of WCLK-Atlanta notes her “effervescent spirit which injects the lyrics with new life.” Grammy winning writer, Bob Blumenthal, says her “superior intonation and control, an interpretive command that ranges from defiance to gentility, a willingness to take risks with harmony and rhythm, the freshness of her arrangements, synchronicity with her accompanists, and the manner in which all these elements yield a supremely musical package.”
Ted Nash enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Los Angeles into a musical family (his father, Dick Nash, and uncle, the late Ted Nash, were both well-known jazz and studio musicians), Nash has that uncanny ability to mix freedom with substance, blues with intellect, and risk-taking with clarity. He is a co-founder of the New York-based Jazz Composers Collective, a musician-run, non-profit innovative entity dedicated to presenting the original works of composers pushing the boundaries of their self-expression. Nash is also a long-standing member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis.
Nash has become one of the most significant jazz composers of the 21st century. His recordings have received wide critical acclaim, appearing on the “best-of” lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. Portrait in Seven Shades, his first big band recording, garnered two Grammy nominations. His following big band album, Chakra, received critical acclaim and charted on Billboard.
“Neither a poster boy for the avant-garde nor a blinders-on traditionalist, Nash is simply his own man.” -Washington Post... See MoreSee Less
For our Late Night Session, Quorum will take the stage following Kristen Lee Sergeant Quartet and Ted Nash at 11:30pm...Also Celebrating Isaiah's 30th B-Day! Isaiah Joshua Piano Ethan Bender Bass Devin Drobka Drums
Our second whole album session features Eric Schoor Saxophone, Mike Kubicki Piano, Clay Schaub Bass, Todd Howell Drums. Schoor's Group will be playing Sonny Rollins records: Saxophone Colossus and Newk's Time.
Don't miss this opportuintiy to hear a live version of the records you love.
We welcomed the Milwaukee Hot Club during our Late Night Session in March and realized they needed their own night! The Gypsy Swing and sultry melodies go very well with our cocktials. Scott Hlavenka, Guy Fiorentini, Clay Schaub, Aaron Gardner Please join us on Thursday May 25th and help us welcome Milwaukee Hot Club to the Estate stage.... See MoreSee Less