Following the John Christensen Atlas Project we welcome guitar duo Steve Peplin and Neil Davis to the stage from 11:30 to 2am. Look foward to amazing guitar playing, a little banter, and a lineup of all star guest players.
DJ Carol Klein spins a night of jazz trios, including Shirley Horn, Marian McPartland, Shirley Scott, Wes Montgomery, Ahmad Jamal, Horace Silver, Jim Hall, Elmo Hope, Bud Powell and many more. Special tribute to August birthdays Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans. Great music and cocktails, no cover.... See MoreSee Less
Friends & Neighbors represents a new generation of bands from the Norwegian jazz-scene. The music can be described as energetic and melodic free jazz inspired by musicians like Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter. On their debut album ”No Beat Policy” (2011), Friends & Neighbors created an authentic and acoustic atmosphere that refers back to the political roots of free jazz. Through original and strong compositions, this has resulted in a band sound with strong identity, crystal clear presence and personality. The quintets members can also be heard in bands like Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Frode Gjerstad trio, Albatrosh and Cortex. Their second release «Hymn for a Hungry Nation» was received with 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in DownBeat Magazine.
"The spirit behind the phrase suits the quintet beautifully, and in terms of both historical stylistic precedent and a certain, strong and palpable ensemble identity…" "Call it a neo-"New Thing" sensation" (Joseph Woodard/DownBeat Magazine)».... See MoreSee Less
Combining a joyful swing feel with an impeccable touch, Ben Paterson has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young pianists on the Jazz scene today Ben Paterson Piano, Eric Jacobson Trumpet, Jeff Hamann Bass, Todd Howell Drums "As soulful a pianist / organist as exists anywhere." - Downbeat Magazine... See MoreSee Less
Tim Whalen is a musician based in Washington DC. He is a jazz pianist, versatile keyboard player, and highly respected composer and arranger. “He is an exceptional player who fully understands the jazz language and is fully conversant with all genres of the music.” - Kenny Barron... See MoreSee Less
With her unique blend of pop, jazz and R&B, Donna Woodall presents lush, intimate vocals with every performance and has established herself as a skilled singer, bandleader, and songwriter on the Wisconsin music scene.... See MoreSee Less
The Chris Madsen Quartet ("Bonfire" project) will play my original compositions. And the songs will be played expertly because of the members: Stu Mindeman on piano, Clark Sommers on bass, and Dana Hall on drums. There's not a lot to say about these players because everyone already knows that they bring the highest levels of musicianship to every scenario. They continually share the stage with some of the greatest musicians in the world, and they fit that description themselves. Needless to say, I'm thrilled to have them onboard for this project. $5 cover... See MoreSee Less
Electrifyingly new and strangely familiar at the same time...with his mix of modern sounds and old-fashioned feeling, Raymond is steering jazz in the right direction." (Downbeat Magazine)
Recently voted as a Rising Star Trumpeter in the Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll, John Raymond has been making a name for himself as one of the most promising, up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, John has performed with some of most well-respected names in jazz including Billy Hart, Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ethan Iverson, and Linda Oh among others. His latest album "Real Feels" was released to widespread acclaim, including a ★★★★1/2 Downbeat review and was included on the Best Jazz Albums of 2016 by Stereogum.
Raymond's trio "Real Feels" is a unique bass-less band that includes rising stars Gilad Hekselman (guitar) and Colin Stranahan (drums). The group incorporates indie-rock inspired originals and covers as well as puts a fresh spin on familiar songs, many of them stemming from Raymond's roots as a Midwesterner. From American folk songs like Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," to classic hymns such as "Amazing Grace," to Lennon & McCartney's "Blackbird," to Thom Yorke's "Atoms for Peace," the music undoubtedly evokes a nostalgia for the past. However, "Real Feels" is far from being antiquated; the band's improvisational, free-wheeling, keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of approach to the music makes the songs feel entirely relevant.... See MoreSee Less
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
The Extra Crispy Brass Band (or EC Brass Band or ECBB) plays New Orleans-style brass band music inspired by the great contemporary bands such as the Dirty Dozen, Hot Eight, Rebirth, and New Birth Brass Bands as well as traditional outfits such as the Olympia and Mahogany Brass Bands. The EC Brass Band’s repertoire includes pieces from the turn of last century (1900!), traditionals by Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, modern funk tunes, and originals.... See MoreSee Less
Matt Blair is a pianist, composer, improviser, and educator currently based in Minneapolis, MN. His latest projects include performing with Good Trouble, a jazz septet dedicated to playing all original music; Slipstream, a chamber quartet that focuses on the commissioning and performing of new music; and with Vacant Paradise, a solo piano project that is a personal quest to find a deeper connection to the instrument he has devoted his work to.... See MoreSee Less