Milwaukee Jazz

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Milwaukee's jazz scene has forever stood in the shadow of Chicago's illustrious institution, but it stands strong. Cream City has produced a wealth of talent, attracted top-notch transplants, and hosted legends like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Billie Holiday, and Wynton Marsalis. From the heyday of the 1940s and 1950s to the renaissance of the 1970s, from the streets to the classrooms, from grand ballrooms to outdoor festivals, from swing to bebop, from smoky bars to dimly lit clubs like the Flame, Thelma's Back Door, and the Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee has been a hotbed of improvised music, providing a noteworthy contribution to the story of jazz in America.
ISBN: 9781467103107
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Wisconsin
Series: Images of America
Images: 208
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
When the iconic Jazz Estate was set to reopen in 2016, writer Joey Grihalva was tasked with a straightforward article on Milwaukee jazz. This simple assignment took Grihalva on a jazz odyssey in his hometown. He soon learned about local luminaries Loretta Whyte, Jabbo Smith, Woody Herman, Bernie Young, Scat Johnson, Al Jarreau, Manty Ellis, Berkeley Fudge, Brian Lynch, and more. Drawing on interviews with musicians, club owners, scenesters, and journalists, along with images from personal collections, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, Grihalva opens a window into the beautiful, magical history of jazz in Milwaukee.
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