Milwaukee's Jazz in the Park is going virtual -- here's how to tune in 🎶
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee favorite -- Jazz in the Park -- is going virtual!
Produced by East Town Association in Downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park in every summer since 1991, folks are asked to join virtually "in a grassy spot near you" and enjoy a few evenings of jazz.
Virtual Jazz in the Park will take place Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. WATCH on Facebook HERE.
- August 20 - Lockjaw Featuring Milwaukee Jazz Dignitaries Manty Ellis, Jamie Breiwick, Luis Diaz and Toty Ramos
- August 27 - Cigarette Break
Tips are being accepted HERE.
More on the bands below:
August 20, 2020
Lockjaw, a name which is partially attributed to legendary saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, is a trio that is rooted in the jazz tradition, but often dips its toe into a pool of a variety of genres, particularly where pop culture is concerned. Lockjaw's core instrumentation of drums, bass, and saxophone is designed to feature a rotation of guest chordal instrumentalists. For this presentation, Jason Goldsmith (saxes), John Simons (bass) and Jeno Somlai (drums) are joined by dynamic pianist Scott Currier. All four players are known as educators, performers, leaders, and sidemen across the spectrum of musical styles. Their versatility allows them to explore new combinations of sound, while maintaining the integrity of its jazz ideology.
August 20 feature artists will also include
Manty Ellis, Milwaukee’s own “Godfather” of Jazz.
Jamie Briewick, trumpeter-composer-bandleader-educator-designer.
Toty Ramos, whose musical career spans numerous genres: traditional Latin, rock, rhythm and blues, fusion, blues, jazz and Latin Jazz. Toty Ramos has been the regional mainstay as a composer/ arranger for countless groups, which include Ko-Thi Dance Co., Matrix, Sigmund Snopek, and numerous other contemporary artists.
Luis Diaz, a regional legend with over 35 years experience in the world of Salsa, Latin Jazz and Afro-Caribbean Music.
August 27, 2020
Cigarette Break formed back in 2002 after working with a well known hip hop group called Black Elephant. Since then the Break has performed at many different festivals including Summerfest, Bastille Days, Center Street Days, Brady Street fest, and River Rhythms just to name a few. They have also performed with many local and national acts such as Marsha Ambrosia, J Holiday, Eric Roberson and Conya Doss. They often perform at weddings, birthday parties, the mayor's ball as well as sorority balls. Cigarette Break consists of 5 members; Tim Ricketts (founder and bassist) Olen Franklin (music director and drummer) Darrien Williams (lead guitarist) Eric Lock (keyboardist) and Tobias Cannon (saxophonist). You can catch them performing at music venues and halls throughout Milwaukee such as Mr Js lounge and hall, Brownstone Social lounge and Truth Lounge