Usually, you have to go to three different venues on three different nights perhaps at three separate areas of the city to hear the wealth of talent that will be under the same roof at this year’s Jazz Unlimited of Greater Milwaukee’s Spring Concert. This “do not miss” affair takes place on Saturday, April 16, at the American Serb Hall, 5101 West Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, from 2-5:30 p.m.
The Wisconsin Room, a great stage and venue, will provide the backdrop for this show. There is plenty of free parking available on the adjoining lot. Tickets are $25, $20 for JU members and $10 for JU student members (full-time students 24 or under) and can also be purchased through Eventbrite or at the venue at the time of the show.
The core mission of Jazz Unlimited of Greater Milwaukee is to promote the jazz genre, of course. But the organization also acts as an incubator, of sorts, that nurtures and propagates the area with young musicians who will be playing in the clubs and restaurants we frequent in the coming years.
To replenish the coffers and keep this engine running, JU has regular events to achieve that end. Monthly Jazz Jams at The Packing House, The Jazz Boat and the Spring Concert each go a long way in getting the job done.
This second annual concert has a powerpacked lineup that will tickle the palates of jazz fans from several subsets of the genre. VIVO will apply its unique flair to Latin Jazz and the Standards with Warren Wiegratz (sax, flute, keys, melodica), Pam Duronio (vocals, percussion), Tim Stemper on guitar, Brian Dale, drums, and Larry Tresp on bass taking the stage. The Eric Schoor Quintet features Eric Schoor on tenor sax, Eric Jacobson on trumpet, Jeff Hamann on bass, Mark Davis (piano) and Dave Bayles on drums will give it to you straight. The Carlos Adames Group featuring Carlos and Tony Ayala on percussion, Russell Rossetto on trombone, Elias Holman (piano) and bassist Conway Powell will light upon a variety of your favorites.