EASTSIDE JAZZFEST 3 brings acclaimed pianist David Hazeltine back to Milwaukee

July 19, 2011

Milwaukee Jazz Vision presents EASTSIDE JAZZFEST 3 on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Arts located in the Helen Bader Performance Hall at 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee.

 

EASTSIDE JAZZFEST is Milwaukee's only one-day music festival featuring Milwaukee-based jazz acts and national/international acts with ties to Milwaukee. Acclaimed pianist David Hazeltine returns to Milwaukee with the David Hazeltine Trio to headline the fest. The evening’s line up also features the George Braith Quartet, the Eric Jacobson Quintet, and the Curt Hanrahan Quartet. Proceeds from this event fund the Milwaukee Jazz Vision Scholarship Program.

 

ADMISSION/TICKETS: Admission to EASTSIDE JAZZFEST is $15/student & senior, $20/general admission (advance) and $25/general admission (door). Advance tickets are available online now at: http://esjf3.eventbrite.com/

 

LINE UP/SCHEDULE:

5:00 PM ERIC JACOBSON QUINTET

6:00 PM CURT HANRAHAN QUARTET

7:00 PM GEORGE BRAITH QUARTET

8:00 PM DAVID HAZELTINE TRIO

 

 

ARTIST BIOS:

 

DAVID HAZELTINE TRIO

www.davidhazeltine.com

DAVID HAZELTINE forged his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the accumulated greatness and weight of a modern piano tradition. David's influences extend from Art Tatum and Bud Powell to such great living masters as Buddy Montgomery, Barry Harris and Cedar Walton.

David made his professional debut at age thirteen in Milwaukee, and later worked extensively in and around Chicago and Minneapolis. In Milwaukee, David served as house pianist at the famed Milwaukee Jazz Gallery, working with such greats as Charles McPherson, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Pepper Adams and Chet Baker. In fact, it was Baker who encouraged David to make his mark in New York City.

Since moving to New York City in 1992, David has made a name for himself as a “musician's musician.” In addition to his working trio (with drum legend Louis Hayes and bassist Peter Washington), David is in constant demand as a sideman. Recent credits include work with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, the Faddis-Hampton-Heath Sextet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Louis Hayes Quintet, and Marlena Shaw, for whom he serves as pianist, arranger, and musical director. Recently David was spotlighted on Marian McPartland's “Piano Jazz” radio program. David is also a member of the band “One For All” which features rising tenor star Eric Alexander.

David's debut cd as a leader Four Flights Up (featuring Slide Hampton,) released in 1996 on the Sharp Nine Label, received high praise from critics and musicians alike. Since then, he has recorded five more cds for Sharp Nine, the latest being Manhattan Autumn featuring Eric Alexander. David has also recorded five cds for the Criss Cross label, the most recent being Close To You. In Japan, David's four piano trio releases for the Venus label, tributes to Bill Evans (Waltz For Debby) and Horace Silver (Senor Blues), a collection of Hazeltine arrangements and originals (Pearls), and a compilation of jazz standards (Alice In Wonderland) have won him a large and growing following.

In addition to David's fifteen dates as a leader, his recorded work as a featured sideman reflects his status as one of the first call pianists in New York. Recent efforts include sessions with James Moody, Freddy Cole, Marlena Shaw, Jon Faddis, and Louis Hayes.

As a dedicated teacher, Hazeltine's career reflects his intense commitment to the advancement of jazz culture and awareness. In Milwaukee, he was co-founder and director of The Jazz School, and the Program Coordinator of Jazz Studies, and later Department Chairman at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Recently, he served as Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music.

 

GEORGE BRAITH QUARTET

www.georgebraith.com

George Braith, a legend in the field of modern progressive jazz, commands an uncanny and absolutely phenomenal knowledge and use of harmonics, rarely evidenced in modern jazz music today. As described by Chris Kelsey, in Jazz Times, his Braithophone chops are developed, and his lines are long, and graceful. His tenor work is lithe, melodic and unpredictable in the best sense. Braith's playing is a study in wisdom and authenticity.

George Braith is an inventor who has created the Braithophone, an instrument that blends two saxophones (soprano and alto) and Boptronics which is "the conjunction of improvisational jazz and the use of electronic virtual instruments."

George Braith is a Blue Note artist and when you hear his Blue Note releases you will be struck by the originality of his approach. New York born and bred, he made three albums for Blue Note from 1963 - 1964. He also recorded as a sideman with organist Big John Patton and led dates for Prestige later in the decade. Currently, George Braith has released a series of CD's through his label, Excellence Records, many of which are available through cdbaby.com.

 

ERIC JACOBSON QUINTET

www.ericjacobson.us

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty member since 2008, Eric Jacobson is a professional trumpet player, clinician, composer and private instructor residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eric freelances in the Milwaukee and Chicago area playing in groups such as; D'CalleSon, De La Buena, Kings Go Forth,Tristan Royalty Squad, Jeno/Eric Latin Sextet and leads his own quintet. Eric has been fortunate to experience performances and lessons with well-known artists such as: Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Jim Rotondi, Tim Hagans,Tito Puente Jr., Eric Benet and Wynton Marsalis. Eric was recently recognized in Jazzscope magazine by David Hoffman as having “a gorgeous round sound on both the trumpet and flugelhorn,” and being “on his way to being a jazz giant." Eric has also taught at MYSO jazz studies, Wauwatosa West High School Jazz Ensemble and the Wauwatosa West Marching Band. In 2001 Eric released his debut jazz CD entitled Inspiration which features some of Milwaukee's best jazz musicians as well as New York trumpet sensation Brian Lynch. Eric recently released his second album "Live at the Jazz Estate".

 

CURT HANRAHAN QUARTET

www.curthanrahan.com

Curt Hanrahan holds a Bachelor of music degree from UWM and a Masters degree in multiple woodwinds from University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the head of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and teaches saxophone and directs the jazz program, a position he has held since 1990. Co-founder of the Lakeshore Conservatory of Music in Racine Wisconsin, he has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony and has played in the Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, Harry Connick Jr., and Frank Sinatra Jr. Orchestras. Curt has also worked with such artists as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, The Arturo Sandoval Big Band, Manhattan Transfer, Diane Schurr, Bobby CaldwellDoc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis. Kurt performs regularly throughout the Milwaukee area and has performed at Fireside Theater, Skylight Theater, and with countless national touring shows including West Side Story, Hairspray, Spamalot, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Legally Blonde, and Little Shop of Horrors.

 

About Milwaukee Jazz Vision

Milwaukee Jazz Vision is an organization of musicians, teachers, students, listeners, music industry professionals and community leaders dedicated to advancing the development and growth of the Jazz community in Milwaukee, WI. MJV is responsible for the biannual Eastside Jazzfest, a one-day music festival featuring Milwaukee-based jazz acts and national/international acts with ties to Milwaukee that was established to raise money for the MJV scholarship program. Starting in 2012 MJV will distribute funding for 4 scholarships, one at each of the following institutions: The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Area Technical College, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra - Jazz Studies Program. MJV will also provide an outlet for Milwaukee based musicians to promote their performances and/or the sales of their recordings, ultimately facilitating the growth and development of the Milwaukee’s jazz community.

More information at www.milwaukeejazzvision.org email: eastsidejazzfest@gmail.com

 

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