The Jazz Gallery was long a Riverwest institution before it closed in the mid-'80s.
Live records were made there, the likes of Bill Cosby came down after comedy gigs to sit in on the drums with Jimmy Smith there. It was, for many years, the place in town to see big name jazz musicians in Milwaukee.
An August 1983 calendar showed no less than Art Blakey, Arturo Sandoval and Phil Woods on the schedule, alongside local notables like Manty Ellis, David Hazeltine and Brian Lynch.
Now, the venue, at 926 E. Center St., is back, in collaboration with the Riverwest Artists Association.
According to The Jazz Gallery's Facebook page, a re-launch party is set for Saturday, Aug. 6, from 6 until 9 p.m., with New York's The Waday 4, featuring Peter Schlamb on vibes, guitarist Wade Ridenhour, bassist Aaron Darrell and drummer Devin Drobka.
The Kenny Reichert Quartet will also perform. The event is free.
For more info on the new Jazz Gallery, call (414) 374-4722.
Great to see it return. Saw a few shows there years ago, the last being the Nat Adderly Quintet.
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