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Remembering "The Dark Side" and Ron Cuzner

Published March 27, 2014

It was 11 years ago today when my mother called me from Milwaukee and told me Ron Cuzner had died that day at 64. I was stunned into a Cuzner-like pregnant-pause silence. I had moved to Madison in 1989, so I lost my close connection to Ron in those pre-radio streaming years. He had spun his last Ellington "Solitude" intro and uttered his last golden catch-phrase. He and his jazz program "The Dark Side" had finally moved on to the light.


Milwaukee talks: Jazz violinist Sonya Robinson

Published Nov. 29, 2013

Miles Davis once compared the jazz violin playing of Milwaukee native Sonya Robinson to the work of Stuff Smith. If you follow jazz, you know what kind of praise that is, especially for a young musician. Nearly 30 years later, after a recent return home to perform at Blu, atop The Pfister hotel, we took the opportunity to chat with Robinson about her career, about her Milwaukee ties and about her new record.


Breiwick's Monk tribute is a sort of happy accident

Published May 14, 2012

If news that local jazz musician and organizer Jamie Breiwick has yet another new release comes as a bit of a shock, you're not alone. The ever-occupied, constantly creating Breiwick is a musical force of nature. His new record, "Music of Thelonious Monk: Friday the 13th," is available only as a free download. Breiwick says the release wasn't something he planned.


Milwaukee jazz pianist Dorsey dead at 96

Published March 4, 2010

You read here about Claude Dorsey celebrating his 96th birthday in January. Sadly, we received word today that Dorsey died last night.


100 more great Milwaukee music makers, part 2

Published Feb. 12, 2010

A couple weeks ago, we unveiled the first part of this list of some Milwaukee-related musical greats. Like the first list, this one -- which also features some well-known names -- crossed genres and decades.

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