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Grassel's 20th CD includes collaboration with Mexican rapper Tacuako

Published Aug. 10, 2015

Virtuoso Milwaukee jazz guitarist and author has just released his 20th CD. The multi-talented Grassel played nearly every note on "2015 Jack" - which features a mix of original material and standards - but what's most surprising is his collaboration with Mexican rapper Tacuako, recorded in February in Cancun. We caught up with Grassel to ask about the record, the collaboration and more.


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.

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