By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Nov 15, 2006 at 2:54 PM
Cascio Interstate Music, 13819 W. National Ave. in New Berlin, isn’t exactly a smoky jazz club, but it might feel a bit like one Saturday, Nov. 18 when it hosts the second annual HornFest from 11 a.m. on.

The event kicks off with the New Berlin Eisenhower High School Jazz Band and quickly heats up when trumpeter Brian Lynch -- a Milwaukee boy who lives and works in New York -- leads a clinic at noon.

Saxman Chris Vadala (of Chuck Mangione’s band) follows at 1, Tom “Bones” Malone (from Letterman’s band)) at 3 and Bela Fleck’s Jeff Coffin at 4. The Pius XI High School Jazz Band plays at 2 p.m. and there’s a jam session at 5 p.m. to close out the program. There will be Q&A and autograph sessions with the talent and more.

“This is the third in a series of events sponsored by Cascio Interstate Music in our company’s continuing effort in the community, helping provide the Milwaukee area with world-renowned performances in a free clinic-style setting,” said CEO Michael Houser. “And we’re proud to do this in our own hometown.”

The event is free and open to all.
Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.