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David "Harmonica" Miller

David Miller is a multiple genre Harmonicist, Vocalist, Guitarist, Teacher, Promoter, President of Jazz Unlimited MKE, and Owner. Dave Miller teaches beginning to advanced harmonica, beginning voice, and basic blues guitar. David was introduced to the harmonica back in 1972 by his late father at the age of eleven years old. Dave's dad was his mentor, but his other influences also include: Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Billy Branch, Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells, to name just a few. David Miller has appeared throughout the Midwest

NEWS: RECORDING

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

Award-Winning Nine-Piece Band Phat Phunktion To Release "Live At The High Noon" On CD/Blu-Ray On June 2

As a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison music students who banded together in 1996, Phat Phunktion have built a loyal following of listeners throughout the United States and around the world. Combining the polish of Top 40 with the smooth feeling of 60’s soul and the raw groove of 70’s funk, Phat Phunktion is a nine-piece ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Gypsy-World Music Travelers "The Hollands" Free MP3 Available At The Franciscanized World Website

Gypsy-World Music Travelers "The Hollands" Free MP3 Available At The Franciscanized World Website

Year of Mercy Song Series features The Hollands “Reconciled”, a free download through April at the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Web Site The Hollands craft handmade music that incorporates several genres, from the transcendent improvisational spirit of jazz to swinging gypsy and roots celtic-folk. Download Free MP3 Jana Holland, originally a Michigander, has traveled between three continents, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward

Read "Maud Hixson: Studying Scores and Moving Forward" reviewed by David Bittinger

Maud Hixson has built an accomplished career as a performer and recording artist out of unlikely circumstances. She grew up far from the capitals of jazz and vocal music, in the Twin Cities area. Doris Day's performance in the Ruth Etting biopic “Love Me Or Leave Me" served as a primary inspiration for a young Maud ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Daan Kleijn: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by David Bittinger

If in the past you'd asked me about jazz guitar, a few words might have been offered about Wes Montgomery, and a few more about a beloved Jazz 'Round Midnight reissue of one of the great records that Django Reinhardt cut with violinist Stéphane Grappelli. A vague opinion might then have been tossed off that is ...

NEWS: EVENT

Kate McGarry, The Yellowjackets Headline Lawrence University's 33rd Jazz Celebration Weekend

Kate McGarry, The Yellowjackets Headline Lawrence University's 33rd Jazz Celebration Weekend

APPLETON, WIS. — Both ends of the jazz spectrum will be represented Nov. 8-9 when Lawrence University hosts its 33rd Jazz Celebration Weekend. Grammy Award-nominated vocalist Kate McGarry, a four-time “Rising Star" honoree by Downbeat magazine, kicks off the weekend Friday while the legendary fusion quartet the Yellowjackets close the weekend Saturday evening. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

A Sondheim Jazz Project: A Sondheim Jazz Project: City of Strangers

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This CD crosses two soft borders: one between Canada and the U.S, and one between show tunes and jazz. It presents the work of the most famous Broadway songwriter of the past half century as might be heard performed at the Village Vanguard rather than the Winter Garden.

Saxophonist and arranger Bobby Hsu's “A Sondheim ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Maud Hixson: Don't Let A Good Thing Get Away

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This collection of songs by veteran composer Michael Leonard has deep roots but contemporary character. It was laid down in New York's legendary Nola Recording Studio, whose clients have included Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie. The outstanding instrumentalists--cornetist Warren Vache, bassist Steve LaSpina, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and pianist/arranger Tex Arnold--have worked with such luminaries as Benny ...

NEWS: RECORDING

BluJazz Label Releases Jamie Breiwick's "Spirits"

BluJazz Label Releases Jamie Breiwick's "Spirits"

Artist: Jamie Breiwick
Album: Sprits
Label: BluJazz
Release Date: May 4th, 2013
LISTEN TO SPIRITS Open the door on the album cover and you enter the Jazz Estate, a Milwaukee club that exemplifies a venue that nurtures modern straight-ahead jazz and makes money at it. This recording was made there one ...

NEWS: EVENT

Vocalist Gretchen Parlato Closes Lawrence University 2012-13 Jazz Series on May 3

Vocalist Gretchen Parlato Closes Lawrence University 2012-13 Jazz Series on May 3

Innovative vocalist Gretchen Parlato closes Lawrence University 2012-13 Jazz Series Friday, May 10 with an 8 p.m. performance in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Hailed by jazz legend Herbie Hancock as “a singer with a deep, almost magical connection to the music” Parlato has been attracting fans and critics alike since winning the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz ...