MAY 3, 2020 - 3:00 PM
Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble
The Jazz Menagerie
Take a trip to the zoo with our very own Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble as they present a program filled with tunes about animals. From Louis Armstrong's "Muskrat Ramble" to Duke Ellington's "Cottontail," Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder," the Disney favorite "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat," Nancy Wilson's "A Sleeping Bee," and Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon." Take a walk on the wild side as we celebrate the close of our 15th season!
ABOUT THE MEMBER MUSICIANS
Sue Crawford, vocals - Sue began singing in high school musicals, which led to speaking and singing for radio and television commercials during and after college. She met her husband, John, right around the time his wedding band needed a singer, and she reluctantly agreed to "fill in" until he could find a vocalist. That was over 30 years ago, and to this day she enjoys performing in the Kenosha area with The John Crawford Jazz Band.
Curt Hanrahan, clarinet/alto saxophone - Curt Hanrahan is both a solo recording artist and head of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He co-founded the Lakeshore Conservatory of Music in Racine Wisconsin and performs regularly throughout the Milwaukee area with symphonies, theater productions, Jazz artists and The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, which he leads. Curt has worked with Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Manhattan Transfer, Diane Schurr, Bobby Caldwell and Doc Severinsen to name a few. He has released three solo CDs: Hang Time, To Be Again and Souljourney as well as Welcome to Swingsville with The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra
Steve Jacob, tenor saxophone - Steve Jacob has music degrees from UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater. A veteran of more than 30 years in the southeastern Wisconsin music scene, Steve is just happy to still be playing!
Jamie Breiwick, trumpet - Trumpeter-composer-bandleader-educator-designer Jamie Breiwick has performed with numerous notable jazz artists, including Arturo O' Farrill, Adonis Rose, Ralph Bowen, Matt Wilson, Dan Nimmer, Joe Sanders, Matt Ulery, Francois Moutin, Pete Zimmer, Adam Larson, Rick Germanson, David Hazeltine, and David Bixler. Jamie has performed with Grammy-nominated R&B artist Eric Benet, and was featured live in his recent music videos. He has also performed with the Barcelona-based band Brazzaville led by David Brown (Beck), and with comedian Bob Newhart. Jamie's current band projects include Dreamland (The music of Thelonious Monk), and the Lesser Lakes Trio.
In 2010, Jamie co-founded Milwaukee Jazz Vision, an organization guided by the purpose of advancing jazz and creative music in the greater Milwaukee area. In 2013 Jamie became an endorsing artist for Ravel Paris trumpets. He also runs a digital graphic arts business and regularly creates stylish posters, album and book covers, often reflecting the sleek and bold manner of classic Blue Note label album covers. Jamie is Instrumental Music Instructor at The Prairie School in Racine, and was nominated in 2013 for the first-ever Grammy Music Educator award.
Ken, Wiele, Jr., trombone - After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University in 2011, Ken served as a band and orchestra director in Appleton and Kenosha before accepting a position as Associate Lecturer of Jazz Trombone at the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin ñ Milwaukee. He has performed regularly on extended contract with Princess Cruises and currently performs with the new Milwaukee-based group, Living the Dream. Ken serves as part of the Jazz Studies faculty at MSYO, and is a teacher employed with the Milwaukee Lutheran High School Association. His father is one of Wisconsin's premier music educators and a semifinalist for the Grammy Educator Award.
Brian Harris, piano - Brian Harris is a pianist / keyboardist / vocalist with virtuoso technique and broad experience in a wide range of musical styles. Classically trained with a degree in Piano Performance from Hartt School of Music, Brian also is a veteran jazz player and can rock out from behind a rack of synthesizers and keyboards.
He is involved in a wide range of pursuits: Recording his own music, performing throughout the United States and Europe as pianist with the backing showbands - Change Of Habit and EAS - performing as a solo artist, and also performing original music, jazz and blues with Brian Harris Group. He also performs with a Peter Gabriel-era Genesis tribute band Grand Parade and Fanfare - a tribute to the music of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Brian also currently performs a show called Simply Elton a tribute to the live performances of Sir Elton John.
Paul Griffin, percussion - has been a freelance drummer and percussion teacher in the area for the last 33 years, performing with various musical groups, with emphasis on jazz. He is also a member of the Kenosha Pops Concert Band and regularly plays in pit orchestras for musicals. Paul enjoys applying his listening skills and creative adaptation to many styles of music. He works full time as a designer for the Power Tools Group of Snap-on, Inc.
Michael Gudbaur, bass/band leader - Bassist Mike Gudbaur was active as a performer and educator in the Racine/Kenosha area for more than 25 years. A longstanding member of the Racine Symphony Orchestra, Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic and the Festival City Symphony, he played in countless concerts in and around Southeastern Wisconsin. As a jazz musician, he appeared in many popular venues from Milwaukee to Chicago. He also served for many years as Associate Lecturer of Double Bass at UW Parkside. In 2015, Mike and his wife, Brenda, moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he continues to perform, playing in the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and the Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, a big band that comprises many of Charlotteís veteran jazz musicians.