Maayan Silver

Last weekend, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music sent an ensemble of high school students to a prestigious jazz competition in New York City. It was a once in a lifetime experience for the quintet of five Milwaukee-area high school seniors — to play at the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival and High School Competition.

R. Andrew Lepley

Every jazz musician has to start somewhere. Jazz great Thelonious Monk played church organ as a teen in New York. Miles Davis picked up the trumpet at age 12 in east St. Louis. But what makes these musicians fascinating to listen to is how they evolved and developed their craft over the years.

Leiko Napoli

For some people, jazz is life. Trumpeter Eric Jacobson is one of those people.

Hal Leonard

One of the hallmarks of jazz is that its players know how to improvise. So it would seem that the idea of teaching improvisation is a contradiction in terms.

Herb Alpert, His Trumpet and Other Delights

Jul 16, 2016

Please note: This interview originally aired in June, 2013.

It's been said that you can recognize trumpeter Herb Alpert within the first three notes of a song.

Bonnie North

The Jazz Lab Combo, from MPS’s Milwaukee High School of the Arts is one of just two student groups in the country to win a major national award from DownBeat Magazine, the 2016 Performing Arts High School Outstanding Performances award. Not only that, but it was the third year in a row the school has been honored by DownBeat.

Photo by Dakota Harper

Milwaukee-raised songstress Lili K started performing young - through church and elementary school choirs. The Milwaukee High School of the Arts alum studied classical, opera and jazz vocals and received an education in arts, entertainment and media management at Columbia College Chicago.

Photo by Bonnie North

Singer Jeannine Rivers has been serenading the Milwaukee area for years. Whether she’s at Caroline’s, the Pfister’s BLU Bar and Lounge or West Bend’s Café Soeurette, her powerful and expressive vocals, along with a mix of jazz standards and original compositions, make her an audience favorite.


When you listen to Milton, Wisconsin native Kat Reinhert, you can hear lots of influences in her music. She is a jazz singer and songwriter, but her lyrics feel more like they belong in pop songs. And, she also began her music career as a classical singer.

John Rogers

Jazz musician John Raymond started out playing piano, but it didn’t take long for him to find his true love - the trumpet. 

When most people think of drummer Ginger Baker, they think of his work in Cream.

Okka Fest Reignites Jazz

Jun 21, 2013
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Free jazz. If hearing those two words together makes you close your eyes and shudder, Bruno Johnson wants to have a word.

Lani Hall and Her Musical Endeavors

May 31, 2013

Lani Hall is a prominent world class singer whose debut began with the group Brasil 66, who later signed to Herb Alpert’s record label A&M Records, Herb and Lani then began working collectively together to make music.

Pravassa/Erica Mather

A popular Wisconsin jazz musician stepped back from the piano to become a New York yoga instructor.