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Jazz joints
When you’re in the mood for jazz, head to one of these locales around town. Be sure to call ahead to learn who is performing and when

By MARTIN HINTZ

January 2014

Astor Hotel

On the second Monday of the month, the Rhythm Aces generally get in the groove from 6 to 9 p.m. Plus, who knows who else might show up with an additional sax. 924 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 271-4220

Blu

From 8 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, you’ll find the smooth sounds of Janet O’Mahony, De La Buena, Evan Christian, Eric Jacobson, Ramon Velez, Jenny Thiel and many more varying styles of jazz. Plus there is the marvelous view from Blu on the 23rd floor of The Pfister Hotel, overlooking downtown’s bright night lights. 424 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 298-3196

Caroline’s

This Walker’s Point old school jazz club is always packed with aficionados who know that a good beverage pour goes along with music and kickback ambiance. Look for the venerable red brick building on the corner or follow your ears. 401 S. 2nd St., (414) 221-9444

Cibani’s

This relatively new club puts out soul-satisfying live music, with dancing encouraged. Cibani’s is generally open from 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To keep it chill, folks here enforce a dress code and emphasize a 25-year-old age minimum. 4704 W. North Ave., (414) 444-2001

Historic Red Mill

From 6 to 9 p.m., there’s usually music on tap by keyboard great Jeff Stoll, vocalist Sharon Schmidt and Joe Zarcone on percussion. 1005 S. Elm Grove Road, Brookfield

Jazz Estate

Around for more than 30 years, the Estate is probably the granddaddy of the city’s jazz venues, providing an outlet for up and coming musicians as well as longtimers. Fans can hear good old upbeat standards or contemporary rhythms. Bartender Amber Grupe keeps the drinks flowing, no matter how large the usual elbow-to-elbow crowd. 2423 N. Murray Ave., (414) 964-9923

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts

The gallery’s free Tuesday Night Jam Session runs from 7 to 9 p.m., often featuring guitarist Neil Davis, bass impresario Ethan Bender and Jeno Somlai on drums. The site is hosted by the Riverwest Artists Association. 926 E. Center St., (414) 267-2948

 


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