Milwaukee pianist-composer Joshua Catania. Courtesy Milwaukee carpe-diem events
The Bay View Jazz Fest 2019 is Milwaukee jazz distilled into one day. Come down on Friday, May 31st and take a big swig or three or four. This should be musical intoxication as good as Milwaukee gets.
The fest is in it’s sixth year, and it keeps on showing what’s really happening in jazz today. Maybe it’s no coincidence that the evening-long bash at nine different Bay View venues kicks off with one of the hottest new names on the Milwaukee scene today, Joshua Catania, at 5 p.m. at Tonic Tavern. More accurately, the 18-year-old pianist-composer is still getting warmed up, career-wise. Musically, he’s already full throttle. His debut album Open to Now speaks with uncanny authority. Right from the opening bars, you hear and almost feel the power of Catania’s musical chops.
The album of all originals unfolds with myriad shades and colors, dynamic brilliance, some artistic depth and an excellent rhythm section of guitarist Dave Miller bassist John Christensen and drummer Devin Drobka.
Acclaimed Milwaukee trumpeter Russ Johnson. Courtesy The Chicago Reader
Among some of the other recommended and intriguing acts:
- The MKE Guitar Summit at 8 at Tonic
- Cameron Webb & Chris Oliver at 11 at At Random
- Johnny Padilla and Onda Tropical at 7 at Twisted Path Distillery
- The Eternal Flame: A Tribute to Mahavishnu at 5 at The Back Yard
- Mrs. Fun +1 at 7:30 at Sam’s Tap, followed by.
The Chicago Gypsy Jazz All-stars at 9
- Andrew Trim’s Ordinary Poems at 9:30 at Revel Bar
- Russ Johnson Quartet at 8 at Magnet Factory
Here’s the link to the whole line-up: