Live Jazz in MKE: Peter Bernstein Organ Trio with Larry Goldings and The Avishai Cohen Quartet with Jason Lindner

Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart and Peter Bernstein have played together as a trio for over 20 years.

Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart and Peter Bernstein have played together as a trio for over 20 years.

Apologies to readers: CC’s headline was misleading regarding The Peter Bernstein Trio date. The trio played on April 19th, but not this week, as my previous headline suggested. 

Guitarist Peter Bernstein’s Organ Trio with Larry Goldings, organ and Bill Stewart on drums will perform Tuesday , Tuesday April 19, 8 p.m. at Shank Hall 1434 N. Farwell Ave ($20).

This hot, smart, very modern organ trio keeps a great jazz tradition cooking in the present.  Golding burns, and stretches the organ as well as anybody today. Among Goldings’ many credits is a monumental 2006 ECM recording called Saudade, with Trio Beyond, which included guitarist John Scofield and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The album and short-lived “supergroup” reinterpreted the music of the jazz fusion-pioneering Tony Williams Lifetime, which included John McLaughlin on guitar and Larry Young on organ, and ex-Miles Davis Quintet drummer Tony Williams.

Bernstein and Stewart are right there in the jazz pantheon, as players and leaders, deep in the pocket, swinging, but fearless. Bernstein has played extensively with Diana Krall,  Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the late, great Milwaukee organist Melvin Rhyne.

Best of all, the Bernstein-Goldings-Stewart trio has played together for over 20 years.


Then, The Avishai Cohen Quartet with pianist-keyboardist Jason Lindner will  play at Collectivo Back Room, 2211 North Prospect Ave., at 8:30 Saturday Apr. 30 on Prospect Ave. ($25)

I saw trumpeter Cohen in San Francisco with the SFJAZZ Collective in 2014, and he plays beautifully, at times like a wizard. The highly multi-cultural Israeli bandleader has played often with the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty, and also with the remarkable family band, The 3 Cohens Sextet with his sister, acclaimed clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, and brother, saxophonist Yuval Cohen.

Keyboardist Jason Lindner, a very inventive sonic experimenter, records with emerging sax giant Donny McCaslin, both of whom played on the late David Bowie’s last album Blackstar, one of the hot topics in the recording industry these days.

Lindner is a repeat Down Beat Rising Star award poll winner, and in 2014, he topped the Electronics Player Of The Year category in The Jazz Journalists Association’s annual poll. The Avishai Cohen Quartet includes Tal Maschiach on bass and Justin Brown on drums.

Kudos to East Side venues Shank Hall and Collectivo for picking up the slack for touring jazz artists, while The Jazz Estate on Murray Ave. is renovated for its re-opening in October, under new ownership.

For more information, and links to tickets for both concerts visit Milwaukee Jazz Vision.

If you scroll down briefly there, you will find full information on Avishai Cohen and his concert.


Peter Bernstein Organ Trio photo courtesy

Avishai Cohen photo courtesy