Milwaukee’s premier swing band, the Milwaukee Connection has released “Live, A Tribute to Chuck Hedges” as a 2 Disk CD Audio and DVD Video set, all recorded in concert at the Coliseum Room in Madison, WI. The DVD Video disk includes 3 extra bonus tracks.
The Milwaukee Connection, paying tribute to the swing era music and spirit of the late Chuck Hedges, has released “Live, A Tribute to Chuck Hedges” under the leadership of jazz guitarist Steve Lewandowski. The CD/DVD set offers selections in the swing styles of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Lionel Hampton, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel. Featuring some of the Midwest’s best jazz musicians, the Milwaukee Connection is known for its hard driving rhythm section and tight ensemble melodic lines. The Milwaukee Connection has been refining their powerful swing style for over ten years where audiences have been regular and highly enthusiastic. Mr. Lewandowski’s leadership comes on the heels of the CD release, “Familiar Melodies” which features ten compelling original compositions highlighted by a Midwest jazz all-star line-up, and includes final studio performances by Chuck Hedges:
Milwaukee, WI. 04 December, 2009 – “Familiar Melodies is an ideal example of worthwhile original music imagined by Milwaukee jazz guitarist, Steve Lewandowski.” A prominent presence on his town’s club scene, we are happy to report that as of January, 2011, Familiar Melodies has been receiving international airplay from SKYJAZZ RADIO via Mike Smith in Toronto, Canada, Devin Yamanaka at JAZZRADIO.COM in Palo Alto, California, RADIO SWISS JAZZ, and now from Brett Ringold at BLUEJAZZ RADIO out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Milwaukee Connection’s level of musicianship is high, utilizing some of the upper Midwest ’s best jazz musicians including vibraphonist Bob Maynard, whose lightning mallet work has graced Chuck Hedges’ quintet since 1999. Chicago native John Blegen, clarinet, was invited to join The Milwaukee Connection on the recommendation of Chuck Hedges just prior to his retiring from the music scene, and is considered to be one of the finest exponents of swing clarinet in the country today. George Welland has been one of the premier bass players in the Milwaukee area for many years. He has worked with Marion McPartland, Mel Torme, and Rosemary Clooney. Indianapolis native Jack Carr rounds out the band on drums. He has worked with Wes Montgomery, Slide Hampton, Freddy Hubbard, David Baker, and others.
“There’s diversity here, from chamber swing to gypsy jazz, blues, sambas and more” - Mike Drew, Veteran Milwaukee jazz critic and columnist
“Lewandowski has the clean, biting tone of former Oscar Peterson sideman Herb Ellis” – Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 3, 2008
“Guitarist Lewandowski’s confident surefootedness is especially impressive” – David Franklin, Jazz Times Magazine, April, 2006
For additional information, please visit www.milwaukeeconnection.biz
For media and booking requests, please contact Steve Lewandowski at 414-305-0975 or firstname.lastname@example.org