SOMERS — For the fifth straight year the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Russ Johnson, associate professor of music, will provide a rare opportunity for the community to enjoy the work of world-class jazz musicians, and become more familiar with the genre. It takes place during UWP Jazz Week Monday through Friday, March 12-16, in Bedford Concert Hall at UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road. The schedule:
- Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. — New York City’s Jeff Davis’ Tone Collector with Davis (drums), Tony Malaby (tenor) and Eivind Opsvik (bass). Davis has been a highly coveted mainstay drummer on the New York music scene for nearly two decades. He is described as a passionate poet on the drum set. There is no admission fee. Go to www.jeffdavisdrums.org.
- Tuesday, March 13, 4 and 7 p.m. — John Dye of Milwaukee’s premier jazz club, Jazz Estate: The Business of Jazz will perform at 4 p.m. We Six of Milwaukee takes the stage at 7 p.m. From hard bop to world beats, original compositions to soulful standards, We Six explores a large variety of jazz in their straight-ahead style. There is no admission fee. Go to www.wcmusic.org/concerts-2/we-six-jazz-sextet.
- Wednesday, March 14, 4 and 7 p.m. — The Dee Alexander Workshop takes place at 4 p.m. Makaya McCraven of Chicago will be the second performer of the day at 7 p.m. In an era of genre-bending music, McCraven pushes the boundaries of sound and rhythm to create his own unique music. There is no admission fee. Go to www.makayamccraven.com.
- Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. — The Dee Alexander Quartet of Chicago. Go to http://deealexander.net/. Admission is $10 and $5 for students.
- Friday, March 16, noon and 7 p.m. — The UW-Parkside jazz faculty and alumni will be featured at the BMO Harris Noon Concert Series. There is no admission fee. The final event of Jazz Week is a special collaboration between the UW-Parkside Jazz Ensemble and guest local high schools including Horlick, Union Grove and Oak Creek High schools. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for students.
For more information about Jazz Week, go to www.uwp.edu/jazz.