Monday March 31, marked the start of the inaugural Jazz Week at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. It's five days' packed with events, classes and concerts for the campus and the community to enjoy.
Friday, April 4, is probably the busiest day of the week. Another concert/master class with the Patricia Barber is free and open to the public and features several top jazz musicians including Tony Malaby, Jason Roebke, and Frank Rosaly from 4-6 p.m. in Bedford Hall.
Monday showed us the musical talents of David Bixler and his quintet, as well as a master class held immediately after. Tuesday featured the UW-Parkside Jazz Ensemble along with jazz musicians from Carthage College.
Wednesday April 2, was an evening of smooth, free-flowing music as accomplished jazz personality Patricia Barber and her quartet played in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall. Nestled in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, audiences had the chance to get up close and personal with Barber's particular brand of jazz.
Known for her witty, intellectual lyrics, and her deep husky voice that hovers somewhere between a soft, hushed tone, and a high note that sends chills of excitement down your spine, she proves time and time again why she is so popular. Her piano work, whether solo, or accompanied, carries a similar raw and powerful quality that holds you in place; like any beautiful piece of art it demands your attention.
The Kenosha Community Foundation sponsored the event and was proud to host a free master class conducted by the Patricia Barber Quartet with musicians from UW-Parkside, Carthage College, and the Kenosha Unified School District on Thursday, April 3, in the Bedford Concert Hall.
UW-Parkside encourages students, faculty, and community members to attend and enjoy this week-long celebration of the genre of jazz. All events are held in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall. Free events are sponsored by the Kenosha Community Foundation as well as the Uline Corporation.