Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts & Humanities


World-class musicians and jazz experts entertain and inform audiences in a week-long celebration of the musical genre often hailed as one of America's original art forms. Events are open to the public, and many of these events are free. 


Jeff Davis’ “Tone Collector”
Mar 12  |  7 pm  |  Free

Recorded live at the Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, Sweden over two nights, Tone Collector is an enthralling document of an unfettered trio exploring their more outré side. Tone Collector's sonic exploration takes precedent over pre-written compositional aesthetics and the trio proves they are astute listeners.

Conversation and Cocktails with
John Dye of The Jazz Estate

Mar 13  |  5 pm  |  Free

John Dye, owner of Milwaukee's cocktail lounge and jazz club The Jazz Estate discusses his commitment to jazz music and his inventive strategies that enable musicians who play it to thrive. The conversation will begin in the Bedford Concert Hall at 5 pm followed by an Arts Mixer sponsored by the Kenosha Commission on the Arts and a Jazz concert featuring We Six at 7 pm.

We Six
Mar 13  |  7 pm  |  Free

From hard bop to world beats, original compositions to soulful standards, We Six explores the full range of jazz in their straight-ahead style. A consistent favorite of festivals and clubs, this group has appeared in concert with jazz luminaries such as Benny Golson, Phil Woods, Charles McPherson, Slide Hampton, Eric Alexander, and Brian Lynch, and can be heard on their CD “Bird Say.”

Makaya McCraven
Mar 14  |  7 pm  |  Free

Called a sound visionary in an era of genre-bending music, Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist who pushes the boundaries of sound and rhythm to create categories of his own. Whether behind the drums or in the lab, this mixmaster moves between genres at lightning speed in a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hiphop.

Dee Alexander Workshop
Mar 14  |  4 pm  |  Free 

Dee Alexander Quartet
Mar 15  |  7 pm  |  $10 / $5 Students

From a soft, sultry traditional ballad, to a contemporary Jazz-Funk groove; from a high flying swing, to a scat-filled romp, Dee Alexander delivers each style with a passion and love of music that comes across in each and every note, and with a style and grace that is truly her own.

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BMO Harris Noon Concerts
Parkside Jazz Faculty & Alumni

Mar 16  |  12 pm  |  Free

Parkside Jazz Ensemble with
High School Jazz Ensembles

Mar 16  |  7 pm  |  $10 / $5 Students

The next generation of jazz musicians perform together when the UW-Parkside Jazz Ensemble is joined by students from area high schools, including Horlick, Union Grove, and Oak Creek.

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All performances in Bedford Concert Hall

UW-Parkside Jazz Week is sponsored in part by contributions from Kenosha Community foundation, the Uline Corporation, and UW-Parkside. Parking for the Jazz Week performances is free in Lot  B & C in any unmetered, undesignated space.   For more information, contact the UW-Parkside Box Office at 262-595-2564.

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345