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Jazz in the Dairy Land: A Brief History of Jazz in Wisconsin with UW Jazz History Professor Matt Endres
June 5 @ 12:15 pm
Wisconsin Historical Museum presents “History Sandwiched In” featuring UW School of Music jazz history professor Matthew Endres. Endres will present “Jazz in the Dairy Land: A Brief History of Jazz in Wisconsin,” discussing the influence on jazz by regional artists such as Al Jarreau (Milwaukee), Viola Smith (Mount Calvary, Wisconsin) and Woody Herman (Milwaukee), along with Wisconsin venues including the Riverview Ballroom in Sauk City.
Bio: Born in Sauk City, Matthew Endres is adjunct professor of drum set and jazz history at UW-Madison. Endres also holds an associate lecturer position within the Department of Music at the UW-Rock County. He received his bachelor of music degree at UW-Stevens Point, his master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Illinois, and his doctoral degree in jazz studies and ethnomusicology at the University of Illinois. Endres has performed extensively as a bandleader and as a sideman in national and international venues. He is the drummer for the DownBeat award winning group Old Style Sextet. In 2014, they performed in the world renowned Cotai Jazz and Blues Festival in Macau, China. Endres has appeared on multiple albums including the Old Style Sextet’s self-titled album on blu jazz records (2014); It’s About Time (2013) with the Adrian Barnett Septet; Chris Beyt’s 120 (2015); The Clark Gibson Studio Orchestra’s record entitled Bird with Strings: The Lost Arrangements on blu jazz records (2015); and the yet-to-be-released University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band’s record entitled The Music of Pepper Adams.
Endres was a top three finalist for the nationally renowned premier big bands The Jazz Ambassadors and the Army Blues, two of the top big bands in the country. He has been fortunate to work with talented artists including Doc Severinsen, Rufus Reid, Brad Leali, Chris Brubeck, Charles McPherson, Frank Gambale, Tom Garling, Victor Garcia, Michael Blum, Shawn Purcell, Darden Purcell, Oliver Nelson Jr., Jim Pugh, Dave Pietro, Grammy award-winner Charles “Chip” McNeill, Ron Bridgwater, Dave D’Angelo, Carlos Vega, Larry Gray, Glenn Wilson, Richard Drexler, Mark Colby, Alex Graham, Clark Gibson, Tito Carrillo, John “Chip” Stephens, Joan Hickey and Adrian Barnett. Endres currently holds an endorsement with Bopworks Drumsticks, based in Austin, Texas.