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Madison Jazz Jam presents Lem Banks
June 3 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Madison Jazz Jam celebrates the 2018 Isthmus Jazz Festival with a performance by guest vocalist Lem Banks. A shining star of the Milwaukee music scene, Banks specializes in everything from the Great American Songbook to Motown to contemporary R&B. During his 30-plus year career, Banks has performed with virtually all of the Cream City’s top jazz artists and opened for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and Gladys Knight & the Pips. He’s a five-time nominee for the annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) “Best Male Vocalist” award, has an ongoing gig at Milwaukee’s Packing House Restaurant, and can be heard on several Paul Spencer “Jazz Explosion” live CDs.
He’ll be backed by a quartet of veteran players from Madison and the larger region: Ken Hoffman, tenor sax; Paul Muench, piano; Matt Rodgers, bass; and Rodrigo Villanueva, drums. The event begins with a set by Banks followed by an educational jam session in which jammers learn about repertoire and performance practices from the house band. Musicians of all ages and skill levels are welcome at each meeting of the Madison Jazz Jam, and we’re issuing a special call for vocalists to join us at this event! We look forward to celebrating jazz in Madison with Lem Banks on June 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the North Street Cabaret! Free!