Saturday, September 4th

3:00- 4:30 pm
Buchman-Robinson Quintet featuring Lexie Lakmann

Co-lead by pianist Mathew Buchman and trumpeter Marty Robinson, the quintet includes Steve Johnson on tenor saxophone/bass clarinet, bassist Dave Story, and drummer Ryan Korb.  Drawing on over 25 years of collaboration and a shared love for the jazz tradition, the band freshly interprets the Great American Songbook along with music from masters like Horace Silver, John Scofield, and Ellis Marsalis.  But the bulk of the group’s repertoire are originals.

Buchman and Robinson contribute most to the quintet’s book of music.  The two grew up within 30 miles of each other and studied with some of the same teachers, most notably John Harmon and Fred Sturm.  Their paths first crossed while studying at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.  After Robinson moved back to Wisconsin in 2004, they have teamed up on a variety of projects including the Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra as well as state-wide non-profit organizations.

Besides being accomplished players, each member of the band is a dedicated music educator.  Buchman, Story and Korb are faculty members of the UW-Stevens Point music department;  Robinson is Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at UW-Oshkosh, and Johnson teaches at the Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay.

This special performance features Lexie Lakmann, a senior at UW-Stevens Point double majoring in Jazz Studies and Choral Music Education.  Downbeat Magazine recently named Lexie an Outstanding Jazz Vocalist in the undergraduate category of their student music awards for a second year in a row.  

5:00-6:30 pm
Lucia Newell

Lucia Newell is an internationally acclaimed jazz singer whose “voice has a warm and pure jazz sound”…”who would shine in any international concert hall.” She was born in Minneapolis and moved to New York where she was continuously involved in plays and musicals, choirs, garage bands and choral groups throughout her youth.

Lucia has been performing and traveling around the world for over two decades. She was part of the Rio Jazz Orchestra for two years, her Brazilian influence takes your soul to the streets of Rio.

“Twenty-three year jazz veteran Lucia Newell is one of the most powerful vocalists on the Twin Cities scene.”
—Courtney Lewis, Minnesota Monthly, July 2004.

You will not want to miss it!

7:00-8:30 pm
Donny McCaslin Trio

Riverfront Jazz Fest is thrilled to welcome Donny McCaslin Trio, Donny is an American jazz saxophonist. He has recorded over a dozen albums as a bandleader in addition to many sideman appearances, including on David Bowie’s final studio album, -Blackstar.

Donny has been playing saxophone since he was twelve and he has been nominated three times by The Grammy Awards as composer.

“Taking cues from their former boss, McCaslin and his collaborators on Bowie’s final LP boldly embrace a vocal-driven sound” – Rolling Stone

Please join us for a musical experience with the art of Donny McCaslin Trio!

Sunday, September 5th

3:00-4:30 pm
Sullivan Fortner

The American Jazz pianist was the regular pianist in trumpeter Roy Hargrove’s Band from 2010 to 2017.

Grammy-Awarded winner Sullivan Fortner began playing piano at age 7. He earned his Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music (MSM). He is passionate about teaching, his insights have been featured in The New York Times. Fortner has offered masterclasses at MSM, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Purdue University, Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, Belmont University and Oberlin Conservatory where he held a faculty position. 

In 2018 his collaboration with vocalist Cecile McLorin Galvan, gave him a Grammy Award in the category of Best Jazz Vocal Album.

You do not want to miss the talented pianist, composer and band leader Sullivan Fortner!

5:00-6:30 pm
Shades of Blue

The Shade of Blue Jazz Ensemble is composed by professional enlisted musicians. Some of the members are composers and arrangers.

Their extended repertoire ranges from traditional big bands, to swing to modern jazz. The Shades of Blue marches onto home plate to perform national anthems for Chicago White Sox MLB, or onto center courts to perform for Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks NBA games.

The Shades of Blue is a reflection of our heritage and pride of our nation and the United States Air Force.

7:00-8:30 pm
Victor Garcia Septet

The lineup of greats he’s performed with speaks for itself: Aretha Franklin, Arturo Sandoval, Spoon, Monty Alexander, Wynton Marsalis, Victor Manuelle, Nicholas Payton, La India, the Temptations, Steve Turre, BeBe Winans, Tito Puente, Jr., Paquito d’Rivera, Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, and Dr. John.

Victor has recorded on dozens of albums, three of them Grammy-nominated!

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