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Miwaukee Jazz Orchestra

"…well played...very good hard-bop-oriented performer...Curt Hanrahan plays flexible, dark-toned tenor.” - Jazz Times


"...Hanrahan’ blowing urgent tenor, is grounded in hard bop.” - Bill Milkowski



"One-take recordings explore tradition while maintaining joyful originality." - KBUT Community Radio Crested Butte / Gunnison, CO



"Here’s a group on a mission: let’s take some old jazz and pop songs and make them swing, really swing!" - Dave Rogers, WTJU 102.9 FM, Richmond VA


"...a crew of Milwaukee jazzbos through a delightfully mixed big band program, they hit it right out of the box with a swinging, commercial energy that's inclusive and invites everyone into the tent---particularly if they want to hear some killer blowing, all home grown and away from the beaten path. High octane, high energy and a high old grand time. Well done." - Midwest Jazz Record

The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, led by saxophonist and educator Curt Hanrahan is an A-list roster of Milwaukee musicians who not only swing their behinds off, they have something original to say by way of performances that are a  perfect balance of classic and contemporary standards and originals that are swinging, soulful, traditional and cutting-edge.

The benevolence of Woody Herman as the leader of a Big Band for over 50 years and the historical importance of the jazz produced from this great Orchestra is the mission of The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra

The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra-"Take The A Train"-Live at WoodyFest 2017

The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra-"Jazzman"-Live at WoodyFest 2017

The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra-"Caravan"-Live at WoodyFest 2017

The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra-"Then One Day I Had The Blues"-Live at WoodyFest 2017

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