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Concert: The Mike Kubicki Trio in Milwaukee

A hot piano trio braves a frigid night

The Wisconsin mood was not good: temperatures in Milwaukee stayed well below zero; sharp winds howled through the city and its people. Worse, local television coverage for the upcoming Green Bay Packers playoff game was rumored to be blacked out.

Attempting an escape from this dire atmosphere, we braved the arctic cold and headed to the Jazz Estate, a small club that has provided live music to the faithful for many years. The room filled slowly. Ambient conversation was largely about the weather. At one point I heard the owner say that he was surprised by the large turnout. There were maybe 20 people in the place. Such “large” audiences are probably the reason for another unwelcome rumor-the Jazz Estate may be closing soon. We hope not. On this January night, at least, vibrant jazz was alive in Milwaukee.

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