Milwaukee isn’t exactly known for its jazz, but the distinctly American genre actually has quite a long and impressive history in the city. With The Jazz Estate set to re-open soon, Caroline’s thriving, and new jazz-oriented events like Company Brewing’s Supper Club series popping up, On The Record host Tyler Maas—who is the first to admit he knows laughably little about jazz—figured there was no better time to explore Milwaukee’s jazz scene.

To do this, Maas went to the home of prolific local saxophonist Jay Anderson of Foreign Goods and, like, 500 other bands, who got Maas up to speed on jazz’s origin, the state of jazz in Milwaukee in years past, where it sits today, and where he thinks it’s headed. Anderson also talked about his upcoming Strange Fruit shows, which will take place at The Hotel Foster, Company Brewing, and Cactus Club next weekend.

This episode is brought to you by our friends at Vander Mill, a Michigan-based cider company that recently hit Wisconsin soil. Music in this episode comes courtesy of Piles (“Blue Glue”) and Foreign Goods (“Bhairava”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes or Stitcher (for free!).

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