In celebration of the birth of trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, I had the honor of playing in the horn section of Josh Duffee’s Graystone Monarchs at the Tribute to Bix festival in Racine, Wisconsin this afternoon. The band features the talented Andy Schumm on Cornet and members of the Fat Babies band are scattered throughout the personnel.
Black Bear Combo is a four to six member brass/reed band. It is described as a raucous mutt channeling the common energy between traditional music from eastern Europe and the Balkans, punk rock, and free jazz. The band will be performing on the main stage of the Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest on Sunday July 31st at 2pm.