Martini Jazz Lounge: LUXI
Jan
17
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: LUXI

Tonight we are going off the beaten path a bit. Milwaukee native and ascendant electronic, vocal and visual artist Luxi will be pushing the limits of what we normally present here at Transfer’s Martini Jazz Lounge, but she promised to keep it loungy, and we’re excited to see what she brings.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, October thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. $0 cover.

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Transfer House Band feat. Jesse Montijo
Jan
15
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. Jesse Montijo

Recent New Mexico transplant, Jesse Montijo, has quickly become a recurring contributor on the Transfer stage. We welcome him back for a full night with the robust organ trio that is the Transfer House Band, keeping the standards fresh, rolling deeper into the new year.

The Transfer House Band, now in it’s tenth year of continuous Tuesdays, is: your fearless leader, Neal Chandek, on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar holding down the grooves on the jazz kit.

As always, all day every Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Martini Jazz Lounge: Manty Ellis Trio
Jan
10
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: Manty Ellis Trio

It’s the 2nd Thursday of 2019, and that means the first appearance of the year for the Manty Ellis Trio. Milwaukee’s godfather of jazz guitar, the legendary Manty Ellis*, is supported by veteran players Jeff Hamann on bass and Jamie Breiwick on trumpet.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, Oct thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. No cover.

*Why do we call Manty Ellis legendary? Click here to read an amazing interview by Jamie Breiwick/ Milwaukee Jazz Vision.

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Transfer House Band feat Dennis Fermenich
Jan
8
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat Dennis Fermenich

Transfer House Band, coming off of a holiday induced 3 week break — their longest in 5 years! — is raring to get 2019 going in high gear. Resident vocalist, Dennis Fermenich, who joins us every other week, will light things up and help us keep the New Year’s positivity going forward. The Transfer House Band is: your fearless leader, Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar maintaining the groove on the jazz kit.

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Martini Jazz Lounge: Cream City Qtet
Dec
27
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: Cream City Qtet

Cream City Quintet is a 4th Thursday fixture for the 2018-2019 run of Martini Jazz Lounge.

If you’ve had the pleasure of happening upon some Django Reinhardt style swing — popularly known as Gypsy Jazz — here at Transfer, you will know that the sound and the spirit of the music melds beautifully with our historic space. Local Gypsy Jazz luminary, Scott Hlavenka, has assembled a skilled group of players for the evening.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, October thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. $0 cover.

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The 10th Annual Xfer House Band Xmas Show!
Dec
18
7:30 PM19:30

The 10th Annual Xfer House Band Xmas Show!

It's the 10th annual pre-Xmas Transfer House Band bash! Every year, the Tuesday before Xmas, we dive into that rich treasure trove of Amerimusicana, the Christmas standard. With the accomplished and groove driven underpinning of the House Band, led by Neal Chandek on the keys along with Bill Martin on guitar and Omar on the jazz kit, Dennis Fermenich will lead the charge with his finely honed expertise with an eclectic array of Xmas tunes, from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to the benchmark Bing Crosby.

As always, every and all Tuesday features half priced bottles of wine. Tonight we will also have $5 hot cups of Gluhwein to warm your soul!

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Martini Jazz Lounge: Manty Ellis Trio feat. Jesse Montijo
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: Manty Ellis Trio feat. Jesse Montijo

2nd Thursdays at Transfer mean the Manty Ellis Trio. Milwaukee’s godfather of jazz guitar, the legendary Manty Ellis*, is supported by veteran players Jeff Hamann on bass and guest saxist Jesse Montijo on the alto.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, Oct thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. No cover.

*Why do we call Manty Ellis legendary? Click here to read an amazing interview by Jamie Breiwick/ Milwaukee Jazz Vision.

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Transfer House Band feat. Vicki Provencher
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. Vicki Provencher

We’re happy to welcome back to the Transfer stage the sweet voice of Vicki Provencher, who will be supported by the usual crew in supplying some holiday vibes: Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar on the kit.

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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House Band feat Dennis Fermenich
Dec
4
7:30 PM19:30

House Band feat Dennis Fermenich

Transfer House Band will be breaking down the standards along with resident jazz vocal stylist, Dennis Fermenich, bringing the positive vibes to your Tuesday night. The Transfer House Band is Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar maintaining the groove on the jazz kit.

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Martini Jazz Lounge: Cream City Quintet
Nov
29
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: Cream City Quintet

Cream City Quintet, normally a 4th Thursday fixture, has been bumped to this 5th Thursday due to last week’s Thanksgiving.

If you’ve had the pleasure of happening upon some Django Reinhardt style swing — popularly known as Gypsy Jazz — at Transfer, you will know that the sound and the spirit of the music melds beautifully with our historic space. Local Gypsy Jazz luminary, Scott Hlavenka, has assembled a veteran group of players: Guy Fiorentini and Ben Dameron on guitar, Michael Ritter on bass, Allen Russell on violin, with Mr. Hlavenka himself also on guitar.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, October thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. $0 cover.

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Transfer House Band feat. Brenda Smith
Nov
27
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. Brenda Smith

Tonight, we're happy to welcome back a fixture of the Transfer stage, the incredible Brenda Smith, still one of Milwaukee's best kept secrets. She'll be supported by your host, Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar on the jazz kit. 

As always and all-days on Tuesdays, vino is half price... by the bottle!

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Transfer House Band feat. Dennis Fermenich
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. Dennis Fermenich

It's Tuesday night. That means the Transfer House Band will be breaking down the standards along with resident jazz vocal stylist, Dennis Fermenich, bringing the positive vibes to your Tuesday night. The Transfer House Band is Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar maintaining the groove on the jazz kit.

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Mike Pauers Quartet
Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Mike Pauers Quartet

We are happy to welcome back to the Transfer stage the Mike Pauers Quartet, headed up by Mr. Pauers on his bari sax and supported by a killer line up.

Martini Jazz Lounge is every Thursday, Oct thru May. $5 classic martinis and cosmos. No cover.

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Martini Jazz Lounge: Manty Ellis Trio feat. Jesse Montijo
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: Manty Ellis Trio feat. Jesse Montijo

2nd Thursdays at Transfer mean the Manty Ellis Trio. Milwaukee’s godfather of jazz guitar, the legendary Manty Ellis*, is supported by veteran players Jeff Hamann on bass and Jamie Breiwick on trumpet.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, Oct thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. No cover.

*Why do we call Manty Ellis legendary? Click here to read an amazing interview by Jamie Breiwick/ Milwaukee Jazz Vision.

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Transfer House Band feat. George Braith
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. George Braith

From Staten Island, of Blue Note fame and proprietor of The Braithophone Musical Instrument Company, Inc., we are thrilled to welcome George Braith, brilliant saxophonist and inventor of the tenor/alto siamese hybrid, the Braithophone… which will be prominently featured tonight.

Support tonight will be aptly provided by your usual suspects, fearless leader Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar on the jazz kit.

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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House Band feat Dennis Fermenich
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

House Band feat Dennis Fermenich

Transfer House Band will be breaking down the standards along with resident jazz vocal stylist, Dennis Fermenich, bringing the positive vibes to your Tuesday night. The Transfer House Band is Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar maintaining the groove on the jazz kit.

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Martini Jazz Lounge: Juli Wood Trio
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: Juli Wood Trio

We're thrilled to welcome back saxophonist and vocalist Juli Wood, a fixture in the Chicago and Milwaukee jazz scenes, and whose career has international reach. Tonight, she’ll be joined by Paul Silbergleit on guitar, and Clay Schaub on bass.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, October thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. $0 cover.

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Transfer House Band feat. Scary Jerry Grillo
Oct
30
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. Scary Jerry Grillo

It’s Halloween Eve and the House Band is possessed! With catatonic consistency, the core trio will be locked into the grooviest of grooves while a very scary Jerry Grillo croons his way through the dark, half-moon night… If your costume survived the weekend, break it out one more time!

The Transfer House Band is leader Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar commanding the jazz kit.

As always, all day Tuesday, bottles of wine are half priced.

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Martini Jazz Lounge: Cream City Jazz Manouche Quintet
Oct
25
7:30 PM19:30

Martini Jazz Lounge: Cream City Jazz Manouche Quintet

This will be the inaugural night of a new 4th Thursday tradition for the Martini Jazz Lounge. If you’ve had the pleasure of happening upon some Django Reinhardt style swing — popularly known as Gypsy Jazz — at Transfer, you will know that the sound and the spirit of the music melds beautifully with our historic space. Local Gypsy Jazz luminary, Scott Hlavenka, has assembled a veteran group of players: Guy Fiorentini and Ben Dameron on guitar, Michael Ritter on bass, Allen Russell on violin, with Mr. Hlavenka himself also on guitar.

Martini Jazz Lounge, every Thursday, October thru May.
$5 classic martinis and cosmos. $0 cover.

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Transfer House Band feat. Dennis Fermenich
Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. Dennis Fermenich

It's Tuesday night. That means the Transfer House Band will be breaking down the standards along with resident jazz vocal stylist, Dennis Fermenich, bringing the positive vibes to your Tuesday night. The Transfer House Band is Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Omar maintaining the groove on the jazz kit.

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Transfer House Band feat. Jesse Montijo
Oct
16
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band feat. Jesse Montijo

Update: Rolla Armstead is having car troubles and is not able to make it down tonight. Instead, we another sax phenom, recent New Mexico transplant, Jesse Montijo.

[We welcome, from Oshkosh, tenor sax player and Milwaukee son, Rolla Armstead. Rolla, a Milwaukee Conservatory alumnus, was an active part of the jazz scene here in its heyday and is intent on maintaining a presence in Milwaukee. We are proud to be a part of that effort.]

As always, all day every Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Transfer House Band 10 Year Celebration!!!
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

Transfer House Band 10 Year Celebration!!!

Tonight, we are celebrating TEN YEARS of the TRANSFER HOUSE BAND. Transfer the restaurant celebrated it’s 10 year mark in March. The house band, which started off as “Charles, Martin and friends,” joined us on Tuesday evenings October of that year (2008).

The original group was Neal Chandek on keys, Bill Martin on guitar and Dennis Fermenich on vocals. Soon Andrew Wilson emerged from retirement as the groups drummer, and a consistent stream of sit-ins and guests began to appear, from local well-knowns like Jerry Grillo and Adekola Adedapo, to the occasional heavy hitter, like George Braithe and Brian Lynch. Now, over 500 performances later, Omar (Jeff Phillips) is holding down the drums, Neal and Bill and Dennis are still doing their thing! Tonight we celebrate maintaining the groove!

As always, all day Tuesday at Transfer, we're providing the vino at half price... by the bottle.

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Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Jeremy Kuzniar Organ Trio

We are thrilled to welcome Jeremy Kuzniar, who brings his star studded organ trio to the Transfer stage to kick off the 2018/19 edition of Transfer’s Martini Jazz Lounge! Jeremy has enlisted Dan Schneck on the organ and Steve Peplin on guitar, so this promises to be a journey worthy of taking!

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