Daniel in the Clock Tower

Enjoy great views of the city and JRT music atop the Rockwell Automation Clock Tower during the Open Doors Milwaukee event on Sept 28. Open Doors provides a unique peek inside historic and significant Milwaukee buildings normally not open to the public.

Speaking of clock towers – how about that Daniel in the Clock Tower from Mr Roger’s Neighborhood of Make Believe? I gotta believe Daniel says it best when he tells us it’s ‹meow› going to be straight up groovy ‹meow› at any of the ‹meow› JRT outings listed ‹meow› below ‹meow›.

Caroline’s Jazz Club
401 S 2nd Street
414-221-9444
www.facebook.com/CarolinesJazzClub
Wednesday Sept 11
8:30pm – 11:30pm

Midweek is goodweek at Carolines. Stop in for libations and jazz both cooled out and cookin. Take that, hump day!

Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy
218 N Water St, Milwaukee
(but enter via the alley off Chicago Ave)
414-221-6565
www.bugsysbackalleysaloon.com
Saturday Sept 21
9pm – 1am

Don’t miss Andy’s drum solo as he tees it up Phil Collins style. Crockett and Tubbs would approve.

Doors Open Milwaukee at the Rockwell Automation Clock Tower
1201 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
www.travelwisconsin.com/events/tours/doors-open-milwaukee-43438
Saturday Sept 28

What many don’t know is that the Neighborhood of Make Believe was rife with zoning and building code violations. Indeed only with sizable kickbacks from King Friday were the permits eventually signed. JRT investigators recently uncovered documents from Picture Picture showing a complete disregard for even rudimentary construction standards and basic city planning:

  • The tree occupied by Owl and Henrietta Pussycat was not only never zoned duplex, but was a tinderbox of a fire hazard (what with all the leaves and such).
  • Originally built as a strip mall, Lady Elaine repurposed the merry-go-round as her primary residence. Heck the signs for ‘Dollar General’ and ‘Checks Cashed’ still clutter the basement.
  • How the Platypus house ever received an occupancy permit remains a mystery. I gotta believe lack of opposable thumbs contributed mightily to the shoddy construction.
  • King Friday’s castle? An architectural abomination so poorly built the third floor is virtually uninhabitable due to mold. I cannot over-stress the importance of properly installed vapor barrier.

But, in all fairness – they do have a trolley.

Ally’s doublemint

Riddle me this: what’s the only thing better than an outing at Ally’s Bistro?

Answer: Two outings at Ally’s Bistro.

Please enjoy the easy parking, family friendly atmosphere, good food fine drinks at Ally’s both this Friday AND next Friday – details below. We’ve got a pair of trio’s (I did the math) revved up and ready to go with fresh songs for both dates. My tired jokes between the songs? Those will remain groan-ily stale (and mostly lifted from old Steve Allen bits).

Ally’s Bistro
N72W13350 Lund Ln, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
262-251-972
allysbistro.com
Friday Aug 30
8pm-10pm

AND

Ally’s Bistro
N72W13350 Lund Ln, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
262-251-972
allysbistro.com
Friday Sept 6
8pm-10pm

Anyone else have a hankerin’ for some doublemint gum?

JRT Italiano

A friendly reminder for those who love Sunday mornings, coffee and maybe a little jazz::

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum’s Renaissance Garden – Café Sopra Mare
2220 N. Terrace Avenue, Milwaukee
414-271-3656
www.villaterrace.org/exhibitions_events/upcoming_events
Sunday Aug 25
10:30am – 12:30pm (as in: the morning)

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum hosts the original trio – Mike, Andy and little-ole-me – laying down instrumental morning jazz in the best Tuscan courtyard garden this side of Florence. Make it a summer morning of art and sound at a venue that is truly one of Milwaukee’s shining gems.

It’s Pronounced New Awlins…

I am extremely excited to announce a Shrimp Boil at the historic Story Hill Firehouse featuring the J Ryan Trio this Friday Aug 16 (5:30-8:30pm). For tickets and details please see the link and info below. The Story Hill Firehouse is one of Milwaukee’s newest and finest venues for weddings, special events and live music.  Originally constructed in 1927, the now refurbished space retains many original architectural details while lending a thoroughly chic and modern scene to any event or evening. And the food? Magnifique!

In the spirit of any good New Orleans shrimp boil, we’ll ‘laissez les bon temps rouler’. That is: ‘Let the Good Times Roll’. The JRT will cover both the song and the sentiment.

Story Hill Firehouse
407 N Hawley Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53213
262-477-5813
facebook:  www.facebook.com/407Hawley/
website:  www.storyhillfirehouse.com
Friday Aug 16
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Information and tickets available at the below link
www.facebook.com/events/1082877085237617/

Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy
218 N Water St, Milwaukee
(but enter via the alley off Chicago Ave)
414-221-6565
www.bugsysbackalleysaloon.com
Saturday Aug 17
9pm – 1am

But wait – there’s more: There’s Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy on Saturday Aug 17. Woohoo. We’ll play a perpetual plethora of poppin’ tunes while also including a copious compliment of camaraderie and comedy. Oh we can be pretty funny – although not always in a ‘ha ha’ way.

And all of the above after helping out friends in music at the State Fair. Indeed the photo below shows our very own Alissa wailing on a Janis Joplin tune while ensconced in the mighty tendrils of not 1, not 2, but count ’em 3 smoke machines. I think the vapor looked extremely cool under the lights, and helped Alissa develop an even smokier tone by the third set.

Ally’s Bistro – Opening For Kings and Associates From Australia

Extra extra read all about it…was a phrase once used by newsboys to sell newspapers… newspapers, kinda like the internet, but made from trees.

So here’s the scoop: J Ryan Trio (www.jryantrio.com) opens for the fabulous Australian blues band Kings & Associates during the Milwaukee stop of their US tour. They’ll play an intimate club event at Ally’s Bistro this Wednesday – details below. Here’s a primer to bring you up to speed: it’s summer here, winter there; Miller here, Fosters there; toilets flush clockwise in the US, counterclockwise down-under; and that’s not a knife… this is a knife.

Ally’s Bistro – with Australian blues band Kings & Associates
262-251-972
N72W13350 Lund Ln, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
allysbistro.com
Wednesday July 10
JRT – 5pm – 6pm
K&A – 6:30pm – 8pm

Also be sure to check out our July session at the always cool and groovin Bugsy’s:

Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy
414-221-6565
218 N Water St, Milwaukee
(but enter via the alley off Chicago Ave)
www.bugsysbackalleysaloon.com
Saturday July 20
9pm – 1am

My Cat’s on Prozac

Got some great music on the way – check out details below or at www.jryantrio.com We’re excited to share not only our sound, but our charity mission supporting both Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.

Caroline’s Jazz Club
401 S 2nd Street
414-221-9444
www.facebook.com/CarolinesJazzClub/
Wednesday June 26
8:30pm – 11:30pm

Opening day of Summerfest. Stop in on the way to the fireworks, or on the way back from the fireworks for a chance to win Summerfest tickets courtesy of your friends in the J Ryan Trio. Or avoid the parking and crowds and hang out old-school at club Carolines – it’s the zig to Summerfest’s zag.

MOTOR Restaurant and Bar
BBQ and Blues at the Harley Davidson Museum

400 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53203
414-287-2778
www.motorrestaurant.com/happenings/
Saturday July 6
5pm – 8pm

Catch the Milwaukee Blues Rock Collective at MOTOR on the campus of the Harley Davidson Museum. We’re B students all night as we focus on Bourbon, Blues, BBQ and Breakin-it-down old school. Visit MOTOR for a unique and well crafted experience (on two wheels, or four). All proceeds from the MBRC appearance at this outing benefit Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative.

Well – my cat’s on Prozac. I’m completely unmedicated but the cat’s on anti-depressants. That’s messed up on (at least) two counts. You see, one of our cats passed recently. The remaining cat (Pango) took the loss personally. In fact he stopped eating, gave up on doing much of anything. I’m sure with opposable thumbs he would have hit the bottle pretty hard. After a few days of no food we thought it best to have him checked out. Clean bill of health but learned the little fella was likely distraught over the loss of his feline brethren. Amazing social depth for an animal still willing to eat off the floor. Anyhoo, after a few days on happy pills, he’s back to his old self – remarkable. Good thing too as his despondence prevented him from sitting on his favorite sofa. Not sure how the therapy sessions were to work if he wont sit on the couch.

The J Ryan Trio – how does that make you feel?

Biting the Hand That Feeds You

School’s out, summer travel on tap – but still plenty of fun to be had in and around Mil-town. Wanted to keep you in the loop on the following dates – full schedule at www.jryantrio.com.

Arte´ Wine and Painting Studio
1442 Underwood Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
414-810-6095
www.artewineandpaint.com
Friday June 14
7pm – 10pm

Part of the Arte´ Wine and Paint summer music series – enjoy drinks prepared by gracious staff, painting tips provided by their top artists and music courtesy of, um… well the little ole JRT of course. Ingredients of a perfect Friday nite.

Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy
218 N Water St, Milwaukee
(but enter via the alley off Chicago Ave)
414-221-6565
www.bugsysbackalleysaloon.com
Saturday June 15
9pm – 1am

The cavalcade of musical anomaly that is the JRT will convene our June plenary speakeasy session at the fabulous Bugsy’s. Both members and prospective inductees into our musical family are encouraged to attend.

Special Alert: The JRT is very excited to be opening for Kings and Associates at Ally’s Bistro the evening of July 10 for a special event as part of their US tour. Awarded multi Australian Blues Music Awards and 2018 ARBA album of the year, you’ll want to eek out time on your summer calendar to reserve seats for this very, very special event. Rest assured I’ll keep you posted with further details. In the meantime check them out at the link below:
www.facebook.com/kingsandassociatesmusic

Speaking of special events, we had a little 8’th grade graduation shindig last Friday. Not sure when 8’th grade graduation became an event – but I’ve got the left-over cupcakes to prove it’s indeed a thing. Oh you know the cupcakes – store bought jobbers that if not consumed at the party, get unceremoniously dumped in the office break room on Monday morning – the hallowed tradition of feeding left-overs to co-workers. Ostensibly a waste-not, want-not arrangement but also a fascinating ongoing social experiment. I’ve seen left for the taking both delicious morsels, and less desirable fare:

  • Random vegetables – from a home garden or maybe from a relative serving in an agrarian work camp – and always includes zucchini. Any workplace in July / Aug invariably features abandoned zucchini. Why grows them if you don’t wants them? No-one takes them – no one wants unwrapped fringe vegetables on their desk all day, or wants to tote these nature-made punch-lines with them to the parking lot. Tomatoes? I guess, but the zucchini thing has got to stop.
  • Christmas cookies – anytime after Jan 10. I’ve seen these things show up in March…. March. Sometimes they’re broken into pieces in what I suspect is an attempt to mask their origin, but I know my cookie forensics and ain’t no way those rock-hard atrocities were crafted in any month other than December. Heck the tin says ‘feliz navidad’. Now my Spanish is limited to that and ‘donde esta la biblioteca’ but those cookies are ‘no bueno’.
  • Any candy not in a wrapper. And this goes for hotel check-in desks, banks counters all of that. M&M’s or Mike & Ikes or whatever ampersanded confectionery exposed to whomever last took a big unwashed handful… no. hecks no. In our resurgent age of measles, swimmers ear and restless leg syndrome the whole unwrapped candy scene is done. Shut it down.
  • Candy that IS wrapped, but has near it a sign-up sheet for boy scout troop 007 or brownie troop YYZ or whatever wee-tyke paramilitary club y’all are into. Don’t get me wrong – those are all great organizations and I’m more than happy to buy a $5 Twix to support them. My request is simply that the sign-up sheet be explicit and clearly marked in direct adjacency to said candy. Else I think I found free candy (free candy!) but instead inadvertently commit a serious and egregious social misdeed inadvertently stealing from the wee tykes. Wee tykes with survival and military training.

Oh – and I don’t like potlucks.

Sampler platter

I’ve switched toothpastes. They had a taste test at the grocery store; I ate half a tube of the Aquafresh before the nice lady running the show shut it down. Gotta say it wasn’t bad. I’m minty fresh. Plus don’t gotta worry about tartar anytime soon.

Taste tests are great not only for mildly toxic dentifrice, but also for music. As you know, the J Ryan Trio has a sister band – The Milwaukee Blues Rock Collective. While the J Ryan Trio is a charity mission playing piano led jazz, blues and soul, the MBRC is a guitar slingin’ rock and blues band. Thus in the spirit of taste-testin’, I bring humbly to your ears two tender morsels for your consideration:

  • First a J Ryan Trio interpretation of a Sinatra classic: ‘One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)’ – see attached mp3.
  • Second an MBRC treatment of Janis Joplin’s ‘Piece of My Heart’ – see other attached mp3.

If you found either sample at all tasty, please know that both the J Ryan Trio and Milwaukee Blues Rock Collective are available to book your venue or event. Do feel free to reach out to yours truly, or to our fabulous Alissa if we can be of service. Four out of five dentists can’t be wrong.

Best of all: stop out and sample a veritable smorgasbord of music at any of our upcoming soirees and check our full schedule at www.jryantrio.com

Caroline’s Jazz Club
401 S 2nd Street
414-221-9444
www.facebook.com/CarolinesJazzClub
Wednesday May 29
8:30pm – 11:30pm

Stop by and we promise to lay it down good and groovy on your Wednesday. Classic jazz club vibe (though we’ll rock it out a little)

West Allis A La Carte
Downtown West Allis
(on Greenfield Ave between 7oth & 76th Streets)
414-774-2676
www.travelwisconsin.com/events/fairs-festivals/west-allis-a-la-carte-44617
Sunday June 2
3pm – 5pm on the East Stage

West Allis knows how to throw a great party – and West Allis A La Carte is it. Find the Milwaukee Blues Rock Collective at the East Stage starting at 3pm. We’ll peg the fun-meter.

One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
Piece of My Heart

Westallion Brewery Fundraiser, Bugsy’s ‘Fun’-raiser, and more

Genuine, friendly, down-home and fun describes both the Westallian Brewery and the fundraiser they are graciously hosting this Friday night April 5. Mark your calendars; it promises to be a groovily delicious evening of craft brews and music with the J Ryan Trio. Every penny raised goes directly to the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative. We are beyond excited to debut the Westallion – be there as it ain’t the same without you.

Westallion Brewery
1825 S 72nd St, West Allis, WI 53214
414-578-7998
www.westallionbrewing.com
Friday April 5
7pm – 10pm

I’m told there’s no such thing as a sure thing. But odds are it’s a lock, a lock I say, that April’s Bugsys outing will be a perfectly blended a mix of swingin dance-able tunes, good laughs and gen-u-ine rejuvenation in Milwaukee’s coolest and friendliest spot.

Tell ’em Ryan sent ya.
To which they’ll respond “Ryan who?”
You’ll then clarify “you know – J Ryan”
Which generally prompts the response “Who’s in the what now?”
So yes, it will get awkward, but still – totally worth it.

Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy
218 N Water St, Milwaukee
(but enter via the alley off Chicago Ave)
414-221-6565
www.bugsysbackalleysaloon.com
Saturday Apr 20
9pm – 1am

It’s funny, this musical thing of ours. I gotta believe not too many bands slate Miles Davis and Lady Gaga in the same set. Or ricochet from Sinatra to the Temptations while grazing a Stevie Wonder tune. With the way down low notes being the bedrock of the rhythm section, a bassist with a stone-cold grip on that casserole of styles is as rare as hen’s teeth, but we got ’em. Indeed the little ole JRT is blessed to have not one but three, count ’em three tremendous bassists of stratospheric caliber: the triumvirate of Mike, Dave and Cadillac Jimmy.

With a ’64 Coupe Deville in the garage and decades of experience on Milwaukee’s rock scene under his belt, we had to bestow upon him the affectionate moniker of Cadillac Jimmy. Stuttgart? Tokyo? naaah. Only the hard-scrabble ground and true grit of Detroit could incubate things so iconically American as the Cadillac he drives and the Motown, blues and rock that he plays. Kicked around? Sure, a little bit. Both Cadillac and the Jimmy that shares the brand have seen their portion of hard knocks, tough times. But real cars like real people don’t quit. They know what really counts – being the best there is and in exchange enjoying the adulation of those that care deeply about them. Sure, Caddy’s have their enthusiasts, and any car club will geek like hell over a ’59 Eldo, but a Cadillac Jimmy bass line? not even full sticker price can buy you that – it can only be found when he weaves his magic with the JRT.

Polar Jazz Vortex – well at least slightly twisted…

That was some crazy Kelvinating cold and snow. Had to shovel my roof. My roof for cryin out loud. But I stand by my record: fell 4 times and not a single fatality.

Safety third I always say.

It was so cold. It was so cold I had to cut up the piano for firewood. Got two chords out of it. It was so cold even the groove seemed a little stiff. I tell ya, it was so cold my favorite cocktail is now coffee. No respect at all for this cold – it was so cold my wife resorted to giving me the regular shoulder. Saw the symphony last week, so cold that the guy in front with the little stick was super-conducting. I mean it was cold, man. Our drummer took some voltage when he swapped out his drum mat for an electric blanket.

Well anyways… keep in touch via email, find us on facebook, or at www.jryantrio.com. Not enough? There’s also Instagram and Reverbnation. Best of all, say ‘hi’ in person during any of our upcoming sets – details below.

Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy

218 N Water St, Milwaukee

(but enter via the alley off Chicago Ave)

414-221-6565

www.bugsysbackalleysaloon.com

Saturday Feb 16

9pm – 1am

The Original Trio (the OT) appears at Bugsy’s backing our fabulous Alissa on vocals. I look forward to third Saturdays of the month with good, good reason.

Caroline’s Jazz Club

401 S 2nd Street

414-221-9444

www.facebook.com/CarolinesJazzClub

Thursday Feb 21

8:30pm – 11:30pm

This time at Carolines: we deploy… all the Daves. But but… certainly that will rip the very fabric of musical space-time! I don’t care – to heck with parliamentary procedure – deploy All… The… Daves. It’s our friend Dave on drums and other fabulous Dave on bass – don’t miss out on what promises to be a solidly grooving and hugely confusing experience.

Ally’s Bistro

N72 W13350 Lund Ln, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

allysbistro.com

262-251-9727

Friday March 1

8pm – 10pm

For all those asking when the JRT can be found in the western suburbs: We are so very excited to bring our unique high energy sound and shenanigans to Ally’s Bistro – on the northwest corner of where Appleton Ave meets Good Hope in Menomonee Falls. Ally’s features truly amazing food and drink in a relaxed family friendly atmosphere. Their support of live jazz in our community bumps their flight level to Stratospheric. Please do stop out and enjoy.

Much love to you all for supporting our music and charity mission – stay frosty….