Nothing Funny About That

June’s in full swing – and so are we. Pop on by as you know we’d love to see you

Caroline’s Jazz Club

401 S 2nd Street


Thursday June 21

8:30pm – 11:30pm

I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Owners Paul (as in the Paul Spencer Band) and Caroline (as in the Caroline) are national treasures and the staff is the best you’ll find. It’s comfy, casual, classy and cocktail delicious. Stop in to hear the J Ryan Trio’ s musical jambalaya on Thursday and have a truly remarkable experience supporting a truly remarkable venue. For a peek behind the scenes, I don’t have video of the JRT at Carolines (yet) but I do have a clip of ole Ryan messin’ round with Paul’s crew – click here

Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy

218 N Water St

(but enter via the alley off Chicago Ave)


Saturday June 30

9pm – 1am

Summerfest schmummerfest – hit the fest and then stop by after dark to cool off at the hottest place in town. See you there.

American Legion Post 449

3245 N 124th St, Brookfield, WI 53005


Friday July 6

6:30pm – 10pm

With our long standing support for the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative, what better and more appropriate place to lay down a set of old school dance-able tunes than at the largest American Legion post in this great state of Wisconsin – the mighty 449. For all those asking us to play a set out here in the western suburbs Friday July 6 is your chance to hear us good in the neighborhood – stop on out – it’s a friendly rockin time.

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum’s Renaissance Garden

Café Sopra Mare

2220 N. Terrace Avenue


Sunday July 8

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. Interestingly Mike, Andy and I convened the first ever live JRT session at the fabulous Tusa Italian restaurant on April 28, 2012. Vocalists were shorter back then.

And now for today’s top news – because I don’t always have to try to be funny (looks notwithstanding) or witty (I’m halfway there).

A very good young friend of the trio continues her battle with cancer – recently undergoing a bone marrow transplant. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers – and thank you thank you to all those that attended the fundraiser held at the fabulous Annie’s Fountain City Cafe in sunny Fond du Lac last Friday. We were humbled to see over $1500 raised for the family. Medical bills are no joke – ain’t nothing funny about that.

Another good friend and mentor to the trio was banged up pretty seriously in an accident this last week – prayers to him as well – the Milwaukee music scene will not be at full strength until he recovers. He is one cool cat with several canines at home helping him feel better fast. Blunt force trauma – ain’t nothing funny about that.

On the happier side of the ledger, we’ve been enjoying a ‘musician exchange program’ with the good folks of the Milwaukee Blues Rock Collective. It’s like foreign exchange students but without the language barrier – because everyone speaks ‘music’. As in “hey man kick it up a half step on the ride out chorus” and “yeah that wah pedal gonna do what it do, baby” and other incomprehensible nonsense. Feel free to check out the MBRC at their facebook page. These cats are no-joke.

I also noted that our online videos are old enough to be featured on MeTV. So please do satiate your curiosity and show some love to the youtube links below – all filmed at Bugsy’s Backalley Speakeasy with my lovely Heather lending a ‘Blair Witch’ vibe to the camera work.

When Loves Comes to Town (BB King)

What I Say (Ray Charles)