This is the “home page” for the discography for my book Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland.
Listed for each chapter are recordings by the artists discussed in that chapter. For the “historical” chapters, I have selected a number of recordings that are either discussed in the book, or are representative of the artists’ work. I generally refer to the recordings by album title — LP, CD or both. But I realize that is not the way many people access or purchase music anymore. So I have made some reference to iTunes, and what is available there, although the music is listed there by album as well.
With many of the artists I interviewed for the book, I asked them for their specific favorites, or representative works that they would want people to hear. This is especially true of the subjects of Chapters 7, 8 and 9 — Seven Pianists, West Coast Players and New York Stars. But it is also true of many local artists, as you will see.
Click on any of the chapters to see discographical information for the musicians of that chapter.
If you have any questions, comments or additions to the lists (especially you artists!), please feel free to get in touch with me through the contact page.
Chapter 4 Early Milwaukee Jazz
Chapter 10 Milwaukee Mainstream
Chapter 11 Modern Jazz in Milwaukee