June 6, 2021 – Jazz in the Park

Date: June 6, 2021
Showtime: 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Free Admission
Location: Thiensville Village Park

12:00pm – 1:30pm - Chris Hanson Band featuring Robin Pluer
1:30pm – 2:00pm – Set change
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Lou Menchaca’s Jazz Express Plus – set 1
3:00pm – 3:15pm – Intermission
3:15pm – 4:15pm - Lou Menchaca’s Jazz Express Plus – set 2
4:15pm – 4:45pm – Set change
4:45pm – 5:45pm – Myles Hayes Quartet – set 1
5:45pm – 6:00pm – Intermission
6:00pm – 7:00pm - Myles Hayes Quartet – set 2

The Myles Hayes Quartet

Myles Hayes is a professional jazz vocalist based in Chicago, IL. Originally from Mequon, Wisconsin, he studied vocal performance at Texas Christian University, then focused his style on influences such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darren and Nat King Cole. He has performed in hundreds of venues alongside some of the best musicians in the genre, and can be found singing regularly at The Ritz Carlton, The Drake Hotel, and Soho House Chicago.

Myles has performed the National Anthem for The Chicago White Sox over 50 times, has recorded 4 full length albums and has been featured on both national television commercials and live on local morning talk shows.

As The Star-Telegram stated, Myles Hayes “brings new life to the standards of the Sinatra and Nat King Cole era by invoking his own unique style representative of a new generation of progressive jazz”

Lou Menchaca's Jazz Express Plus

For over 25 years, Lou Menchaca’s Jazz Express groups have been playing the Southeast Wisconsin areas from Mequon to Madison and Milwaukee to Green Bay. As a quartet to a big band, LJE has played public festivals, private parties, corporate events and college campuses using the “standards” jazz literature.

Personnel include some of the hardest working free-lancers and touring jazzers in the metro-Milwaukee area.

As critic Tom Wilmeth from Jazz Times states, “These cats can really read a room and Lou places all the notes at the right spots.”

The Chris Hanson Band featuring Robin Pluer

After 10 years at Milwaukee’s East side clubs Via’s and The Astor, The Chris Hanson Band has been a Milwaukee treasure bringing music lovers together to enjoy Jazz, Swing, Blues, Country and Rockabilly.

Chris Hanson - Guitar, Vocals
If you've ever watched TV you've heard Chris's music. Founder of MidCoast Music's Catalog through Warner Chappell PM Chris's compositions have been on 20/20, The Super Bowl, Sex and the City, The Sopranos and countless other shows. Growing up in Waukesha and carrying on in the tradition of Les Paul Chris loves the guitar and has produced albums for Greg Koch, John Sieger, Pat McCurdy and has led several bands of his own -The Agents, Nine Volt Jubilee and The Chris Hanson Band.

Robin Pluer - Vocals
Robin Pluer is a perennial WAMI Award winner for best female vocalist. A gifted entertainer who audiences love everywhere she performs. Robin was an original member of the R&B Cadets with Paul Cebar and John Sieger and has performed with Milwaukee's own Mrs. Fun and numerous others. Robin combines French chansons, jazz standards with contemporary songs and has been a top draw at Milwaukee's Bastille Days for years.

Glenn Asch - Violin
Glenn has been a violinist for the Milwaukee Symphony for over 30 years but his talents go deep into all music genres. From jazz, bluegrass and rock to the deepest ethnic roots found in Indian, Irish and Eastern music. Glenn beat the devil and challenges anyone to raise a bow against him ! There are no survivors.

John Parrott - Guitar, Vocals
They don't make them like this anymore. John is the rock of the band and the very definition of rhythm guitar. Playing an 18" arch top John is a drum set that plays chords. Having played for years with Jethro Burns, Chet Atkins and Chuck Hedges, John brings the authority of a player who has gigged with the best.

John Babbitt - Bass
John is one of Milwaukee's most active double bass performers having worked with Manty Ellis, Chuck Hedges and David Hazeltine. John has worked with numerous Midwest Symphonic Orchestras including Rockford, Oshkosh, Green Bay and Milwaukee's own MSO.