"…well played...very good hard-bop-oriented performer...Curt Hanrahan plays flexible, dark-toned tenor.”
"...Hanrahan’ blowing urgent tenor, is grounded in hard bop.”
"One-take recordings explore tradition while maintaining joyful originality."
KBUT Community Radio
"Here’s a group on a mission: let’s take some old jazz and pop songs and make them swing, really swing!"
"...a crew of Milwaukee jazzbos through a delightfully mixed big band program, they hit it right out of the box with a swinging, commercial energy that's inclusive and invites everyone into the tent---particularly if they want to hear some killer blowing, all home grown and away from the beaten path. High octane, high energy and a high old grand time. Well done."
Midwest Jazz Record
The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, led by saxophonist and educator Curt Hanrahan is an A-list roster of Milwaukee musicians who not only swing their behinds off, they have something original to say by way of performances that are a perfect balance of classic and contemporary standards and originals that are swinging, soulful, traditional and cutting-edge.
The benevolence of Woody Herman as the leader of a Big Band for over 50 years and the historical importance of the jazz produced from this great Orchestra is the mission of The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra
Released in 2017 on the Chicago based Blujazz label, Welcome to Swingsville! is The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra's debut CD featuring seven live and unrehearsed standards by Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Gil Evans to name a few and originals by Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra members Curt Hanarahan Steve Lewandowski.
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