Three October jazz shows you do not want to miss

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October in Oshkosh will feature multiple nights of great jazz

World-renowned jazz royalty, innovative original jazz bands, and the spirit of Las Vegas will all hit Oshkosh in October. Here are three jazz shows you need to be at this month:

1. The Branford Marsalis Quintet @ the Howard on 10/15

The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be playing their Oshkosh debut in October, bringing more than three decades of jazz excellence and innovation to the stage at the Howard. Marsalis bears the name of jazz royalty (father Ellis and brother Wynton), and brings the best that there is in saxophone.

General admission is $50 for this seated event. Doors at 6:30pm. Additional dining options detailed at the Howard online.

2. A Night of Original Jazz at Fletch’s on 10/3

The tap house will be the center of creativity on the first Thursday in October as host to a night featuring three original jazz bands from the region. Meade Street Collective will be joined by Stuck on Blue and Natural Satellite for this month’s installment of Independent Racket Nights.

Expect to see contagious passion and masterful musicianship as the bands fill the hall with artfully crafted songs and engaging solos.

The show is free, with an early start time of 7:30pm.

3. The Songs of Frank Sinatra with Dave Halston @ the Grand 10/12

From Las Vegas to Oshkosh comes a Tribute to Frank Sinatra featuring Dave Halston and His “Little Big Band”. The night will boast a zesty lineup of Sinatra’s most popular tunes, delivered in a surprisingly authentic and natural way that singer Dave Halston has mastered. Enjoy a little attitude, swagger and good times with this show.

Tickets $32.50 – $47.50.


In addition to these stand alone shows, Oshkosh offers plenty of quality jazz offerings throughout the year, from the weekly Jazz Orgy sessions at Beckets (Wednesdays) and Fletch’s (Sundays) to the Thursday dinner piano of John Harmon at Manila Resto. Regular appearances by local legends Janet Planet, Tom Theabo and Tom Washatka are absolutely worth checking out, as are any of the ensembles that Kevin Wells, Erin Krebs or Mike Malone performs with (and this list just hits a few of the great jazz talents in the area). Make it a point to at least periodically stop in at one of these sets. Your soul will appreciate it.

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Justin R. Mitchell

Justin is the founding editor of the Oshkosh Independent.

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