Singer, Jerry Grillo, will be performing this evening with songs about love, life, and relationships. His band will consist of Neal Charles, Arrangements and Keyboard, Bill Martin, Guitar, and Omar on Drums.
Mr. Grillo's career in jazz spans 25 years, with appearances around the country and in Europe. His big band recording of Sinatra and Darin tunes resulted in those exact comparisons. He is the unofficial Sinatra of Milwaukee, the honor of which has accorded him many city-wide festival, club, and corporate appearances for the last 25 years. He studied jazz vocal with Blue Note recording artist, Jackie Allen, who also produced his first album.
Cocktail Service Begins at 5pm
Live Music Begins at 8pm
$5 Door Charge
Mr. Grillo grew up in the migrant, iron-mining town of Hibbing, Minnesota...a classmate of Bob Dylan...and has most recently been compared to Tony Bennett.
Jerry has recorded twelve albums to date. He has recorded with the finest Midwest musicians, but is particularly proud of his album, «Goody For You,» with the Lynne Arriale Trio, his duo album with Barry Velleman, «What's It All About,»? and his orchestra recording with the Nick Contorno Orchestra, featuring original Frank Sinatra arrangements. His music is played all over the world on jazz radio and every digital platform. His albums are available @ amazon.com and CD Baby.com
His latest album is entitled, «Songs For Angelo,» with two original songs written with John Hefter. Jerry also wrote «Lonely,» with Roe Fosco, which charted on the Billboard top 100. Minneapple Records recently signed him for a new arrangement of his latest composition, «The Girl I Thought I Knew,» and a 2018 Christmas release, featuring another original.
His collection of poems, «Hiding Place,» is an anti-bullying work, and has just been published. Jerry is working with GAB, Milwaukee, an anti-bullying organization.
Jerry received the WAMI award for Best Jazz Artist in 2011, and was nominated in the same category in 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Grillo was an educator with MPS for 33 years, and is also a painter, actor, model, and writer. His leads in Broadway theatre have given him an even larger following, along with his 8-year band career with «Sweet Earth,» for which he was lead vocal. His paintings have been shown at Marquette University and the H2o Gallery. Mr. Grillo modeled for the Arlene Wilson Agency in the 80's, and predominantly worked for Boston Store.
His jazz career is a young 25 years old, but he has sung professionally since the age of five. His performances have taken him around the country, and to England, France, and Italy. He has played for every festival in the Milwaukee area, including many appearances at Summerfest, and all jazz venues in Milwaukee and Chicago.
2018 will mark Mr. Grillo's 50th anniversary as an entertainer. He has appeared at the Jazz Estate off and on since 1992.
For more about his life, art, and music, go to jerrygrillo.com
Jerry's Press Kit contains reviews and articles from various jazz publications and newspapers too numerous to mention here.