Milwaukee Magazine is once again thrilled to be partnering with East Town’s annual event series: Jazz in the Park. Check back every week for a preview of the event’s feature band. See all of our Jazz in the Park previews here.
June 13: Bill Bonifas Electric Band
Jazz in the Park continues this week from 5 to 9 p.m. at Cathedral Square Park with the Bill Bonifas Electric Band on June 13. Milwaukee’s own Bonifas is an accomplished jazz guitarist and Jazz in the Park favorite who has been playing for over 50 years.
Besides Bill, the ensemble includes Theo Merriweather on keyboards, Eric Hervey on bass, Dave Bayles on drums, and Milwaukeean Eric Jacobson on trumpet.
Bonifas got his start in rock, then dabbled in fusion and now is a straight jazz musician. He’s played Jazz in the Park many times over the years, with his own bands and as a featured player. Bonifas has toured, recorded albums and jammed with the best, all while running a real estate company here in Milwaukee. Check out the video below to see Bonifas’ 2017 Jazz in the Park performance with Grammy award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch.
You can also find the complete 2019 summer Jazz in the Park lineup here.