Biography

Curt Hanrahan holds a bachelor of music degree from UWM and a Masters degree in multiple woodwinds from University of Wisconsin, Madison

and is the head of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, teaching saxophone and directing the jazz program, a position he has held since 1990.

He co-founded the Lakeshore Conservatory of Music in Racine Wisconsin and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony and has played in the Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, Harry Connick Jr., and Frank Sinatra Jr. Orchestras.

He has also worked with artists as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, The Arturo Sandoval Big Band, Manhattan Transfer, Diane Schurr, Bobby CaldwellDoc Severinsen, Frank Sinatra Jr., Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis.

He performs regularly throughout the Milwaukee area and has performed at, Fireside Theater, Skylight Theater, and with countless national touring shows including West Side Story, Hairspray, Spamalot, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Legally Blonde, and Little Shop of Horrors.

Curt has recorded with Jack Grassel, Jan Garber, Nick Contorno, Jamie Breiwick and the contemporary jazz group Opus.

He has released has released three solo CDs; "Hang Time", and "To Be Again" and "Souljourney" on the Blujazz label.

Curt is deeply involved with expanding the Milwaukee jazz scene and has assisted developing a jazz network that has already created a draft strategic plan for creating more venues, fests, educational opportunities and fans in Milwaukee.

Cut also leds The Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, 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.