2015

June 15, 16, 17, 18, 19: VANDERCOOK UNIVERSITY, Chicago, Illinois. M-R: 8am - 5pm and F: 8am - 3:30pm   Jack with drummer Bret Kuhn, bassist Stacy Williams-Jackson and pianist Anthony Kidonakis teach the 3 credit graduate course "Creating an Exciting Rhythm Section" for school music teachers.  These credits can be used towards obtaining your masters or doctorate degrees. Open enrollment. This course is offered in summer every two years.   www.vandercook.edu/programs/MECA6113

June 22: BENEFIT CONCERT FOR AL WHITE, Potowatomi Casino Concert Hall, Milwaukee, WI. 7-10pm. 

Jack with Jill Jensen and many others including Eddie Butts, Ernie Adams, Jeff Stoll, and Red Deacon.  Jack will also play bass with Paul Patterson.

June 25: MUSIC AND MORE CONCERT SERIES, First Presbyterian Church, Racine, WI. Noon-1pm. 7th and College Avenue. Opening the concert will be Eric Carlson at noon. Jack with Jill Jensen follow at 12:30pm. Free concert and free parking. CDs will be on sale at both entrances. Half of the proceeds from CD sales will be donated to the church.

July 4: private party

July 8: CIN'S CHAT CORNER, BLOG TALK RADIO, 4pm DJ and Interviewer Cindy Mich interviews Jack and Jill.      Tune in here:     http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cins-chat-corner    (This is 4pm "central standard day light saving time" in Wisconsin in the United States)

July 11: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RACINE MARKET CONCERT, Racine, WI. 8:30-11:30am: Jack and Jill entertain on the main stage at this wonderful Saturday morning market which features fresh farm produce, bakery, plants, flowers, arts and crafts. Free parking in the adjoining lot between The Yardarm and the market in historic downtown next to the river. Bring a chair and stay awhile. 920 Erie Street, Racine Wisconsin 53402.

August 8: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RACINE MARKET CONCERT, Racine, WI. 8:30-11:30am: Jack and Jill entertain on the main stage at this wonderful Saturday morning market which features fresh farm produce, bakery, plants, flowers, arts and crafts. Free parking in the adjoining lot between The Yardarm and the market in historic downtown next to the river. Bring a chair and stay awhile. 920 Erie Street, Racine Wisconsin 53402.

August 10: THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY CENTER, Milwaukee, WI. 6:30-9pm: Free concert open to the public! Jack with vocalist Jill Jensen and a special guest - saxophone virtuoso Johnny Padilla. Free parking in huge lot. No stairs. We play inside in the ballroom if it rains, outside in the courtyard if the weather is nice. The location is near the Summerfest grounds. The address is 631 East Chicago Street, 53202. Call 414 223 2800 for reservations. As you would expect, the Italian food and service is wonderful here. Come hungry.

August 13: THE SHARON LYNN WILSON CENTER GUITAR FESTIVAL, Brookfield, WI.  Jack will adjudicate the competition following which from 3 to 5 he will present "THE INNOVATIONS OF LES PAUL" demonstrating overdubbing techniques, listening to vintage Les Paul recordings and answering questions.

August 15: GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL 1975 CLASS REUNION, Milwaukee, WI. Jack and Jill play for the reception preceeding a DJ for dancing.

August 23: SABER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, Franklin, WI.  2pm. Jack plays banjo with the Southwestern Suburban Symphony Orchestra on George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.  

September 4: THE MILWAUKEE COUNTY ZOO CONCERT STAGE, Milwaukee, WI. 2pm. Jack plays bass with The Jim Madritch Jazz Quintet - Kaye Berigan-trumpet, Kurt Hanrahan-saxophone, Jack Carr-drums and Jim Madritch-guitar.   Open to the public.

September 6: private party

September 12: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RACINE MARKET CONCERT, Racine, WI. 8:30-11:30am: Jack and Jill entertain on the main stage at this wonderful Saturday morning market which features fresh farm produce, bakery, plants, flowers, arts and crafts. Free parking in the adjoining lot between The Yardarm and the market in historic downtown next to the river. Bring a chair and stay awhile. 920 Erie Street, Racine Wisconsin 53402.

October 10: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RACINE MARKET CONCERT, Racine, WI. 8:30-11:30am: Jack and Jill entertain on the main stage at this wonderful Saturday morning market which features farm fresh produce, bakery, plants, flowers, arts and crafts. Free parking in the adjoining lot between The Yardarm and the market in historic downtown next to the river. Bring a chair and stay awhile. 920 Erie Street, Racine Wisconsin 53402.

October 14: THE YARDARM, Racine, WI. 6:30-10:30:  Jack and Jill entertain at this great 2nd generation family owned restaurant / bar next to the boat yard in downtown. Jack has been playing here for 30 years, 17 of them with Jill !    930 Erie Street. 53403.  yardarmbargrill.com

November 13: private party

December 16: THE YARDARM, Racine, WI. 6:30-10:30: Jack and Jill entertain at this great 2nd generation family owned restaurant / bar next to the boat yard in downtown. Jack has been playing here for 30 years, 17 of them with Jill !    930 Erie Street. 53403.  yardarmbargrill.com

2016

January 3 - March 1: THE 16th ANNUAL MEXICO TOUR, Isla Mujeres / Cancun, MX: This year's 8 weeks of concert dates will be anounced here as soon as they become available.  To schedule a lesson with Jack in Mexico, contact him at a gig or use email:  jackgrassel@jackgrassel.com  To schedule a lesson with Jill, contact her at her gigs or use email:  jilljensen@jilljensen.com   Jack and Jill will have their CDs available at gigs. 

March 10: private party

May 7: JACK AND JILL IN CONCERT WITH THE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY, Racine, WI 7:00pm. Jack and Jill with a 72 voice male / female chorus.   Jack will play guitar, mandolin, bass, pianica, accordion and sing with Jill and the chorus.    Jill will sing unaccompanied, with the chorus and with Jack. Pianist Jim Sodke will provide solo piano in the bar before and after the concert and during intermission.

The concert will be in the EAA Museum at the Batten Airport.   3333 N. Green Bay Rd. 53404.

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EL GUITARISTAS QUATRO - (The Four Guitarists) Jack, Guillermo Espinasse, Fabio Armarolli, and Gustavo Miranda relax backstage after a concert at POC-NA in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, January 12, 2012. They're smiling because they just finished covering the island and each other with thousands of notes.

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November 1:  THE PIGGLY WIGGLY COFFEE SHOP AND GROCERY (main stage) Racine, WI. noon - 3pm.  This is the best food store in Racine.  Now you can have fun, eat lunch at the salad bar, drink quality coffee, shop and listen to Jack and Jill all at the same time.  Enjoy food samples around the store as you shop. Fresh orange and grapefruit juices squeezed daily. There are unique locally produced food items and comprehensive cold beer selections in this family owned super store.  Easy parking near the door. There are tables and chairs for eating and listening by the stage next to the deli section. 

5201 Washington Avenue, 52406

December 12: THE SUMMIT RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE, Mount Pleasant, WI. 6-10pm Jack plays his triple neck and pianica with vocalist Jill Jensen.  6825 Washington Avenue which is really Highway 20.  Take the Highway 20 exit on I-94 and go east about 4 miles. Free parking in giant parking lot - no stairs.  Call 262 886 9866 for dinner reservations.

December 13: THE TWISTED CORK, Muskego, WI 7:30-10:30pm.  Jack and Jill in a small romantic classy listening and wine drinking and sampling lounge. Free parking in lot and on road. The north-east corner of Parkland Drive and Janesville Road.  262 895 9164.

October 25:  THE PIGGLY WIGGLY COFFEE SHOP AND GROCERY. Racine, WI. noon - 3pm.  This is the best grocery super store in Racine.  Now you can have fun, eat lunch at the salad bar, drink quality coffee, shop and listen to Jack and Jill all at the same time.  Enjoy food samples around the store as you shop. Fresh orange and grapefruit juices squeezed daily. There are unique locally produced food items in this family owned super store.  Easy parking near the door. There are tables and chairs for eating and listening in front of the stage which is near the deli section.  5201 Washington Avenue, 52406

October 19: private party

September 28: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RACINE MARKET CONCERT, Racine, WI. 8:30-11:30am: Jack and Jill entertain on the main stage at this wonderful Saturday morning market which features fresh produce, bakery, plants, flowers, arts and crafts. Free parking in the adjoining lot between The Yardarm and the market in historic downtown next to the river. Bring a chair and stay awhile. 920 Erie Street, Racine Wisconsin 53402.

September 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: WGTD RADIO, Mid-Day News, Noon - 12:30pm: DJ Dave McGrath will feature a track from one of the four CDs Jack did with vocalist Jill Jensen after the news at 12:20. Listen online at www.wgtd.org Listen on your radio in the Kenosha Wisconsin area at 91.1 FM

July 25: MUSIC AND MORE CONCERT SERIES, First Presbyterian Church, Racine, WI. Noon-1pm. 7th and College Avenue. Opening the concert will be Jillian Bruss Florentine Opera Ensemble at noon. Jack with Jill Jensen follow at 12:30pm. Free concert and free parking. CDs will be on sale at both entrances. Half of the proceeds from CD sales will be donated to the church.

July 21: THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY CENTER, Milwaukee, WI. 6:30-9pm : Jack with vocalist Jill Jensen and a special guest artist to be announced. Free parking in huge lot. No stairs. We play inside in the ballroom if it rains, outside in the courtyard if the weather is nice. The location is near the Summerfest ground. The address is 631 East Chicago Street, 53202. Call 414 223 2800 for reservations. As you would expect, the Italian food and service is wonderful here.

THE CITY.NET CAFE, Milwaukee, WI. 3-7pm: Grand opening of drummer Sam Belton's jazz restaurant. Fine coffee drinks, smoothies, and sandwiches. Jack and vocalist Jill Jensen open the show 5-6pm followed by an evening of other fine jazz acts to celebrate Mr. Belton's latest adventure. As always, Sam's collection of fine jazz recordings will nurture your brain between live music acts. 306 North Wisconsin Avenue - a few blocks west of the Pfister Hotel. Free parking on the street or pay for parking in structures at The Pfister or on Water Street. Call 414 336 1723 for information.

September 6: CAROLINE'S JAZZ CLUB, Milwaukee, WI. 9:30pm-1am, phone: 414 221 9444. Jack playing his triple neck w/ vocalist Jill Jensen. He has been entertaining at Caroline's with various musicians for 13 years. No stairs. Free on street parking surrounding the club. Beautiful classy real jazz venue with a stage, excellent acoustics, and nice folks who are music lovers. You will be greeted at the door my writer / author Jeff Winke, served at the bar by Michael, a world class mixologist, and seated at a table by a beautiful female server. 401 South 2nd Street, 53204

September 20: THE UPTOWNER, Milwaukee, WI. The 130th Anniversary Party of this wonderful old bar. It is the longest continually running bar in the city. There will be over 10 bands providing live music all day.  Jack and Jill will play sometime in the afternoon around 3pm.  On the corner of Humboldt and North avenues.  The party is in the street which will be closed off.