Local jazz musicians part of music series lineup

By:  Laura Schulte with Wausau Daily Herald

The newest music venue in downtown Wausau will finally be put to use this summer. 

Jazz on the River will kick off on July 9, using the portable stage installed this spring in the plaza behind the Marathon County Public Library. The series will feature a different musician or group every Sunday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each concert is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, tables and picnics to enjoy while listening to music. The concert series is a project of the Wausau River District, in partnership with the River Valley Jazz Society. 

The Jazz on the River series was inspired by Denise Sauter, a local jazz singer who is involved with the River Valley Jazz Society, according to a press release from the Wausau River District. Sauter saw the potential in the library plaza and sparked a collaboration with the River District, which funded the stage with grants. The stage cost $12,950. 

Sauter worked in conjunction with the River Valley Jazz Association to select the lineup of local jazz musicians to play throughout the summer months. Here's who you can expect to find playing music at the stage summer Sunday evenings: 

July 9: John Grier's Swing Shift Big Band

July 16: Jazz Central Voices

July 23: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point faculty quintet

July 30: Christine Salerno & Ziji

Aug. 6: Janet Planet

Aug. 13: Omnos Quintet

Aug. 20: Denise Sauter

Aug. 27: Tim Buchholz

For more information about the Jazz on the River series or the River Valley Jazz Society, visit www.rivervalleyjazz.org