The GIL Jazz Combo
Love of great music for great people
MILWAUKEE // CHICAGO // MINNEAPOLIS
We are a collaboration of well-known musicians and friends, who came together in 2019, to bring great music to people. Our playlist ranges from Ellington to Santana, and we bring a fresh take on the jazz standards that we all know and love. Like our name suggests, we bring the Genius of great writers, add Improvisations of our players, and share a Love of making great music with and for great people.
Band Leader, Trumpet, Vocals
Joel is a band leader, Monette trumpet player and vocalist from Chicago, currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Joel’s love of music came from his father, Gil Lehman, a trumpet player and band leader in Chicago. Gil travelled through the area in the 50’s and 60’s prior to taking the band director position at Wheaton North High School, where he is honored by an annual scholarship in his name. In addition to his dad, Joel’s trumpet influences are Miles Davis and Chuck Mangione, with additional inspiration by Chet Baker, both instrumentally and vocally.
Dan is a staple of the Milwaukee jazz, blues and funk scenes, and is a regular at the estate. He performs and collaborates with his organ jazz group, B3Groove, and a variety of jazz, funk, and blues musicians. His passion for jazz organ was fueled by his great-grandmother, an amputee who -played basslines and controlled the volume pedal with one leg. Aside from the complex mechanics, it was love at first sound for Dan, when he heard the versatility of the vintage Hammond organ and dynamic Leslie speaker combination.
Joe has played all over the world with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has shared the stage, and many friendships with the world's greatest musicians. He played drums for the Pops, including under Doc Severenson and Marvin Hamlisch. Joe graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and was part of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Band playing D.C. functions including the White House.