Composition featured in "Deep Woods"

A composition of mine was recently placed in the full-length feature film, "Deep Woods". It was premiered at the Milwaukee Film Festival, and featured at the Wyoming Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival, and the Norway Action Film Festival. The movie is now out and released on Video-on-demand/streaming services such as: Amazon, Apple iTunes, Google Play, Microsoft, Vudu, iN Demand, AT&T, Vubiquity, DirecTV and Dish. You'll hear my piece "Song to a Rose" roughly 5-6 minutes in as background music during a dinner party scene. It was very cool to be a part of this fantastic locally-produced project. I hope you'll check it out!

view the trailer

"The hunter becomes the game when a successful architect wanders off-trail while grouse hunting and is pursued into the treacherous deep wilderness by menacing members of a ruthless drug cartel."

Writer/Director: Steve Laughlin
Producer: Jeffrey Kurz
Starring: Jilon VanOver, Eddie Spears and Tony Denison

link to the album


The Third Story podcast interview

I was recently interviewed for Leo Sidran's wonderful podcast, The Third Story.
Listen here –– episode: "The Ones That Got Away, 2022 Holiday Edition"

I have been a big fan of The Third Story for quite some time - if you haven't checked it out before, do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Leo has been producing these wonderful long form interviews for a number of years. The Third Story was recently and deservingly added to the roster at the mighty WBGO in Newark/NYC (88.3FM in the greater metro-NYC area), the beaming bastien of American art in the world's cultural center. Each episode is well-produced, smart, thoroughly researched, and absolutely entertaining. While all of the episodes are fantastic, here are a few of my favorite past interviews I've revisited numerous times:

Episode 2 - Michael Leonhart | Episode 44 - Dave King | Episode 52 - Larry Goldings
Episode 59 - Kurt Elling | Episode 79 - Mob Town Tour, Vol. 3 - Is Jazz Still Regional?
Episode 122 - Kassa Overall | Episode 129 - Donald Fagen  | Episode 164 - Jason Moran
Episode 172 - Philip Dizack

Leo Sidran, Ben Sidran, JB


Practice Room / September 2022

music /
NIGHT DREAMER / Wayne Shorter
COMMON PRACTICE / Ethan Iverson feat. Tom Harrell
SING ME A SONG OF SONGMY / Freddie Hubbard

podcasts /
THIRD STORY with Leo Sidran

reading /
STATION ELEVEN / Emily St John Mandel

art & design /

TV & film /


KASE, Season Two: Full Bloom

Purchase HERE

Imagine the journey of intentionally finding joy
every single day
sifting through all the shit
to intentionally find joy
every single day
like, how do you do that?
how do you empty your mind?
to just focus on that single, solitary piece of joy
it's a choice, right?
a decision that has to be made
to be at peace
to do what you love
to manifest this beautiful vision
that you, only you behold
it's like a seed, right?
what if we all planted one seed,
of one single piece of joy
that we would experience every day
what would our gardens look like?
how would our hearts feel?
it could be so simple as
greeting each other
or smiling
offering a word of encouragement
a little piece of kindness
a "go ahead you can do it!"
you can do it do it!
and do it every day
finding joy
intentionally on purpose
in the same way we find discomfort
in somebody cutting us off in traffic, or
that little piece of trash on the side of the road, or
the way that once person looked at you that one day a long time ago, or
or you could find joy
or you could intentionally find joy
like, what would happen right now if you
intentionally cracked a smile?
cuz you're digging this vibe right now
what would happen?
if you intentionally, everyday
it could be something as simple as making up your bed with all 15 pillows
making breakfast
or making that call to somebody that you missed
that you just wanted to hear the sound of their voice
i mean
you might find joy in that break of sun on a rainy day
in that glimpse of light
you might find joy in hearing from your sister
that its all going to be alright
intentionally finding joy
sifting through the shitstorm that life be bringing sometimes
but something good happens everyday
just as frequently as what we perceive as bad
I am finding joy
everyday that I have life

-Tiffany Miller

(Photo Old Man Malcolm)

released September 2, 2022

JAMIE BREIWICK: trumpet & electronics
JOHN CHRISTENSEN: upright bass
JORDAN LEE: turntables & electronics
*special guest TIFFANY MILLER: spoken word (S2E3)

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by JORDAN LEE
Photography by ANDREW TRIM
Design by JAMIE BREIWICK, B Side Graphics

Episodes 1-4, 6, 7 recorded live at SAINT KATE ARTS HOTEL
Episodes 5, 8 recorded live at THE JAZZ ESTATE
Milwaukee, WI

All music by Jamie Breiwick, John Christensen, and Jordan Lee.
Words by Tiffany Miller


Practice Room / April 2022

*header photo by Spencer Porter

music /
I,I / Bon Iver
FORFOLKS / Jeff Parker
EVERY NOTE IS TRUE / Ethan Iverson

podcasts /
BY EVERY MEASURE / Tarik Moody & Radio Milwaukee

reading /
THE COLOR OF LAW  / Richard Rothstein
DILLA TIME / Dan Charnas
CHARLES IVES: MEMOS / John Kirkpatrick

art & design /

TV & film /
ROGER & ME / Michael Moore
100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS / BBC documentary

The Jewel

Out 12/17/21 on Ropedope Records
Liner notes by Kevin Lynch

There are a thousand stories in the naked city. Yeah, New York. A fast-maturing musician from the heartland braves the forbidding shadows of Manhattan skyscrapers, showing up at a small Upper West Side hangout, The Dead Poet, which also books live music. The Big Apple competition is fierce, so it's their loss for those music fans who missed this, a deep draft of Wisconsin jazz brew.

Highly-accomplished Wisconsin-based trumpeter Jamie Breiwick is also a gifted graphic designer, which actually opened the door to this live recording. A few years back, he designed the cover for drummer-composer Matt Wilson's Carl Sandburg-inspired Palmetto album Honey and Salt. Wilson had played with Breiwick before, so when the call came for this recorded gig, the celebrated New York jazz veteran gladly complied. However, The Dead Poet is a cozy space, so Wilson brought along no more than his snare drum and ride cymbal. That was plenty, with his resourcefulness and talent, and the gifts of Breiwick and bassist John Tate.

The album ranges impressively across the modern jazz spectrum of composers, but it opens with Breiwick’s title tune, a finely burnished contemplation of a jewel of radiant yet shadowed significance. A stone earth-borne as a field holler yet multi-faceted, able to dazzle, perhaps the jazz tradition itself symbolized? Jamie’s solo heats up with shades of probing textures while still honoring the inspiring talisman. He follows with a jaunty take on Ornette Coleman’s, “Dee Dee,” which shows his mastery of an outre repertoire, as he’s done in full concerts of Coleman music.

Pharaoh Sanders' "Greetings to Idris" is an unearthed gem raised to the light of day by Breiwick and company. Next up is Carla Bley’s “Lawns,” a warm, reflective tune that feels like rolling-in-the-grass pastoral reverie. Guest saxophonist Adam Larson solos with a gruff Rollins-like amiability. Wilson dances on his mini-kit a la Ed Blackwell, and finally a supple counterpoint between the horns. From easy, down-home earthiness we blast into the stratosphere with Sun Ra’s majestically searching “Love in Outer Space.”

Breiwick returns home with a tune by a former Wisconsin resident, pianist Buddy Montgomery. “Ties of Love” engages romance with entwining purpose and assurance. The deft swing boosts an open-armed rhythmic dance over a circling, modern motion. Monk is another “home base” for Breiwick, so “Off-Minor” closes, with all the cockeyed savvy that’s become its own art form.

The Jewel epitomizes the empowering geniality of an artist of uncommon intellectual curiosity and courage, fearlessly forging from naked city shadows to sunlight.

Kevin Lynch has written for Down Beat, Coda, The Chicago Tribune, The Milwaukee Journal and blogs at Culture Currents (Vernaculars Speak).

special guest
ADAM LARSON, tenor saxophone on "Lawns" & "Greetings to Idris"

Recorded Live at The Dead Poet, July 31, 2018
New York City, New York
Produced by Andrew Neesley
Engineered & mixed by Aaron Bastinelli for Fun Sound Studios
Mastered by Michelle Mancini for Demifugue Mastering
Photography by Leo Moscaro
Designed by Jamie Breiwick

Thank you to my family, Jessica, Nathan, Jack, Nolan, and Eliza, and especially Andrew Neesley for the friendship, trust and support. Without you, Andy, this record would not have happened! Thank you to Matt, John and Adam for the friendship and the music. Spaceheater lives!


KASE "Pop Art"

This was the first time we made music together as KASE. The recording is extremely noisy, raw and unpolished – but it is a glimpse into the beginning of an almost two-year residency, ultimately shut down by the pandemic. You can tell we are not only "feeling it out" but also and most definitely feeling "it". I found these forgotten files on an old hard drive, and while not quite "studio quality" or maybe even "releasable" quality, I decided to just slide this one out there without too much ballyhoo. Why not? I couldn't think of a reason not to.

The SCENE: is The Highbury Pub in Bay View, WI. It is a cozy neighborhood haunt nestled amongst a number of restaurants, comic book shops, diners, wig stores and other Bay View oddities. If NYC has the Village or Chicago has Wicker Park, Milwaukee has Bay View – like those other places but smaller and grittier, probably drunker. As is typical of Wisconsin in the winter, the bar slowly filled in and got heated up as the night carried on. The tall windows steamed and dripped with condensation. In this setting we got the sense that experimentation was OK, simultaneously inside and outside the cultural mainstream. That's the point. Hip, without the 'ster. The crowd was mostly neighborhood folks, a few friends, and maybe a dog or two. Some were there for the music, some were there for the beer, some didn't know why they were there. A crowd in the back shouted "Suuuuuuuper Bowl!!!!", oddly in unison. They were most likely oblivious to the music being made. But that's ok. The overly massive painting of A Tribe Called Quest's "Low End Theory" cover faces the band and provided a steady reminder. By the end of the night, we were all friends.

The MUSIC: it developed through many twists and turns and obstacles and glitches and uncertainties over the course of the night. You can sense a direction forming and taking shape, as if being directed by gravity to a common point. knowsthetime (Ian Carroll) orchestrated the rhythms, textures and forms like a master conductor – all ears and reflexes. Ready to pivot and move in any direction or all directions at any time – all the time. Now's the time. He's not just a DJ, he's a drummer, a designer, a composer, a musician. John started the night out on electric bass, but quickly ditched it for the comfort, familiarity, depth, power and history of the upright bass... guttural, ancient and modern. Creatures of creativity exploring the space. For some reason, I brought a larger than normal setup: my trumpet run through a well-worn and squeaky Dunlop "Crybaby" pedal, a DOD delay and a 70's Fender Twin Reverb – more of a guitar setup. Like Miles, Hendrix is an early and important influence on me; not on my trumpet playing necessarily, but deep in my musical DNA.

KASE is an outlet for expression, an outlet for friendship, an outlet for us to be ourselves.

“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
― Andy Warhol


released March 1, 2021

Jamie Breiwick, trumpet/effects
John Christensen, upright bass
knowsthetime, turntables/ableton

recorded by Bryan Mir
Live at The Highbury Pub
Milwaukee, WI
Feb 24, 2018

All compositions by Breiwick, Carroll, Christensen
Cover photo by Jamie Breiwick
Artwork by Jamie Breiwick

© 2021 B Side Recordings.

Practice Room / Dec 2020

listening /
FORWARD / Chad McCullough
MIXING COLORS / Roger and Brian Eno

reading /
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME  / Ta-nehisi Coates
TO BE OR NOT TO BOP / Dizzy Gillespie
GO AHEAD IN THE RAIN: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest / Hanif Abdurraqib
CULTURE IS NOT ALWAYS POPULAR / Michael Bierut & Jessica Helfand
ARTWORK / Virgil Abloh

art & design /
Dechazier Pykel
Richard Neutra
Pierre Soulages
Julian Montague

B Side Recordings

I am excited to announce the launch of 'B Side Recordings'! B Side will be the primary outlet through which I will be releasing my own music. It was a decision I came to as a result of being left to my own devices during the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine. I am restless, musically and otherwise. I am also an incorrigible introvert and love being left inside my own head to ponder, wonder and wander. There were many sources of inspiration +models +templates for starting my own "label". I am just going to jump in, head first

There will be two components (1) the B Side main catalog consisting of full albums and singles and (2) the B Side Bootleg Series, all of which are housed at masterfully built by John Christensen Web Design.

At the moment, the back catalogue is available, plus the most recent addition of the "Brothers on a Hotel Bed" single from 2010. There will be a whole slew of upcoming releases including new singles, a KASE cassette, new bootlegs, and more!

I appreciate you following along this journey and stay tuned!

"B SIde Recordings was created to support the release of my original material, regardless of style or genre and without concern for the hustle and bustle of the modern music industry. B Side is simply me sharing my ideas with the world."

Awake / the music of Don Cherry

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“Don Cherry’s music has been left in the more than capable hands of Jamie Breiwick as he delivers a touching tribute to Cherry’s monumental achievements.”-Imran Mirza, UK Vibe

"Awake/The Music of Don Cherry" hopefully will push younger listeners to discover the work of Don Cherry (1936-1995) as well as discover the impressive recordings of Jamie Breiwick.‬‪-Richard B Kamims‬, Step Tempest“

This is an excellent evocation of Don Cherry's spirit, as well as a demonstration of the communication that a trumpet trio can achieve.”-Mark Sullivan, All About Jazz

"On Awake, Breiwick has a little more space to work with, and rather than rushing to fill it, he patiently works his way through gently melodic passages and giddy ripples."-Scott Gordon, Tone Madison

"Then “Brown Rice” grounds us ingeniously with a lumbering bass and uncanny trumpet sounds, almost like a serpentine specter emerging from a rice paddy. Throughout this album, a winged reincarnation – unfettered yet purposive, loving life – pushes the music into earthly fecundity, even as it flies."-Kevin Lynch, Shepherd Express

“Yep, a white cat from semi rural Wisconsin can lead a trumpet trio on the works of Don Cherry and have nothing to apologize for. A wonderful note perfect set that captures the hell raiser on the money throughout, this is a fun set that doesn't let you down or leave you feeling ‘if only he...". A solid work out by a real pro, lefty jazzbos ought to do themselves a favor and check this out.”-Chris Spector, Midwest Record


liner notes:

One of the most important qualities that a practitioner of artistic endeavors can possess is that of curiosity. The spark that impels one to see what’s out there, to find out and to know more is much the same as that impulse that sets the artist on the pathway towards creation.

This sort of inquisitiveness is a quality that Jamie Breiwick shares with the subject of his musical investigations on this recording, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry. For the peripatetic Cherry, upending the jazz trumpet tradition as musical co-conspirator in Ornette Coleman’s revolutionary quartet was only the beginning of a wide ranging and well traveled arc of discovery; his explorations resulted in an incredible body of genre-defying music that influenced not only jazz musicians but creators in every corner of the music world. Breiwick has been an intrepid explorer in his own sphere, conducting heartfelt and knowing investigations of the intersection where classic jazz vocabulary and contemporary sensibility meet in band projects such as the Lesser Lakes Trio, as well as most convincingly essaying the music of such an iconic figure as Thelonious Monk in his Dreamland project.

Awake, devoted to the compositions of Don Cherry, is another such accomplished foray by Breiwick. In a program that includes both cherished favorites from the Cherry “songbook” such as Art Deco and lesser-known (but no less influential) works such as Brown Rice, Jamie abundantly exhibits the depth of his understanding of Cherry’s music even as he showcases his exuberant skill and creativity as an improvisor. His command of the the jazz trumpet continuum, from vocabulary-based specificity to the gestural and illusive approach pioneered by Cherry, is comprehensive, organic, and swinging! The imaginative treatment of Cherry’s work by Jamie, in the company of the excellent bass/drums duo of Tim Ipsen and Devin Drobka, similarly shows Jamie’s desire to make fresh, non-cliched music using the full range of what he hears and likes.

Whenever I’m in my hometown of Milwaukee, I make it a point to seek out Jamie on one of his gigs, and each time afresh I marvel at how much music he knows, how well he plays, and how dang enjoyable it is to listen to him. Listening to this album, a most worthy addition to his expanding recorded oeveure, pleasantly reminds me of the brilliance of this estimable musician’s work. I invite you to listen to the music of Awake and enjoy its many splendors, as a prelude to a continuing engagement with the art of this important voice from the heartland.

- Brian Lynch, 2019

All compositions by Don Cherry, Unart Music Corporation (BMI) except for "Race Face" by Ornette Coleman, Contemporary Music (BMI)
Recorded May 31, 2019 at Clown Horn Studios
Engineered by Devin Drobka
Mixed by Daniel Holter at Wire & Vice / Milwaukee, WI
Mastered by Brian Schwab / Chicago, IL
Cover painting "Atmosphere" by Jeff Redmon 


released October 18, 2019
Jamie Breiwick - trumpet, pocket trumpet
Tim Ipsen - bass
Devin Drobka - drums

Header image - Don Cherry with his cornet during the recording session for his Where is Brooklyn album. November 11, 1966. © Francis Wolff