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Roots of Jazz

A celebration of Jazz Music and its roots; Ragtime, Blues, and West African Drumming.

April 25; May 2 - May 9, 2022

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz also has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions.

The Roots of Jazz events are supported by a gift from the Selma and Gerald Knoepfel Memorial Fund of Winchester Academy, a fund within the Waupaca Area Community Foundation. The late Selma Knoepfel, a science teacher, and Gerald Knoepfel, a music teacher, taught in Waupaca and were part of the Waupaca community for many years. 

Roots of Jazz Celebration - Events at a glance - Scroll down for more information

  • April 25, 2022 - 6:00PM

  • Waupaca Area Public Library

  • Mini-Drama w/ music: Waupaca's Eddy Hanson's life

Charlotte Buchman Jazz Trio

  • May 1, 2022 - 11-1PM

  • Aquamos Coffee Collaborative, Waupaca

Women of Jazz

  • May 4, 2022 

  • Lawrence University students with Dr.  Encarnacion and will present a program for grade and middle school students.

  • Sponsored by the Waupaca Community Arts Board 

Limanya Drumming/Dance Ensemble

  • May 5, 2022 - 7:00-9:00PM

  • Waupaca Middle School

  • Drumming and Dance Performance

Ecumenical Service

  • May 8, 2022 - 5:00PM

  • St. Marks Episcopal Church

  • Mat Buchman Quartet

Doris Weed Painting

  • April 25, 2022 - May 9

  • Silent Auction

  • Original Painting will be auctioned during each event. 

  • May 2, 2022 - 6:30PM

  • Waupaca Area Public Library

  • Presentation by Professor Ryan Korb

Rusty Nails

  • May 4, 2022 - 5:30PM

  • Simpson's Restaurant/Bar

  • Blues Music

Bob Milne Ragtime Piano

  • May 6, 2022 - 7:00 - 9:00PM

  • Dane's Hall

  • Ragtime Piano Music

Wisconsin Jazz

  • May 9, 2022 - 6:30PM

  • Waupaca Area Public Library

  • Presentation by Dr. Kurt Dietrich

Eddy Hanson Ragtime Exhibit

  • April 25, 2022 - 7:00PM Opening Reception

  • Waupaca Area Public Library's Exhibit Room

Player Pianos

  • May 3, 2022 - 6:00PM

  • Historic Waupaca Depot

  • Lecture and demonstration with Catherine Hennessy Wolter

Ragtime Movie

  • May 5, 2022 - 1:30PM

  • Waupaca Area Public Library

  • Presentation by Dr. Jack Rhodes

Erin Krebs

  • May 7, 2022 - 7:00 - 9:00PM

  • Waupaca High School Commons

  • Jazz and Blues Music

Roots of Jazz Celebration - Events with details - Scroll down for more information


"A Durable Dane: The Eddy Hanson Story” Winchester Academy presentation

Monday - April 25, 2022 at 6:00pm
Waupaca Area Public Library, 107 S Main Street, Lower Level Meeting Rooms
YouTube Link to Recording

A master of the keyboard, a composer and musical performer, Waupaca native Eddy Hanson spent the better part of seven decades working in the entertainment world. From the penniless days in Waupaca to the top of the penthouse in Chicago his life was filled with successful adventures and personal mishaps. Through it all he remained true to his local roots and devotion to family. This presentation will follow his career and portray several of his works. The playwright and narrator is our own Patrick Phair with Linda Harmon on piano and Barb Laedtke consulting.


Doris Weed - Artwork Silent Auction

Monday - April 25 thru  Monday - May 9, 2022
Original framed artwork will be auctioned.

Doris Weed, Waupaca local, created this vibrant, original artwork depicting the Roots of Jazz. The artwork has been matted and framed and will be available for viewing at each of the Roots of Jazz events starting with the first event on April 25, 2022. Bids will be accepted until the final event on May 9, 2022 when the artwork will be awarded to the highest bidder.

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Waupaca’s Ragtime King: The Life and Music of Eddy Hanson Exhibit

Opening Reception on Monday - April 25, 2022 @ 7:00PM 
Waupaca Area Public Library, 107 S Main Street, Lower Level Exhibit Room


The Waupaca Area Public Library and the Waupaca Historical Society in support of and collaboration with Winchester Academy present the two month long exhibit which celebrates the life and musical contributions of Eddy Hanson, a local ragtime piano player, organ player and composer (1893-1986).  Exhibit is free and open during library hours, April 16th-June 4th.

Waupaca Area Public Library Exhibit Room Website

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Charlotte Buchman Jazz Trio

Sunday, May 1 @ 11AM - 1 PM
Aquamos Coffee Collaborative, 217 S Main Street, Waupaca

Jazz up your Sunday with delicious coffee and great music. Go to Aquamos Sunday, May 1, for live jazz! The Charlotte Buchman Jazz Trio will be performing from 11am-1pm.


The Roots of Jazz: A Rhythmic Perspective

Monday, May 2 @ 6:30 PM
Waupaca Area Public Library, 107 S Main Street, Lower Level Meeting Rooms
Link to recording on YouTube

Ryan Korb is lecturer of Jazz Percussion and Jazz Studies at UW-Stevens Point. Ryan will discuss why and how African percussion became one of the roots of jazz and why it remains so to this day.


Player Pianos: Bringing Music to the Masses.

Tuesday - May 3, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
Historic Waupaca Depot, 525 Oak Street, Waupaca

An evening lecture/demonstration with Catherine Hennessy Wolter, Scholar in Residence at the Department of Music and Theatre Arts at UW-Eau Claire, about the player piano and its role in bringing ragtime and jazz music into communities and homes.

Waupaca Historical Society in support of and in collaboration with Winchester Academy is sponsoring this program.

Waupaca Historical Society Website


"Women of Jazz"

Wednesday - May 4, 2022
Waupaca Middle School

Students from Lawrence University, under the direction of Dr. Jose Encarnacion.

The Waupaca Community Arts Board will join with the Winchester Academy's "Roots of Jazz" celebration and will present this participatory presentation program for elementary and middle school students lead by the three Lawrence jazz students on the history of the roots of jazz, starting with the Blues, taking students through the influential female jazz musicians in history, and demonstrating the influence on today's most popular musical styles.  Students will enjoy learning basic blues patterns through singing and participating in this engaging presentation.


For more information about the Waupaca Community Arts Board:  and Facebook/Instagram


Rusty Nails Band

Wednesday, May 4 @ 5:30 PM
Simpson's Restaurant/bar, 222 S. Main Street, Waupaca

The Rusty Nails, a musical group whose aim is the maintenance and preservation of the great American art form known as the Blues. Steve Heiner (resonator & acoustic guitars), Ben Lillge (Blues harp & upright bass) and featuring Cindy Lillge (vocals) will explore the relationship between pre-war Blues and early Jazz.  They will celebrate musicians like Blind Blake, Lonnie Johnson, and Bessie Smith who played with Jazz titans and helped shape the music.  Most of all they'll have fun reminding everyone what makes this music great. 

Cash bar and menu available. Simpson's Restaurant Website


Movie - Alexander’s Ragtime Band

Thursday, May 5 @ 1:30 PM
Waupaca Area Public Library, 107 S Main Street, Lower Level Meeting Rooms
Free - Reservations Requested via the Library - Link 

During his monthly library film series, Dr. Jack Rhodes will show and discuss the movie - Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Jack Rhodes received his PhD from The University of Texas Austin and held faculty positions at Colorado College, The University of Utah, and Miami University (OH), where he served as Chair of the Department of Communication and as Executive Director of Miami's regional campus in Hamilton, OH. While at Miami he taught a graduate class in Rhetoric of Film and has now served for several years as a seminar teacher of Film Studies at Lawrence University's Bjorklunden Campus.

Waupaca Area Public Library Website


Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble

Thursday, May 5 @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Waupaca Middle School Gerald Knoepfel Auditorium, 1149 Shoemaker Road, Waupaca

Free Ticketed Event - Limited seating - first come first seated
Tickets can be gotten at The Bookcellar, 110 Main St, 715-258-2555

Under the direction of Mandjou Mara and Maya Kadakia the Limanya Ensemble will perform traditional music and dance from Guinea and Mali, West Africa, incorporating song, dance, drumming and theatre. The Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble, based in Madison, WI, is comprised of a diverse group of dancers and drummers who share a love of African tradition, celebration and culture.

West African drumming and dancing is considered an important root of early jazz.

YouTube video of Limanya Drum and Dance Ensemble

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Ragtime Piano with Bob Milne

Friday, May 6 @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Danes Hall, 301 Main Street, 
Free Ticketed Event - Limited seating - first come first seated
Tickets can be obtained at The Bookcellar, 110 Main St, 715-258-2555

Considered the best ragtime and boogie-woogie pianist in the world, Bob Milne, will play a variety of ragtime compositions from the early jazz era. Mr. Milne has performed at hundreds of venues both in America and internationally, including the White House. He was commissioned by the Library of Congress in Washington D. C. to record all the important ragtime pieces of America. Milne is considered a National Treasure. 
Desserts and Coffee will be served with a cash bar available.

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Erin Krebs, Jazz and Blues Vocalist

Saturday, May 7 @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Waupaca High School Commons, E2325 King Road, 

Free Ticketed Event - Limited seating - first come first seated
Tickets can be gotten at The Bookcellar, 110 Main St, 715-258-2555

Erin Krebs, jazz and blues vocalist, with her partner blues guitarist Jeff Johnston will showcase in a cabaret-like setting, the music of classic female blues singers such as Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Early blues is the third root of the roots of jazz.

www.erinkrebs.comYouTube video of Erin Krebs Singing

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Ecumenical Vespers with Jazz 

Sunday May 8 @ 5:00 PM
St Mark's Episcopal Church, 415 S. Main Street, 

Sunday Evening Ecumenical Vespers with jazz accompaniment by the Matt Buchman Quartet.



Wisconsin Jazz

Monday May 9 @ 6:30 PM
Waupaca Area Public Library, 107 S Main Street, Lower Level Meeting Rooms


Dr. Kurt Dietrich, retired Professor of Music and Barbara De Frees Professor of Performing Arts at Ripon College. Dietrich is the author of the book Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland.

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