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Vinyl Comes Alive to honor legendary Milwaukee jazz drummer Sam Belton with Lifetime Achievement Award

Sam Belton will be honored with Vinyl Comes Alive's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on April 18. (Photo: Sam's Place Jazz Cafe)

Vinyl Comes Alive, a premier fundraiser bringing together jazz music lovers from across the city for a night of unforgettable performances, will take place on Thursday, April 18, at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Radio Milwaukee announced on Wednesday.

Vinyl Comes Alive is a nod to the past, with a solid focus on the future, creating an immersive experience that transports attendees back to the golden age of jazz, with a fusion of innovation as we re-imagine jazz, according to a press release from Radio Milwaukee.

Vinyl Comes Alive will present its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary Milwaukee jazz drummer, educator, and entrepreneur Sam Belton of Sam’s Place Jazz Cafe. Belton has been a driving force in music in Milwaukee for decades, as a student, an educator, and a musical influencer.

“Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award is not just an acknowledgment of my past accomplishments; it’s a testament to the enduring spirit of perseverance, dedication, and passion that drives me forward each day,” says Belton in a statement. “I have devoted my career to jazz music, educating and entertaining for decades and I’m thankful to Radio Milwaukee for recognizing my impact on music and Milwaukee.“

Vinyl Comes Alive will feature captivating performances by the Milwaukee All-Star Jazz Band led by Jamie Breiwick, featuring Mark Davis, Hannah Johnson, John Christensen, and Lenard Simpson. Special guest artists that night will include Adekola Adadepo, B-Free, Emmitt James, Klassik, Tiffany Miller, Aya and Kyndal J.

“Vinyl Comes Alive is a testament to the timeless allure of jazz, bridging generations and welcoming newcomers to the genre’s rich legacy, while honoring those who love and enjoy it today,” says Radio Milwaukee Executive Director Maxie Jackson. “With a blend of nostalgia and innovation, this event honors our past while embracing the endless possibilities of the future. It serves as a welcoming gateway for the next generation of listeners to discover and appreciate the beauty of jazz. I’m proud that Radio Milwaukee honors America’s original art form – jazz. We are dedicated to the preservation and forward progression of improvisational music rooted in the ideal of democratic virtuosity.”

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