We Six Jazz Sextet


From hard bop to world beats, original compositions to soulful standards, the We Six jazz sextet explores the full range of jazz in their straight-ahead style.

A consistent favorite at festivals and clubs, this group is currently in its 16th season of residency at the Conservatory, where the members teach and perform regularly in concert.

February 1 at 7:30pm

The Latin Side of Blue Note
So many tunes recorded during the golden era of Blue Note Records have become classics of the jazz repertoire—and some of the most memorable of these feature Afro-Caribbean or Brazilian rhythms. For this concert, We Six, joined by percussionist Bony Plog-Benavides, delves into such compositions by Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, and Kenny Dorham, among others.

Special Guest

Bony Plog-Benavides
WCM faculty member since 2008. Bony Plog-Benavides is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, where she studied with Cuban percussionist Frank Calzadilla. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music with a concentration on Percussion Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, where she studied with David Bayles.

In May 2008, she finished her Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology at Arizona State University. Her thesis research focused on the popularization of Gaita Music, a musical tradition of Northern Colombia. While at ASU, Mrs. Plog-Benavides studied with African music scholar Mark Sunkett and renowned drummer Dom Moio. At ASU she performed with the ASU Latin Jazz Band, Brazilian Bateria, Javanese Gamelan, Latin Marimba Band, and African Drum Ensemble.

Locally she has appeared with the Racine Concert Band, Kenosha Pops Concert Band, and local musicians, such as Mike Plog, David Bayles, Luis Diaz, Dan Trudell, Bill Bonifas, and Jeno Somlai.


The 2017-18 Season Continues

May 3 at 7:30 pm  •   All Our Own
Among the members of We Six are some of the area’s finest jazz composers, as well as performers—don’t miss this annual event at which their latest tunes are premiered!

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Mark Davis

Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano

Chair — Jazz Institute, Piano

WCM faculty member since 1992. B.S., with honors, Skidmore College. Mr. Davis is Jazz Institute Chair and a member of the Conservatory’s We Six. His WCM instructors included Adelaide Banaszynski and David Hazeltine. He later studied with jazz legend Barry Harris. He has performed with many jazz luminaries, including Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Vincent Herring, Peter Bernstein, and Frank Morgan. He is also on the faculty of Wisconsin Lutheran College, Cardinal Stritch University, and Alverno College. He has done work for the Hal Leonard Corporation including transcriptions for Miles Davis: Kind of Blue for their Transcribed Score Series and numerous recordings for their Real Book Play-Along Series. Mr. Davis can be heard on the We Six CD Bird Say.

David Bayles

Percussion, Jazz Institute

Percussion, Jazz Institute

Dave Bayles has performed with many well-known artists including Peter Bernstein, Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, David Hazeltine, Vincent Herring, Carolyn Leonhart, Brian Lynch, Joe Magnerelli, Kevin Mahogny, Jack McDuff, Bob Mintzer, Frank Morgan, James Moody, Kim Richmond, Jim Pugh, Steve March-Torme, Melvin Rhyne, Charles McPherson, Terell Stafford, Ernie Watts, Steve Wiest and Phil Woods.

Dave has appeared in numerous festivals and concert series, including Chicago Jazz Festival, Fox Jazz Fest, Third Ward Jazz Festival, Isthmus Jazz Festival, Trout Art Museum, Jazz in the Park and Jazz at Five (Madison). He performs regularly at jazz venues around the Midwest, including The Jazz Estate, Blu, Mason Street Grill, Pete Miller's, Andy's Jazz Club, The Green Mill and The Jazz Showcase.

In addition to keeping an active performance schedule, Dave is an accomplished educator and clinician, and is currently on the faculty at UW-Parkside, UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Dave works with band directors throughout the Midwest organizing summer camps and clinics, and giving master classes on jazz, percussion and drum set.

Students taking private lessons with Dave are exceptionally prepared to study percussion at the undergraduate and graduate level, and many of his private students have become accomplished musicians and educators in their own right.

Dave earned a bachelor of arts in music education from UW-Milwaukee.

Jeff Hamann

Bass, Jazz Institute

Bass, Jazz Institute

WCM faculty member since 1998. A member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet, Mr. Hamann attended the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, winning first place in the Jazz Studies Scholarship competition four years in a row. He has worked as a clinician and jazz festival judge in the Milwaukee, Kenosha and Waukesha public schools as well as at UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison and UW-Green Bay. Performing with such well-known artists as Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, Steve Allen, and Eric Alexander, he has toured throughout the Midwest and has appeared at Jazz Yantra in Bombay, India. Jeff is also the bassist on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know show, airing Saturdays on Wisconsin Public Radio and broadcast nationally on NPR stations. He can be heard on the 2005 We Six CD Bird Say.

Eric Jacobson

Trumpet, Jazz Institute, General Music

Trumpet, Jazz Institute, General Music

WCM faculty member since 2008.

As a performer, teacher and clinician Eric Jacobson is in high demand. Eric has performed with Grammy© Award Winners Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Brian Lynch, Tito Puente Jr. and Eric Benet. Eric has had the privilege to perform and study with well known jazz artists such as: David Hazeltine, Jim Rotondi, Tim Hagans,Willie Thomas, Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen.

As a Music Major he studied Trumpet at UW-Whitewater from 1993-1997 with Dr. Frank Hanson, and Jazz Director Steve Wiest. Eric continues to work on his craft and has had the privilege to Study with;  Brian Lynch, Alex Norris, Ryan Kisor, and Wynton Marsalis.

Eric toured the world in 2010-2013 with Milwaukee’s local soul band "Kings Go Forth" but now stays a bit closer to home and is a top call trumpeter for high profile gigs in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago and frequently plays with the popular Milwaukee-based Latin band De la Buena.

Since 2010, he has been the trumpeter with the Conservatory's resident jazz sextet We Six, providing fiery solos and contributing arrangements and original compositions to the band's repertoire.The Jazz Institute of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music has been gaining a national reputation in recent years due in large part to the tireless efforts of trumpeter Eric Jacobson.Served for several years as the Chair of Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion. teaches Materials of Jazz as part of the Honors Program curriculum, and directs our award-winning Batterman Ensemble who recently won Best Small group in DownBeat Magazine.Eric has also been busy in the recording studio. He recently recorded for Johannes Wallmann "The Sweet Minute Big Band" and  Willy Porter’s CD Human Kindness. Watch for Eric's latest CD as a leader, Discover, to be released under Brian Lynch's jazz label Holistic MusicWorks.


Eric has been fortunate enough to perform and study with well-known artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Brian Lynch, Jim Rotondi, Tim Hagans, Tito Puente, Joan Rivers, Eric Benet, Mayer Hawthorne, Robert Randolph, and Wynton Marsalis. Eric has toured throughout the world with Kings Go Forth who was featured in Time Magazine as being "2011's Best Soul Band".


In 2001, Eric released his debut jazz CD entitled Inspiration which features some of Milwaukee's best jazz musicians as well as New York trumpet sensation and Grammy Award winner Brian Lynch.  Eric released his second album in 2011 entitled "Two A.M.” and his 2012 release Combinations – Live at the Jazz Estate features Brian Lynch and piano legend Barry Velleman. Eric was recently recognized in Jazzscope Magazine by David Hoffman as "having a gorgeous round sound on both the trumpet and flugelhorn" and being "on his way to being a jazz giant."

Eric Schoor

Saxophone, Jazz Institute

Saxophone, Jazz Institute

WCM faculty member since 2012. B.F.A. summa cum laude in Jazz Studies and Multiple Woodwinds from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Eric performs and teaches extensively throughout the Midwest, giving clinics and lessons, as well as playing clubs and festivals. He has had the good fortune of performing and recording with nationally recognized jazz artists such as Brian Lynch, Dan Trudell, Francois Moutin, Tom Garling, Mark Johnson, John Fedchock, David Hazeltine, and Manty Ellis. Eric is also a member of the Conservatory's jazz sextet We Six. His debut CD, Combinations-Live at the Jazz Estate, was released in 2013 on the Hollistic MusicWorks record label. www.ericschoor.com

Paul Silbergleit

Guitar, Jazz Institute

Guitar, Jazz Institute

WCM faculty member since 1996 and a member of the Conservatory’s We Six jazz sextet. B.A., Oberlin College. An accomplished jazz composer as well as performer, Mr. Silbergleit has played clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout the area as both a leader and a sideman. He has appeared with Jack McDuff, Jon Faddis, Richie Cole, Tierney Sutton, Melvin Rhyne, Brian Lynch, David Hazeltine, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, among others. Both his 1996 debut CD Silberglicity (on which other Conservatory faculty members are featured) and his 2003 release, My New Attitude, have made it onto the jazz charts with nationwide airplay, and he can also be heard on the 2005 We Six CD Bird Say. Mr. Silbergleit has also taught at Cardinal Stritch University, and has authored numerous instructional materials for Hal Leonard, including the recently published 25 Great Jazz Guitar Solos, a major book of transcriptions, bios, and lessons.

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