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29th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest 2017

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - April 30 @ 4:00 pm


Jazz it up with us… at the 29th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest!!

jazzfest_logo_small[1]  The 29th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest will present an unparalleled line-up of musicians from all over the country – the Bria Skonberg Quintet, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, the Vache/Coots/Trick Trio and Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi.  There will be a Jazz Worship Celebration at the Fest venue, led by Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band,  at 9 AM on Sunday, April 30. Download the Fest ticket order form below.  Seating at each Fest session is limited to 200 people at tables of 8.  Get your tickets NOW!!

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Be sure to register right away to reserve your tickets for the 29th annual Capital City Jazz Fest.
PLEASE NOTE: checks must be made payable to Madison Jazz Society, NOT Capital City Jazz Fest.


Award winning trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg is one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.  Bria co-founded and led Mighty Aphrodite, a highly popular, all-woman band.  Her trumpet skills have been recognized by the likes of Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott Robinson.  Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition and, best known for her knowledge of classic jazz, is creating a style all her own rooted in New Orleans grooves.  A specialist in classic American hot jazz, Bria expands the traditions of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet.  She is an educator, Co-Director/Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Camp, and Co-Founder of the New York Hot Jazz Festival.  Members: Skonberg, trumpet; Evan Arntzen, clarinet; Dalton Ridenour, piano; Sean Cronic, bass & Darien Douglas, drums


Regular attendees of the Fest will recognize Bob Schulz and his band from their numerous appearances over the years.  He organized his Frisco Jazz Band in 1989 and patterned it after Bob Scobey’s Frisco Band of the 1950s and 1960s.  The band performs a vast array of selections, ranging from Muggsy Spanier to Turk Murphy to Eddie Condon, all played much the way the free-spirited Scobey would have done.  Bob was a founding member of Wisconsin’s Riverboat Ramblers and joined Turk Murphy’s Jazz Band in 1979.  He is considered the foremost exponent of the Scobey trumpet style and an outstanding vocalist in the tradition of Clancy Hayes.  Members: Schulz, trumpet; Kim Cusack, clarinet; Doug Finke, trombone; Scott Anthony, banjo; Ray Skjelbred, piano; Mike Walbridge, tuba & Ray Templin, piano.


allan-vacheVACHE/COOTS/TRICK TRIO  danny-coots-colorThis trio will bring invigorating swing music to the party.  Coming from the well-known Vache family, Allan has performed on clarinet with jazz greats such as Jim Cullum, Wild Bill Davison, Gene Krupa, Dick Hyman and Bob Haggart.  Jazz lovers have seen him in all-star groups at many festivals.  Danny Coots is probably the most familiar drummer on the fest circuit.  His quirky sense of humor is second only in popularity to his vigorous drumming.  He helped form the Titan Hot Seven and has played and recorded with Bob Wilber, Johnny Varro, Bill Allred, Randy Reinhart, John Sheridan, Rebecca Kilgore — and we’re just getting started.  Completing this stellar group is Stephanie Trick on piano.  Dick Hyman said that Stephanie is one of the nicest gifts to arrive on the jazz piano scene in recent times and she has come to practically dominate the stride piano field.,


stephanie-paoloSTEPHANIE TRICK & PAOLO ALDERIGHI  Piano lovers have a real treat in store when Stephanie is joined by her husband, acclaimed pianist Paolo Alderighi.  Together, they have created arrangements of songs from the Swing Era as a four-hand piano duo.  In 2014, they played for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.  Paolo has performed or recorded with musicians well known in the jazz scene (Howard Alden, John Allred, Joe Ascione, Marty Grosz, Scott Hamilton, Duke Heitger, Dick Hyman, Ken Peplowski and more).  Now based in Italy, Stephanie and Paolo have performed at jazz festivals all over the world.  Their flawless performances and easy-going personalities never fail to impress.;

Our Sponsors

The Madison Jazz Society acknowledges and is very grateful for the support received for the Capital City Jazz Fest!

The Evjue Foundation, The Charitable Arm of the Capital Times

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2017 Capital City Jazz Fest Schedule

schedule subject to change

Friday, April 28 – Session I (6:30-11 p.m.)

6:30 p.m.   Vache/Coots/Trick Trio

7:40 p.m.   Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

8:50 p.m.   Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

10 p.m.   Bria Skonberg Quintet

Saturday, April 29 – Session II (11 a.m.-4 p.m.)

11 a.m.   Bria Skonberg Quintet

12:15 p.m.   Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

1:30 p.m.   Vache/Coots/Trick Trio

2:45 p.m.   Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

Saturday, April 29 – Session III (6-11 p.m.)

6 p.m.   Vache/Coots/Trick Trio

7:15 p.m.   Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

8:30 p.m.   Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

9:45 p.m.   Bria Skonberg Quintet

Sunday, April 30 – Jazz Worship Celebration at Fest Venue

9 a.m.   Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

Sunday, April 30 – Session IV (11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.)

11:30 a.m.   Vache/Coots/Trick Trio

12:40 p.m.   Bria Skonberg Quintet

1:50 p.m.   Stephanie Trick & Paolo Alderighi

3 p.m.   Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

Travel & Accomodations

Make room reservations at the Wyndham Garden Hotel by calling 608-274-7200.  Please refer to Madison Jazz Society when making reservations-the Fest receives special credit for guest rooms occupied in the Fest block.   The 2017 fest rate is $119 (+ tax) per night for single or double occupancy and rooms must be reserved on or before March 15, 2017.  If the hotel is full, rooms are also being held at the Candlewood Suites, 2 blocks from the Fest venue.  The Wyndham Garden Hotel staff will provide their phone number to you. Contact the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors’ Bureau for other hotels close to the Fest headquarters hotel.


April 28 @ 6:30 pm
April 30 @ 4:00 pm
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Wyndham Garden Hotel
2969 Cahill Main
Fitchburg, WI United States
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