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Capital City Jazz Fest 2014

April 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - April 27, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 3, Session 2 of the Fest (Sat, April 26 — 11 AM-4 PM) and Session 3 (Sat, April 26 — 6-11 PM) are SOLD OUT.  We can no longer accept orders for Best Friends or Session 2 or 3 tickets.  There are a LIMITED number of tickets left for the other two sessions of the Fest and there are plenty of tickets left for the Thursday night Kickoff Celebration.  We apologize if this causes you any inconvenience.  Thank you.

Jazz it up with us… at the 26th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest!!



Kicking off our second quarter century, the 26th Annual Capital City Jazz Fest will present an unparalleled line-up of musicians from all over the country – the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band and After Midnight.  A special kick-off celebration on Thursday, April 24, will feature Bob Schulz performing with the Vagabond Reeds led by Dave MacGregor.  Those who purchase Best and Red Hot Friends of the Fest tickets ($135 each) will be admitted free to this event; admission for others will be $10.  Admission to individual sessions on April 25-27 will be $32 in advance; $35 at the door.

Our Sponsors

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

Major Sponsor:

George Mead

The Evjue Foundation, The Charitable Arm of the Capital Times

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2014 Featured Performers

Jim Cullum-2013 #2Organized in 1962, the Jim Cullum Jazz Band is renowned for playing the classic jazz associated with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke –among others–plus music by great American composers such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall, the KennedyCenter for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap Farm, Austin City Limits, and at festivals and concerts across the U.S. and Latin America. They have also performed in Australia, Europe and on a wildly successful tour of Russia!  The musicians are full-time professionals, with extensive backgrounds in traditional jazz, swing and other vintage musical styles.  Since 1987, Riverwalk Jazz radio broadcasts have featured the JCJB with distinguished musical guests, heard worldwide on Public Radio International.  The band is making their second appearance at the Capital City Jazz Fest.  Members: Jim Cullum, cornet; Mike Pittsley, trombone; Clint Baker, guitar; John Sheridan, piano; Evan Arntzen, reeds; Phil Flanigan, bass; Hal Smith, drums

Bob Schulz-color #2 Bob Schulz organized his Frisco Jazz Band in 1989 and patterned it after the late great Bob Scobey=s Frisco Band of the 1950s and 1960s.  The band performs all jazz styles and you can expect to hear a vast array of selections ranging from Muggsy Spanier to Turk Murphy to Eddie Condon, all played with the personal touch of the Frisco Jazz Band…much the way the free-spirited Scobey would have done.  The Thursday night kick-off celebration will feature the “premiere” of a new book written about Bob by Dick Rippey of Triangle Jazz.  You will be able to purchase your copy of the book and get autographs from the author and book subject.  Members: Bob Schulz, cornet; Kim Cusack, reeds; Doug Finke, trombone; Mike Walbridge, tuba; Scott Anthony, banjo; Ray Skjelbred, piano; Hal Smith, drums



New Black Eagle-2013 Formed in 1971, the New Black Eagle Jazz Band has delighted audiences all over the world with their huge and eclectic repertoire of jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. The group has a mastery of this great American music. John Wilson wrote in the New York Times that the Black Eagles are “so far ahead of other traditional bands…there is scarcely any basis for comparison.”  The band has performed extensively all across North America and has toured Europe countless times and performed with many jazz legends including Doc Cheatham, “Kid” Thomas, Benny Waters, Odetta and Milt Hinton, and symphony orchestras.  The band has over 40 recordings (including the Grammy-nominated On the River) and videos. Their music has been featured in Ken Burns’ documentaries and on NPR Radio. The band has also been on The Prairie Home Companion show.  Members: Tony Pringle, cornet; Peter Bullis, banjo; Stan Vincent, trombone; Bob Pilsbury, piano; Billy Novick, clarinet & alto sax; Bill Reynolds, drums; Jesse Williams, bass

After Midnight-2013 Making their second appearance at our Capital City Jazz Fest, After Midnight is one of the hottest sextets since the Big Band Era! Swinging hard since 1997, this extraordinary group of musicians has performed thousands of concerts around the world for jazz festivals, clubs, weddings, concerts and more. They conquer dizzying charts by the likes of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Lionel Hampton.  It’s tight, fun, exciting, danceable, and hugely popular among the jazz and swing crowds.  After Midnight has its roots buried deep in the Benny Goodman Sextet tradition–same instrumentation – clarinet, vibraphone, piano, guitar, bass and drums – and arrangements that echo those of the BG Six.  The last time they appeared in Madison, they produced a CD, “Midnight in Madison.”  Who knows what will come out of this appearance?!?  Members: Roger Campbell, clarinet; Jerry Weiss, piano; Rick Weingarten, vibraphone; Mike McCullough, guitar; Jim Moore, drums; Ced Forsyth, bass

Fest Schedule

(schedule subject to change)

Thursday, April 24 – Special Kick-off Celebration (7-10 PM)

            Bob Schulz with the Vagabond Reeds

Food available for purchase: 7-9 PM

Friday, April 25 – Session I (6:30-11 PM)

6:30 PM            New Black Eagle Jazz Band

7:40 PM            Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

8:50 PM            After Midnight

10 PM               Jim Cullum Jazz Band

 Food available for purchase: 5:30-8:30 PM

Saturday, April 26 – Session II (11 AM-4 PM) — SOLD OUT!!

11 AM               Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

12:15 PM          After Midnight

1:30 PM            Jim Cullum Jazz Band

2:45 PM            New Black Eagle Jazz Band

Food available for purchase: 10:30 AM-3 PM

Saturday, April 26 – Session III (6-11 PM) — SOLD OUT!!

6 PM                After Midnight

7:15 PM            New Black Eagle Jazz Band

8:30 PM            Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band

9:45 PM.           Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Food available for purchase: 5:30-9 PM

Sunday, April 27 – Jazz Worship Celebrations

Fest Venue – 9 AM                New Black Eagle Jazz Band

First United Methodist Church – 9:30 AM            After Midnight

Sunday, April 27 – Session IV (11:30 AM-4 PM)

11:30 a.m.         Jim Cullum Jazz Band

12:40 p.m.        New Black Eagle Jazz Band

1:50 p.m.          After Midnight

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

Food available for purchase: 11 AM-3 PM

Travel & Accomodations

Make room reservations at the Madison Quality Inn & Suites 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 2014 fest rate is $115.96 (+ tax) per night for single or double occupancy and rooms must be reserved on or before March 15, 2014.  If the hotel is full, rooms are also being held at the Candlewood Suites, 2 blocks from the fest venue.  The Quality Inn 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 24, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
April 27, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
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Quality Inn & Suites
2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI United States
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