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.
The Madison Jazz Society acknowledges and is very grateful for the support received for the Capital City Jazz Fest!
2014 Featured Performers
Organized 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 www.jimcullum.com
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 www.bobschulzjazz.com
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 www.blackeagles.com
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 www.aftermidnightjazzband.com
(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.