Buck Creek Jazz Band In 1977, the Buck Creek Jazz Band got its start by playing jazz parties on Buck Creek Road in Temple Hills, Maryland. The band specializes in new interpretations of early musical pioneers, presenting a huge variety of songs; at last count, 2,300+ tunes. When they appeared at our 1994 Fest, we had 7 inches of snow in May!! This time, we expect the weather to be great, along with the jazz!! Members: Jim Ritter, cornet; John Skillman, clarinet; Frank Mesich, trombone; Dave McAllister piano; Mike Evans, banjo; Chuck Stewart, tuba & Pam Pameiger, drums
Fat Babies Jazz Band The Fat Babies have taken the jazz world by storm, interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 1930s. The band is one of today’s finest purveyors of early Chicago jazz. You will savor the details of voicing, color and phrasing that distinguish this band from other counterparts. These musicians lavish great care and respect on an historic repertoire, even as they tweak tradition with idiosyncratic arrangements. This is their second appearance at the Capital City Jazz Fest. Members: Andy Schumm, cornet; Jon Doyle & John Otto, reeds; Dave Bock, trombone; Paul Asaro, piano; Jake Sanders, banjo; Beau Sample, bass & Alex Hall, drums
Midiri Brothers Jazz Sextet Referred to as a “sixsome with talent to burn,” twins Joe and Paul’s group plays music rooted in the small jazz groups of the 1930s and 1940s with unique arrangements in the tradition of the Swing and Dixieland eras. At their performances, they earn standing ovations and encore requests. The Sextet appeared two years in a row at our Fest because of their great crowd appeal. This, their fourth Fest appearance, will help us “swing out in style” at our last Capital City Jazz Fest. Members: Joe Midiri, reeds; Paul Midiri, vibraphone; Jeff Phillips, piano; Pat Mercuri, guitar; Steve Pikal, bass & Jim Lawlor, drums
Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One What happens when six talented jazz musicians who are long on ideas and energy get together? “Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One!” The band’s members engage in musical conversations that sizzle and scintillate. They weave a seamless jazz fabric that delights audiences. Inspiration and intuition at their best will be part of this last great weekend of jazz in Wisconsin’s Capital City! Members: Red Lehr, sousaphone; Noel Kaletsky, clarinet; Steve Lilley, cornet; Cody Henry, trombone; Dave Majchrzak, piano & Jack Tartar, drums
Marilyn Keller Special guest vocalist Marilyn Keller, making her second Fest appearance is known for her riveting stage presence and killer renditions of Gospel and Blues; her repertoire includes Jazz and Big Band hits and more. Her ballads are haunting, soulful and tender and she “gets down” with the best of them in all kinds of high-energy tunes. She brings a special magic to the stage with her charming presence and flawless vocal styling.
Bob Schulz Our other special guest, Wisconsin native and great friend of MJS Bob Schulz, has appeared at more Capital City Jazz Fests than any other musician – and he’ll be with us “one more once” to lead our Thursday night kick-off event and be part of the music all weekend. He is considered the foremost exponent of the Bob Scobey trumpet style and an outstanding vocalist in the tradition of Clancy Hayes.