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30th (and FINAL) Capital City Jazz Fest 2018

April 27 @ 6:30 pm - April 29 @ 4:00 pm


Jazz it up with us one LAST time… at the 30th (and FINAL) Capital City Jazz Fest!!

jazzfest_logo_small[1]  The 30th Capital City Jazz Fest will be the final event presented by the Madison Jazz Society.  This great line-up of musicians from all over the country will truly help us “go out with a bang!!” – the Buck Creek Jazz Band, the Fat Babies Jazz Band, the Midiri Brothers Jazz Sextet, Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One and special guests vocalist Marilyn Keller and Bob Schulz.  Bob Schulz will lead a kick-off celebration on Thursday, April 26, featuring members of the bands performing at the Fest and other special guests.  There will be a Jazz Worship Celebration at the Fest venue, led by Marilyn Keller and Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One,  at 9 AM on Sunday, April 29. 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!!

PLEASE NOTE: ALL Sessions of the 30th — and Final — Capital City Jazz Fest are SOLD OUT.  The kick-off celebration on Thursday, April 26, (7-10 PM) is a non-ticketed event.  You are welcome to attend that.

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Be sure to order right away to reserve your tickets for the 30th (and FINAL) Capital City Jazz Fest.
PLEASE NOTE: checks must be made payable to Madison Jazz Society, NOT Capital City Jazz Fest.


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.

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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2018 Capital City Jazz Fest Schedule

schedule subject to change

Thursday, April 26 — Free Kickoff Session (7-10 p.m.)

Buck Creek Jazz Band, Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One, Bob Schulz, Marilyn Keller, Joan Reynolds, Tom Bartlett, Kim Cusack, Mike Wallbridge & Dan Shapera

Friday, April 27 – Session I (6:30-11 p.m.) — SOLD OUT

6:30 p.m.  Buck Creek Jazz Band

7:40 p.m.  Midiri Brothers Jazz Sextet

8:50 p.m.  Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One

10 p.m.  Fat Babies Jazz Band

Saturday, April 28 – Session II (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) — SOLD OUT

11 a.m.   Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One

12:15 p.m.  Fat Babies Jazz Band

1:30 p.m.  Buck Creek Jazz Band

2:45 p.m.  Midiri Brothers Jazz Sextet

Saturday, April 28 – Session III (6-11 p.m.) — SOLD OUT

6 p.m.  Fat Babies Jazz Band

7:15 p.m.  Midiri Brothers Jazz Sextet

8:30 p.m.  Red Lehr’s Jazz Band

9:45 p.m.  Buck Creek Jazz Band

Sunday, April 29 – Jazz Worship Celebration

9 a.m.  Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One & Marilyn Keller

Sunday, April 29 – Session IV (11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) — SOLD OUT

11:30 a.m.  Buck Creek Jazz Band

12:25 p.m.  Midiri Brothers Jazz Sextet

1:20 p.m.  Red Lehr’s Powerhouse Five + One

2:15 p.m.  Fat Babies Jazz Band

3:10 p.m.  Finale

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 2018 fest rate is $119 (+ tax) per night for single or double occupancy and rooms must be reserved on or before March 25, 2018.  If the hotel is full, rooms are also being held at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, 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 27 @ 6:30 pm
April 29 @ 4:00 pm
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Wyndham Garden Hotel
2969 Cahill Main
Fitchburg, WI United States
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