Jean's Jazz Series Educators Credit Union

Our 14th season of hot music for cool nights

Jean's Jazz Series was begun in the fall of 2001 by Joe Mooney in memory of his wife Jean, who died of ovarian cancer the preceding June. Jean had been a jazz devotee and a dedicated volunteer for the Racine Theatre Guild. Joe remains the driving force behind Jean's Jazz Series.

At each Jean's Jazz event, you'll be thoroughly entertained by highly acclaimed jazz artists in the acoustically superior Racine Theatre Guild auditorium. Concessions and a cash bar are available throughout the evening; complimentary treats are provided at intermission. Following performances, you'll get to meet and greet the musicians and purchase their CD's.

Thanks are in order, first to Educators Credit Union, for again serving as presenting sponsor of the series. And we thank these contributing sponsors: Landmark Title and Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, plus everyone who bought beverages at our Monument Square beer stand during First Fridays in Downtown Racine last summer.

Individual tickets (not season tickets) may be purchased on-line at; however, discounts cannot be applied.

Saturday January 10, 7p.m.
The New Kal Bergendahl Project
Since 2005, KBP has been primarily a collaborative jazz funk band with an eclectic repertoire. Now Kal Bergendahl is leading the Project in a new direction to combine soulful jazz and edgy funk for a fresh sound. Tonight, the inspiration for the reinvention, a horn section featuring Jamie Breiwick, Benny Olson and Jeremy Scott, joins Kal on bass, Benny Ramos IV on drums, and Theo Merriweather on keyboards.
Harmonious Wail
With an infectious and uplifting blend of continental jazz, swing and gypsy music, the Wail has caught numerous listeners by total surprise during its more than 20-year history. Smoldering vocals laced among mandolin and guitar in delicate arrangements and bouncy rhythms won this group four 2014 Madison Area Music Awards, including Best Jazz Performer, Best Jazz Song and Best Jazz CD.
Saturday February 14, 7p.m.
Triad - featuring Terry Peterson, Brian Ford & Jeremy Kriedeman
Triad interprets music from a unique perspective - that of the instructor of music, as well as the performer. Listeners are riveted by both soaring electric guitar solos and intricate classical guitar work. Dynamic bass lines and a combination of drum set and congas solidify Triad's distinctive euphonic sound.
Nineteen Thirteen
A cello built in 1913 and processed through today's looping technology creates a live orchestra of strings framed by the percussion of two drummers. The result is the unique chamber rock trio from Milwaukee known as NINETEEN THIRTEEN. Cellist Janet Schiff with Nez playing drum set and world-renowned Victor DeLorenzo (founding member of Violent Femmes) push the boundaries of time and tradition in a unique chamber rock trio. A subtle mix of old and new technology, the cello multiplies to infinite layers to the swing of dancing drums and percussion. Audiences are captivated by the interaction of electrically amplified cello layers and stereo-sound percussive drum rhythms of Nineteen Thirteen.
Saturday March 28, 7p.m.
An Evening With The Flat Cats
We took a survey and asked who you’d like to see back on the JJS stage in 2015. Here’s your winner! The Flat Cats play a range of retro and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics and timeless standards. The Chicago-based ensemble has played at Navy Pier, the Drake Hotel, Pete Miller’s and Green Dolphin Lounge. They’ve backed legendary singing groups, such as The Drifters and The Crystals, at major venues, like the Chicago Theatre, Star Plaza and Pabst Theatre. Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you’re sure to be entertained!
Thursday April 16, 7p.m.
Swing Chevron
Having fallen in love at a young age with the unmistakable, impassioned jazz violin playing of Stephane Grappelli, Allen Russell founded the group as a means by which to perform his own original tunes and arrangements in the same violin-centric style. Relying heavily upon lyrical French melodies, driving gypsy rhythms, and improvisational flights of the imagination, Swing Chevron brings the sizzling vintage swing music you crave!
Cold Sweat And The Brew City Horns
Cold Sweat delivers high-energy, non-stop fun! It is Wisconsin’s premier show band, featuring some of the area’s best musicians, multiple dynamic vocalists, and the renowned three-piece horn section known as the Brew City Horns. The group’s ultimate strength is versatility, playing danceable music that draws from many genres and eras, truly providing something for everyone.
Tickets are available on-line at or through the Racine Theatre Guild box office. (262) 633-4218
Individual Tickets
Adults $17.00
Seniors: (62 and older) $15.00
Students: (21 and under with ID) $5.00
Season Tickets
Adults $51.00
Seniors: (62 and older) $45.00
Students: (21 and under with ID) $15.00
All proceeds from Jean's Jazz Series benefit:
Racine Theatre Guild
2519 Northwestern Avenue
Racine, Wisconsin 53404
Phone: (262) 633-4218
Email: Racine Theatre Guild
Presenting Sponsor
Educators Credit Union
Contributing Sponsors