Jean's Jazz Series Educators Credit Union

Our 12th 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 provided at intermission. 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.

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

Saturday January 11, 7p.m.
Keyboardist Eddie Muniz is co-leader of the band Lake Effect, which has opened for Spyro Gyra and Kim Waters. Bassist Harrison Bankhead, leader of the Harrison Bankhead Sextet, has been a keystone of the Chicago jazz community for more than three decades. Steven “Rainman” Rainey, bandleader and drummer for The Real Deal, has played in groups that opened for B.B. King, Nelson Rangel, Ramsey Lewis and David Benoit. Put them all together and you get the smooth jazz trio know as SIDE EFX.
ECBB is a New Orleans-style seven-piece brass band with trombones, trumpets, tuba, tenor sax, snare drum, bass drum and vocals. Repertoire ranges from pieces that date back to the turn of the 20th century, to traditionals by Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to modern funk tunes and originals. Gigs have included Bastille Days, Jazz in the Park, Turner Hall Ballroom and a 1-1/2 year residency at the Uptowner in Milwaukee.
Saturday February 15, 7p.m.
Eight of Racine and Kenosha’s finest musicians come together as the Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble to celebrate and explore the music of the late, great jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck. With his restlessly innovative musical mind, Brubeck constantly experimented with form, harmony and rhythm to create a singular swinging sound that caught on in a big way. You’ll hear favorites like “In Your Own Sweet Way”, “Blue Rondo Ala Turk”, and, of course, “Take Five”, performed in exciting new arrangements with inspired instrumental improvisations, and even some unique vocal selections.
From Sweetbottom to Oceans to Streetlife, 12-time WAMI winner Warren Wiegratz has long been a staple of the music scene. He’s performed and recorded with renowned national and international artists. Now Wiegratz (saxophone, flute, melodica) has joined forces with vocalist Pam Duronio (a blend of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn) and guitarist Tem Stemper (master of classical flamenco and rock riffs) to form the lively and contemporary jazz-pop, bossa-samba ensemble called Vivo (“I live”).
Thursday March 20, 7p.m.
Dave Sturino (keyboards), Steve Jacob (sax), Steve Kollman (guitar), Greg Holmes (bass guitar) and Paul Griffin (drums) combine their extensive backgrounds in all genres of music to create an energetic mix of jazz fusion and contemporary jazz. You’ll note the influences of Yellowjackets, Jeff Lorber, Herbie Hancock and Steps Ahead, but with just enough raw edge to make the tunes their own.
Classically trained, jazz influenced and soul inspired, Marcya has established herself as a cross-genre vocalist, songwriter and pianist with inspiring musical sensibility and impressive technical skill. Her repertoire includes jazz standards, classic soul, blues and gospel. Marcya has shared the stage with Wycliffe Gordon, Bebe Winans and Vanessa Williams. She’s performed extensively in Chicago and in New York City, at the prestigious Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater and Alice Tully Hall.
Saturday April 19, 7p.m.
Swing is the thing! Milwaukee’s premiere swing band, repeatedly acknowledged by WAMI, will knock your socks off with a vast repertoire of danceable, high-energy, jumpin’ tunes from the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s and 1990’s. This 15-piece big band draws enthusiastic, standing-room-only, multi-generational crowds at top clubs. Swing Noveau was formed in 1997 to bring the hip sound of swing to modern audiences as it was originally meant to be played: hot, live and powerful. So, get in the groove and make the scene!
Tickets are available on-line at or through the Racine Theatre Guild box office. (262) 633-4218
Individual Tickets
Adults $15.00
Seniors: (62 and older) $13.00
Students: (21 and under with ID) $5.00
Season Tickets
Adults $45.00
Seniors: (62 and older) $39.00
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