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Eric Jacobson Set to Perform on April 9

Eric Jacobson will bring the iconic sounds of Miles Davis to life at Jean’s Jazz on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine.

With a set focusing on the album that changed the future of jazz music, Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue,” trumpeter Eric Jacobson will bring his love of jazz music to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience. A Racine native who studied trumpet under Johnny Hemkes, he has performed with Grammy Award Winners Phil Woods, Benny Golson, Brian Lynch, Tito Puente Jr., and Eric Benet.

One of the most prominent jazz trumpet players in the area, Eric’s approach to jazz is fresh and modern, yet stays within the traditions of greats like Chet Baker and Freddie Hubbard. He is also an instructor at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. As a recording artist he has collaborated on the albums “The Sweet Minute Big Band,” “Human Kindness,” and “Discover.”

Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” was released in 1959 and influenced many musicians across genres. In 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it as number 12 on their list of 500 greatest albums of all time.

“The emotional range as well as the intellectual range of the music being played is phenomenal,” stated Murray Horwitz with the “NPR Basic Jazz Record Library.” “…you go from incredibly poignant to very joyous and playful, and sometimes in just a few notes.”

Created in 2001 by Joe Mooney, Jean’s Jazz is an annual fundraiser for the Racine Theatre Guild in memory of Joe’s wife, Jean. Jean was a jazz devotee and dedicated volunteer at the Guild, driving Joe to continue growing the series year after year.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (62+), and $5 for students (21 & under). Call (262) 633-4218, visit or stop by the box office weekdays from 12 to 6 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to the performance to purchase tickets.

Jean’s Jazz is made possible through the support of Educators Credit Union, Landmark Title, and Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.