Passing the Bass
Presented By Willie Ney Productions, LLC and Overture Center for the Arts

Passing the Bass

A Global Tribute to NEA 2014 Jazzmaster Richard Davis

Thu, Oct 11

Capitol Theater: Free


All Ages


Tickets available on a first-come, first serve basis by clicking the TICKETS button on this page or contacting the Overture Ticket Office.


Two tickets maximum per guest.

6 PM – 7 PM exhibition of Richard Davis’ historic memorabilia, Capitol Theater Lobby


This historic event will celebrate the life and legacy of world-renowned 2014 NEA Jazzmaster Richard Davis who has made an indelible impact on the world of jazz and beyond over his five decades of performing and serving as a master teacher of the bass for generations of students. This event will involve a historic performance by some of his closest collaborators over the years from across the globe in addition to video and photographic tributes and never before seen memorabilia from his personal collection. There will also be a surprise announcement involving Richard’s legacy in Madison as part of the evening’s special events.


Andrew Cyrille (drums)
Peter Dominguez (bass)
Javon Jackson (sax)
Aska Kaneko (violin)
Angelica Sanchez (piano)

Sponsored by Ho-Chunk Gaming of Wisconsin, Joe and Mary Ellyn Sensenbrenner, Fox & Fox, S.C., and HurleyBurish S.C.

Co-Sponsored by the Capital City Hues, Arts Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Book Festival, Dane Arts, Zebra Dog Studios, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, the Progressive Magazine, the Great Dane, and the Isthmus Newspaper

Special Thanks to Chuck France for producing the program and co-producing the event with Stephen Braunginn, Ed Holmes for his tireless efforts to make this event a success and Anne Katz who has been instrumental in helping with the event. Also, thanks to all of the sponsors, co-sponsors and the Overture staff for bringing it to life and dignifying Richard’s legacy. A final word of thanks to Richard’s daughter Persia for all of her support.

Hear testimonials from some of Richard’s closest colleagues and friends: