Cap'n Jazz

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Cap'n Jazz
Cap'n Jazz performing live in 2010
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Emo,[1] indie rock, post-hardcore[2]
Years active 1989–1995, 2010
Labels Jade Tree
Associated acts Joan of Arc, The Promise Ring, Make Believe, Owls, Owen, American Football, Ghosts and Vodka
Past members Tim Kinsella
Mike Kinsella
Sam Zurick
Victor Villarreal
Davey von Bohlen

Cap'n Jazz was an American emo band formed in Chicago in 1989 by brothers Tim and Mike Kinsella, who were joined by Sam Zurick and Victor Villarreal. After a number of name changes and the addition of guitarist Davey von Bohlen the band began to earn a cult following in the Chicago area and the Midwest.


The band recorded several singles for independent labels in the early 90s as well as contributing to several compilations. In 1994, they released their only full-length album, Burritos, Inspiration Point, Fork Balloon Sports, Cards in the Spokes, Automatic Biographies, Kites, Kung Fu, Trophies, Banana Peels We've Slipped on and Egg Shells We've Tippy Toed Over—better known as Shmap'n Shmazz—on Man with Gun cult and record label.

The band broke up in July 1995, shortly after Shmap'n Shmazz's release, on the night of a show at Little Rock's Das Yutes a Go-Go. In 1998, the Jade Tree label assembled a double-disc Cap'n Jazz retrospective titled Analphabetapolothology which compiles the band's complete recorded works: Shmap'n Shmazz, early singles, material from split releases, compilation tracks, unreleased demos and outtakes and several tracks from their farewell performance in Chicago.

The line up of the band included Tim Kinsella (vocals); Samuel Zurick (bass guitar); Mike Kinsella (drums, vocals); Victor Villarreal (guitar, vocals); and Davey von Bohlen (guitar, vocals from 1994–95).[3]

Although their talent and influence stands on its own, they are also notable for the significant careers that former members of the band have charted since the demise of Cap'n Jazz in 1995, most notably Make Believe, The Promise Ring, American Football, Owls, Ghosts and Vodka, Joan of Arc and Owen.


Cap'n Jazz reunited at The Empty Bottle on Friday, January 22, 2010, as part of Joan of Arc's Don't Mind Control Variety Show.

After playing that short, impromptu set in Chicago, the band played their first official reunited show at the annual Forecastle Festival in Louisville on July 10, 2010,[4] and a hometown reunion show a week later at the Bottom Lounge, supporting the vinyl re-release of Analphabetapolothology on Jade Tree Records, where they gained success.[5][6] Due to the show selling out in about 48 hours, a second show was added the next night. Later, it was announced that they would also be playing reunion shows across the United States [7] during the summer and fall of 2010.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Achtung Chicago! Zwei! – compilation LP (Underdog Records, 1993).
  • Nothing Dies with Blue Skies – 7” split w/ Friction (Shakefork Records, 1993).
  • How the Midwest Was Won – compilation 2x7” (Subfusc Records, 1993) (Playing Field Recordings, 1993).
  • Picking More Daisies – compilation 2x7” (Further Beyond Records, 1993).
  • It’s a Punk Thing, You Wouldn't Understand – compilation LP (Shakefork Records, 1993).
  • Ghost Dance – compilation 2x7” (Slave Cut Records, 1993).
  • A Very Punk Christmas – compilation 2x7” (The Rocco Empire & Further Beyond Records, 1993).
  • Punk TV – compilation LP (Red Dawg Records, 1995).
  • We’ve Lost Beauty – compilation LP (File 13, 1995).
  • Ooh Do I Love You – compilation 2xCD (Core For Care, 1995).


  • Sometimes if you stand further away from something, it does not seem as big. Sometimes you can stand so close to something you can not tell what you are looking at. – 7” (Underdog Records, 1993).
  • Boys 16 to 18 Years... Age of Action – (Further Beyond Records, 1993).



  1. ^ Sclafani, Tony. "Cap'n Jazz: Interview". Prefix Media. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Aubin (July 1, 2010). "Contests: Win music and tickets from Cap'n Jazz". Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ Wolf, Erin. "Reviewed: Cap’n Jazz Reunion Show at the Bottom Lounge". Vital Media Group. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Photos: Cap’n Jazz at Forecastle". Buzzgrinder. July 13, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Cap'n Jazz Officially Reunite, Reissue Analphabetapolothology on Vinyl". Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Deem, Anna. "Cap'n Jazz Reunite in Chicago After 15-Year Hiatus". AOL Music. Retrieved February 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tours". Jade Tree. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 

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