Jazz Community Big Band
WDCB Sunday Big Band Jazz Party
Jazz Community Big Band
presented by: WDCB 90.9fm Public Radio
|Date:||Sun, Mar 17, 2013
- from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
6615 Roosevelt Rd.
Berwyn, IL 60402 (click map for more details)
WDCB presents the Sunday Big Band Jazz Party on Sundays from 6 to 9:30 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. The cover charge is typically $10.
3/03 - Chicago Grandstand Big Band
3/10 - Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners Big Band
3/17 - Jazz Community Big Band
3/24 - John Burnett Orchestra
3/31 - No Big Band Tonight
Tonight's performance will start a little earlier than usual - at 5:30 p.m. - with the Lake Zurich High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Josh Thompson.
Jazz Community is an 18-piece big band playing the music of Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones, Duke Ellington and many others. The band was established in 1976 by its late founder and director, trumpet player and music educator, Bill May. The band was originally called the Norridge-Harwood Heights Community Jazz Band, due to the locale of its origin, Bill and most of the original band members were students or alumni of Ridgewood High School, in Norridge, IL. By the late 1970's, the band changed its name to Jazz Community.
The Basie band, with its tight ensemble work and excellent dynamics, was the model upon which Bill May built his band. For 12+ years, Jazz Community played weekly at several restaurants and supper clubs, as well as many outdoor festivals, street fairs, private events, and weddings throughout the Chicagoland area. With Bill's untimely passing in the fall of 1991, Jazz Community disbanded.
In the fall of 2011, under the leadership of Bill's sister, Marianne May, and with several charter members in tow, Jazz Community reunited for a one-time event to honor Bill on the twentieth anniversary of his passing and to celebrate the musical contributions he made to the many lives he touched. With that successful reunion under its belt, the band decided it was time to get back on the jazz scene. With May at the helm, and co-music directors Phil Feo and Leo Kawczinski, Jazz Community is now back on track, swinging hard and delighting Chicagoland big band fans once again.
Special Bonus for tonight: Capri Ristorante next door to FitzGerald's is offering a 15% discount to those mentioning Jazz Community when placing their order on March 17. Call ahead to Capri at (708) 637-4250 to place your order for quick pick-up when you arrive at FitzGerald's. Don't forget to mention Jazz Community.