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Dance to The Jazz Community Big Band

Jazz Community is an 18-piece big band playing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones and more.

The band was established in the mid 1970’s by its late founder and director, trumpet player Bill May. Originally called the "Norridge-Harwood Heights Community Jazz Band," due to the origins of founder Bill May and many of the original band members, the band later became know as "Jazz Community" and played throughout the Chicagoland area for over 12 years.

With the untimely passing of founder and director Bill May, in the fall of 1991, the group disbanded. Jazz Community reunited in the fall of 2011 to recognize the twentieth anniversary of Bill’s passing and to honor and celebrate the musical contributions he made to the many lives he touched.

With the successful reunion of Jazz Community in the fall of 2011 the members of the band are back on track, inspired and ready to delight Big Band Fans in the Chicagoland area once again.


$10 Cover. (No Meetup fee)

Music 7:00-10:00 PM

This event is listed on several Meetups!













BIG DANCE FLOOR! Hanging Gardens Banquet Rooms is located in the shopping center at Belmont and Thatcher. Plenty of FREE parking. Full bar with limited menu (pizza, beef sandwiches, chicken fingers). Look for a table with a Meetup sign. Of course RSVPs are appreciated so we know how many Big Band Jazz fans to expect, but last minute attendees are welcome.

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  • Gillian P.

    Good music, and great company

    July 24, 2013

  • Gillian P.

    It was, very enjoyable evening, and so nice to meet you all.

    July 24, 2013

  • Lillian G.

    Sorry, I won't be able to attend this time.

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do u have to know how to ballroom dance to attend? I have never ballroom danced before but it is something I would like to try.

    July 23, 2013

    • Jim P Z

      Dave, You do NOT have to know how to dance. You don't even have to dance! Most of the people who attend just come to listen to this great band. Maybe we can show you a couple steps when the band takes a break. Hope to see you there! -Jim

      July 23, 2013

    • Gillian P.

      I know how to dance in fact I will be not get there til about 8:30 as I have a dance lesson before. Look forward to meeting you.

      July 23, 2013

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