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Jazz Community Big Band in River Grove

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.

JUNE SPECIAL EVENT! Jazz Community will be awarding four summer jazz camp scholarships from the Bill May Jazz Education Fund. The recipients will be recognized and invited to sit in with Jazz Community. Come out and support these promising young jazz musicians.


$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.

For a schedule of Big Band Jazz in the Chicago area provided by the Chicagoland Big Band Jazz Society (Join CBBJS for $10/yr.):


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  • Ray B.

    There are great groups performing at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 06:00-08:00PM. Sometimes latin jazz, straight jazz, and many other genres of music, but all very well performed. If you are not a member of the Garden, it costs $20 to get into the grounds for a car, regardless of the number of occupants. It runs until the end of August. This is not a Big Band venue, except for one performance, but the music is top notch and is a jewel for those who enjoy beautiful surroundings and very well performed music. See the Chicago Botanic Garden website for the schedule of performers.

    June 22, 2013

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