The Rob Parton Big Band was a regular at FitzGerald's for years. Rob Parton is now based outside of Chicagoland, but returns to Berwyn in December for a CD release party for "We'll Be Together Again."
The Rob Parton Big Band performed at FitzGerald's in August - Here's a video (Poor video quality, but decent audio).
RPBB also played (with Vocalist Leslie Beukelman) an outdoor concert in Park Ridge in August.
Four-part Modern Big Band Retrospective originally created by Rob Parton for the 2010 Evanston Jazz Festival:
Part One - Part Two - Part Three - Part Four (each part 7- 9 minutes)
$10. Big Band Jazz music is not the same as Dance Band music. Big Band Jazz involves familiar tunes but includes extended solos wherein these talented musicians get to show off a little for the crowd (and for their fellow band members). Intended primarily as a concert performance, there's limited space for dancing (some folks can't resist). Look for a table with a Meetup sign. Of course RSVPs are appreciated so we know how many jazz fans to expect, but last minute attendees are always welcome.
FitzGerald's does not serve food (not even pretzels!), but you can dine before the show next door at Capri Ristorante or bring your own snacks into FitzGerald's.
Check out the extensive monthly schedule of music and entertainment at FitzGerald's.
And for a schedule of Big Band Jazz in the Chicago area provided by the Chicagoland Big Band Jazz Society (Join CBBJS for $10/yr.):
Listed on other Meetups!