​All Illiana Concerts are held at The Glendora House, 102nd and Harlem, Chicago Ridge, IL 
(exit 294 at East 95th street; take Harlem south to 102nd) 
2-5:00 pm Free Parking/ 2 Hardwood Dance floors;
  Students with ID- free
Information and Tickets: Call Herta at 708 672-3561 
or write to Illiana Club of Traditional Jazz, Box 1459, Oak Park, IL 60304

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2557 W. 116th St., Chicago, IL 60655


Helmuth Erdmann 
Dec 14, 1935 Hamburg, Germany-Oct 22, 2018,

Helmuth was a founding member of the Illiana Jazz Club and beloved husband of Herta, current board member of the club. Helmuth was a loving brother, uncle, father and grandfather whose easygoing temperament was enjoyed by all. He retired after a career of 34 years as a Tool and Die maker for the Ford Stamping Plant. We all remember Helmuth as the leader of the Chorus Line we would join to accompany the club’s theme song “Yellow Dog Blues”! He enjoyed playing harmonica every day, sometimes two a time. He played percussion; specializing on an instrument he called “The Zing-a-boom’” in which he had placed a spring in the bottom to provide built-in rhythm. He came from a musical family in Hamburg with a grandfather whose all female band traveled all over Europe. Helmuth found a group of guys at Svoboda’s in Chicago Heights who played together for the sheer joy of the music. He also used to play for Frankfurt Oktoberfest.