May 17, 2015
Jazz Community Big Band is an 18 piece big band playing the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others. The band was established in 1976 by its late founder and director, trumpet player and music educator, Bill May. 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.
The Basie band, with its tight ensemble work and excellent dynamics, was the model upon which Bill built the band. For many years, Jazz Community has 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 Marianne 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. www.jazzcommunitybigband.com or on Face Book: www.facebook.com/JazzCommunity