Big Band Music in Chicago, One Year Later

Big Band swing and jazz music every month at Durty Nellie's Pub with the Jazz Consortium Big Band

The Jazz Consortium Big Band celebrates 1 year at Durty Nellie’s Pub.

Anniversaries are special moments in time meant to be shared, so come share the Jazz Consortium Big Band‘s celebration of its first anniversary of playing monthly at Durty Nellie’s Pub in Palatine, this Sunday June 10, 6-9 p.m.  You will also be sharing our love of Big Band music in all its forms: Swing, Jazz-Rock, Latin and Ballads.  Complimentary slices of cake will be served, courtesy of Durty Nellie’s, and we will raffle off copies of our CD throughout the evening.  The shows are always all-ages.  The cover is $10, or $5 for students 17 and under.  Food service is also available.

Hearing a live 17-piece Big Band up-close and personal is an amazing experience, and the gratifying response of people coming back to Nellie’s the second Sunday each month shows there’s an audience for Big Band jazz in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs.  We’re looking forward to our second year at Durty Nellie’s, and we’re looking forward to sharing the fun with you!

Durty Nellie’s is located at 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL.  Phone: 847.358.9150.  A big thank-you to owners Mark and Jim Dolezal for giving us a home to create wonderful music and memories for music lovers of all ages!

Visit us at or


Big Band Jazz at FitzGerald’s

Chicago big band the Jazz Consortium Big Band performs swing jazz and jazz-rock favorites.

The Jazz Consortium sax section

Big Band jazz for every taste is in store as the Jazz Consortium Big Band makes its debut performance Sunday, Jan. 15, 6-9:30 p.m. at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, the legendary and well-respected nightclub that’s been featuring the best blues, jazz and rock for over 50 years.  (Click here for more details.)

The 17-piece Jazz Consortium Big Band is honored to join the ranks of big bands that grace FitzGerald’s stage, and we look forward to bringing our own blend of Big Band classics and original compositions to its friendly environs.  Tunes from Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington to Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson will be on tap–we look forward to entertaining you with our wide-ranging repertoire!

Visit us at or

More Chicago Big Band Jazz in 2012

The Jazz Consortium Big Band at Durty Nellie's in Palatine

Where’s Waldo?  Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?  Can’t help you with those, but if you want to know where to find great Big Band jazz in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, the Jazz Consortium Big Band will be swinging throughout 2012 at Durty Nellie’s Pub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL.

It’s the same day and place the Jazz Consortium has been playing since June–the second Sunday of each month in the evening.  This 17-piece band mixes in classic and modern Big Band selections from such bands as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Buddy Rich and Maynard Ferguson, plus original compositions.  And you can eat and drink while enjoying swing, jazz-rock and latin favorites past and present.

Come enjoy the “Swingin’ Second Sundays” every month–who knows, you might even find Waldo grooving to the sounds…

Visit us at or

Live Big Band Jazz in Chicago

The Jazz Consortium Big Band

A personal performance note:  there’s nothing like live music, and there’s nothing quite like hearing a 17-piece Big Band up close and personal.  Come be amazed by the Jazz Consortium Big Band, a swinging, rocking, roaring Big Band that I lead which performs the second Sunday of every month at Durty Nellie’s Pub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine, IL.

It’s not your grandfather’s Big Band–you’ll hear the best of the classic and modern swing and jazz-rock Big Band sounds played with energy and style.  It’s open to all ages, and food and drink are available during our show.   Be there or be square!

Visit us at