Jazz Consortium teams up with Mundelein High on October 9

The Big Band Jazz Consortium begins its 11th year of hosting local high school jazz ensembles as guest artists with a performance by the Mundelein High School Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, October 9 at Nellie’s Gastropub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine.

Mundelein will play at 6 p.m., immediately followed by the Jazz Consortium, which will play until 9 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.: $10 cash; $5 for students 17 and under. Catering service is available and reservations are suggested by calling (847) 358-9150, ext. 2, where to visit nellieslatine.com.

“We look forward to another year of giving local school jazz bands the opportunity to perform in a club setting,” said Jazz Consortium bandleader Roy Vombrack.

“Our audience can hear the next generation of jazz musicians coming, and students can hear a professional big band up close and personal.”

Well into its 12th year of residency at Nellie’s, the Jazz Consortium Big Band’s brassy mix of four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes and a rhythm section first came together in the mid-1970s, consisting of the former and present University of Illinois, in northern Illinois. College and Northwestern University musicians passionate about big band music.

The group continued to perform at jazz clubs, nightclubs, and concerts throughout the Chicago area, including an appearance at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Consortium disbanded in the early 1980s, with most members pursuing full-time music careers. The band reunited in 2010 and has been performing since the second Sunday of the month at Nellie’s in Palatine, as well as various gigs and clubs in the Chicago area.

Ada J. Kenney