Big Band music returns to Nellie’s in Palatine on June 13


After a pandemic-induced 14-month hiatus, the 17-piece Jazz Consortium Big Band returns to their “home” performance at Nellie’s Gastropub and Concert Hub (formerly Durty Nellie’s) from 6-9pm on Sunday, June 13.

Just in time to celebrate its 10th anniversary at Nellie’s, an array of newly arranged Big Band music styles will greet the band’s returning audience. Entrance fees are $10 cash for adults and $5 for students 17 and under. Nellie’s is at 180 N. Smith St., Palatine. For more information, call (847) 358.9150 ext. 2, or visit

“People are constantly asking when we’ll be back – it’s quite gratifying,” bandleader Roy Vombrack said. “Hearing Big Band music can be such an uplifting and happy experience, perfect for celebrating our anniversary and the end of COVID restrictions.

“And I want to add a big thank you to owners Mark and Jim Dolezal for taking a chance in 2011 and giving us a regular, monthly ‘house’ to share our love of Big Band music with everyone,” Vombrack said. .

With a line-up of five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones and a rhythm section, the Jazz Consortium Big Band was founded in 1975 by music-loving music student friends. The band performed at clubs and concert halls across the Midwest, including the Chicago Jazz Festival.

The band members have gone on to prolific professional careers in the studio and on stage with a wide range of artists and Big Band icons, including Tony Bennett, Maynard Ferguson, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Diana Ross and Frank. Sintra.

More information about the Big Band Jazz Consortium and its upcoming schedule can be found at

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