Jazz in Chicago

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Marc Piane, Nov 26, 2004.

  1. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    I have a group that does all orginal jazz in Chicago. I'm shopping for gigs without a ton of luck. Any suggestions of where to send our demo?
  2. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I used to live in the Windy City, but things change so the venues I'm naming could be defunct by now.

    Green Mill on Broadway
    Green Dolphin Street on Ashland
    Elbo Room on Lincoln Ave
    Fitzgerald's in Berwyn
    Cotton Club on Michigan Ave
    Andys off of Hubbard

    Check out the Chicago Reader or the Illinois Entertainer and look up the Jazz clubs listed there. That would be a great place to start. The weekend section of the Tribune or Times is a good resource as well.

    Also, look outside the club scene. Since you're playing Jazz you'll have in roads where many rock bands won't. Take a look into some of the swanky hotels in the area and see if you could perform there for an event. Give a call to the various event and wedding planners in the area. Try calling some of the cultural associations to see if they are sponsoring any performances. They might be able to get you into a gig at a museum or other event that will get your band great exposure.

    Hope this helps.