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Update 5-30-17

♥ Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

♥ We would like to welcome our newest member Michael Klayman (BJS-0147) to the group. He showed up to 5 regular meetings over the past few months and was awarded his Name Badge and Membership Card this past week. Welcome to the club!

♥ The Hello Pineapple results have been updated for Round 5 (May). Due to the live jazz event on June 1st, the prizes will be not given out until the following week on June 8th. Winners must show up that week to claim their prize.

Update 5-15-17

♠ We are currently looking at taking another Field Trip to see the Chicago Jazz Festival at the end of August. If you are interested, then please let us know right away as we need at least 35 people signed up before we can reserve the bus.

♠ The live Jazz event for May will be held on June 1st. The live Jazz event for June will be held on June 29th. Hope to see you there!

Update 4-15-17

Happy Easter Everyone!

♦ Due to the holiday the Jazzy Notes Newsletter will go out on Monday, April 17th.

♦ BJS Members - Log-in to the Members Only section in the month of April for Jazz Apperication Month and get 4 lines of tickets for the Main Raffle. Its that simple!

♦ Hello Pineapple will be drawn the weekend of April 22nd. Results will be posted on Monday, April 24th.

Update 03-25-17

Another great event for the BJS with 12 Years of Supporting Jazz on March 23rd, 2017. A word of thanks to everyone who attended and to our Sponsors on the night from Palmer Place, We're Nuts Popcorn and Network XXIII Photos.


Round 3 for the Hello Pineapple is complete. The results are posted in the Member's Only Section. Winners can pick up their prize during the March 30th presentation.

Update 03-16-17

This week we welcome two new Members John Scott (BJS-0144) and Beverly Scott (BJS-0145).


Next week we look forward to everyone coming out to the 12th Anniversary Party featuring Ava Logan Quartet.

Jazz in Review: The Beginning

The Brookfield Jazz Society (BJS) held their first meeting in the lower level of the Brookfield Village Hall on a Thursday in March. There were only 15 people in attendance to listen to Ian's first Jazz Presentation. Just six months later the very first Live Jazz Event took place in the Cozy Cottage at the Irish Times Pub. After that the BJS quickly grew with more people in attendance, attracting more membership and many more bands to perform, some more than once, for the attentive audience. Ten years later there were over 370 presentations, over a dozen special events, and over 130 live jazz events.

Ian presents at first meetingTo honor all those who supported Jazz by performing over the years, an Epic Presentation was created called Jazz in Review. The idea was simple: Play music from each band that performed for the BJS that provided a CD from their group to be presented with information and pictures that told a story of how the BJS came grow over the years. However, the simple idea became such a grand idea that not one, not two, not even three, but four parts were needed to cover everything.

Each of the following articles include a brief overview of the what was shown during each part of the presentation. The first three parts offer music from the first 10 years of live jazz events. During the presentations those who attended voted on each of the bands. At the end all of the ballots were counted and the top 20 musicians/bands were featured in the countdown from Jazz in Review: Part 4. Click on the title below to jump to keep reading about the Epic Presentation known as Jazz in Review.

Next Article: Jazz in Review: Part I

Facts about the BJS

The following information covers the activity from the first 10 years (March 2005 to March 2015) of the BJS:

Total meetings/live jazz and special events:
 » Lower Level Meeting Room (Brookfield Village Hall): 35
 » The Cozy Cottage (Irish Times Pub): 428
 » The Jazz Room (Sawa's Old Warsaw): 35
 » Village of Brookfield: 5
 » City of Chicago: 3

 Breakdown of activity:
 » Regular Meetings: 376 (Presentations, Free & Easy, Jazz Socials, Movie Night, Jam Nights)
 » Live Jazz Events: 134 (Cozy Cottage and The Jazz Room)
 » Nothing Happening: 52 (Holidays, Mother Nature, etc.)
 » Special Events: 9 (Fourth of July Parade, Jazz in the Park, etc.)
 » Special Live Jazz: 3 (Jazz on the Road)
 » Special Activity: 3 (BJS Field Trip)

List of Special Activities and Events:
 » Fourth of July Parade - The BJS entered a float to let people know about Supporting Jazz in Brookfield during the town's 4th of July Parade
 » Jazz in the Park - An event held at Kiwanis Park in Brookfield that featured Jazz on a Sunday afternoon back in 2006
 » Jazz on the Road - A special live jazz event held in the West Banquet Room of Sawa's Old Warsaw on a Sunday afternoon
 » BJS Field Trip - Everyone took a bus to see the Jazz Festival in downtown Chicago on a Thursday night in Millennium Park

Frequent Questions and Answers

Q: What is an "Epic Presentation"?
A: The best way to describe it is having a presentation come together that no one else can produce or perform that does more than just entertain or inform the audience on a given topic.

Q: How often does the Jazz in Review presentation get done?
A: There were only four parts done for this presentation that was featured between April 2015 and April 2016.

Q: How did you come up with all of those stats?
A: The original BJS website hosts a complete journal of all of the activity that takes (or not) place every week.

Q: How long did it take to make the presentation?
A: All together you are looking at 300 to 400 hours put together between the four parts. That includes the time spent to create the database where all of the information was complied and totaled for the stats. Most of the time was spend on the production between compiling the music, selecting photos, creating slides and creating the DVD.

Q: I wasn't able to attend the presentation, is there any way to watch it?
A: BJS Members can request to check out the Presentation DVD for a limited time to view at home.

Today's Date:

The Jazz Room

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