The Central Illinois Jazz Society

Submitted by: Dick Marsho, President

The Central Illinois Jazz Society
Serving Central Illinois Since 1978 presents CIJS House Band at 6:00 p.m.

Featuring Guest Group John Miller and the Romaniacs at 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
The Starting Gate Banquet Room, located in Landmark Recreation Center
3225 N. Dries Lane, Peoria
(Parking is available in Landmark lot and across Dries Lane)

John Miller and the Romaniacs will perform as the guest group for the Jazz Society’s October program. John Miller leads the Romaniacs on guitar. Joining John are Andy Crawford on bass, Joe Park on guitar, and Larry Harms on clarinet and soprano sax. The Romaniacs play a “gypsy jazz” style of music, based on that played by Django Reinhardt. The Hot Cub of France was the world’s first jazz club, established in 1933. The music was called “jazz hot” by the French. They hired many American artists, but the “house band” was Django’s Hot Club Quintet, who were Gypsies, along with violinist Stephane Grappelli. Grapelli was a trained musician. The Quintet played their version of American jazz, which had the Gypsy “overtones”, which may be referred to as an accent in a language. The Romaniacs have tailored this sound to create a blend of traditional gypsy songs, Django Reinhardt songs and modern American gypsy songs. For this concert, to give an authentic Django Reinhardt experience, all tunes will be Django Reinhardt compositions.

Their most recent CD, “Le Café des Rêves”, includes songs by vocalist, Beverly Barnes. This CD and their previous CD, “French Kiss”, will be available at our program. The CDs are on the WGLT play list. You will enjoy this lively music, which has become increasingly popular. The Romaniacs are the only Central Illinois band playing this style of music.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society (CIJS) House Band will play during the first set, under the leadership of Larry Harms. The CIJS House Band features outstanding jazz musicians from the area. They will entertain you with a mixture of jazz styles. For more information call 692-5330 or visit For more information about our location, visit Food and beverages are available for purchase at this live jazz program.

Admission:  $5.00 Members     $7.00 Non-Members     Students are free

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