A New Era of Jazz

trailside events

The Central Illinois Jazz Society is ecstatic to announce that our 2017-2018 season will kick off in June at a beautiful new venue: the Trailside Event Center in Peoria Heights.

Go ahead and applaud. We can wait. 

Since the birth of CIJS in 1978 in the backyard of our founder, jazz pianist Doug Lady (now a Senior VP at Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee), we have held our monthly concerts at great spots like The Other Side (inside of Pizza Works), The Distillery, Holiday Inn on Brandywine, Jumer’s Castle Lodge (for many, many years), and most recently The Starting Gate Banquet Room at Landmark.

todd kelly quintet at the starting gate banquet room

todd kelly quintet at the starting gate banquet room

We are beyond grateful to Liz and her team at Landmark for letting us rush over when Jumer's announced its closure. We've enjoyed several memorable seasons at this location.

However, like all good things, our time at Landmark will soon come to an end thanks to an incredibly generous offer from Mark Trompeter, General Manager of the Trailside Event Center. Mark has offered to reserve the third Sunday of every month for our Featured Artist Concert Series, which is a big commitment for a new but already successful venue. 

the blank canvas awaits an era of blue notes

the blank canvas awaits an era of blue notes

CIJS could not pass up this amazing opportunity to initiate a new era for the organization, our guest artists and house band, our supporters, and most importantly our mission.

Offering one night each month to providing staff, bar, and food for a nonprofit with a limited budget is a compassionate commitment for which we will always be grateful…to Mark, Landmark, Jumers and every other venue that has hosted us over the last four decades. 

And so, with a clear view of our potential to grow among Peoria Heights' up-and-coming community of arts and music lovers (and the businesses who serve them), we humbly accepted Mark's generous offer.

the brazilionaires, who will play the final concert at landmark, are the cijs featured artist for may.

the brazilionaires, who will play the final concert at landmark, are the cijs featured artist for may.

Wow. Almost four decades.

With tremendous gratitude and all kinds of excitement in tow, we invite you to follow us to the beautiful Trailside, an expansive and historical venue with beautiful brick walls, gorgeous custom windows, great food and drink options, and the accessibility our patrons have come to appreciate from our monthly concerts.

The phenomenal Todd Kelly Quintet will officially kick off the new season and a new Jazz Age for CIJS on Sunday, June 18.

Each of us at the Central Illinois Jazz Society would like to genuinely thank you all for so many years of loyalty and support, and we cannot wait for you to join us in June as we begin our 2017-2018 season as part of the premiere food and entertainment community of Peoria Heights.

Let the new era of Central Illinois Jazz begin.