The Chicago Hot Six Jazz Band

Location: IL, PA, NY, MD


Concert the first Thursday of EVERY Month starting Thurs 2 Sept 2010 from 6-9PM
Nikos Lodge Restaurant
41W379 Illinois Route 64
Wasco, IL 60183
(630) 443-8000
Roy Rubinstein 
Roy Rubinstein Trombone
Chicago, Ill

Roy is a physicist and Assistant Director at Fermilab in Batavia, IL, and has been playing jazz trombone for over fifty years. Roy began playing in his native England, then in New York, and then in the Chicago area since 1973. His rhythmic style is a tribute to his favorite trombonists, Kid Ory and Jim Robinson. For the past three decades Roy has led his New Orleans style Chicago Hot Six Jazz Band in the Chicago area. Roy has also played with many other Trad bands from Connecticut to California.

John Skillman 
John Skillman Clarinet
Dekalb Illinois & Lake Wales Florida

Electronic Engineer, retired president of Skillman Engineering of DeKalb, IL. John plays with the Buck Creek Jazz Band on the National Jazz Scene. John is the leader of the Barb City Stompers Band in Dekalb IL and is the clarinetist for the Chicago Hot Six Jazz Band. In addition to being much in demand in the Chicago area, he is also the leader of the New Orleans Nighthawks Jazz Band in Florida. John also is the clarinet player in the International CanAmGer (Canadian-American-German) Jazz band. He has performed at numerous jazz festivals in USA, Canada, Scotland and Europe. His style ranges from down-town New Orleans to Chicago to Swing.

Sarah Spencer 
Sarah Spencer Tenor Sax
City, Ill

Tenor saxophonist Sarah Spencer is a young star of New Orleans jazz. She started at the age of eight on clarinet in England, where she grew up. She has been described as "one of the exciting new young breed of traditional jazz players and the hottest tenor saxophonist on the jazz scene today". Sarah is well known in Europe, New Orleans, and New England for her driving New Orleans style. When Sarah was very young, the late Norrie Cox, formally the Chicago Hot Six Clarinet player, played Clarinet in jam sessions at her parent's home in England. Later, after Sarah moved to the USA, Sarah was visiting Chicago and went to hear Norrie with the Chicago hot six and was asked to sit in. She writes that experience gave her "a huge feeling of a circle having been completed". Sarah now lives in Connecticut where she play with several bands, and still has her own band in England too. She currently works as a licensed massage therapist.

Jack Kuncl 
Jack Kuncl Banjo
City, Ill

Jack played Banjo with many bands in the Chicago area, but is best known for his work, (since 1969) with the Original Salty Dogs Jazz Band. Jack is a veteran of the Chicago traditional jazz scene, having played with almost everyone who is anyone in the city.  Jack is a professional musician who can be heard on many recordings with various bands.

Mike Zudis 
Mike Zudis Bass
City, Ill

Mike Zudis (bass) started playing drums in high school, and then also learned tuba, bass and banjo; he first played jazz as a teenager. In 1962 he entered military service and played in several Air Force bands in 17 countries. He has been a valued member of many Chicago area rhythm sections, in a variety of styles, on bass and tuba over the succeeding years, including the last two decades with the Banjo Buddies.

Mike Albiniak 
Mike Albiniak Drums
City, Ill

Mike Albiniak has been playing drums for over almost fifty years, and has played a wide variety of music, including modern jazz, rock, traditional jazz and in show bands, concert bands and symphony orchestras. Currently Mike’s playing focus is his first love, traditional jazz, as the main drummer with the Barb City Stompers, the Chicago Hot Six and several other traditional jazz bands in the Midwest and west coast. Mike is the Midwest area labor relations manager for a major trucking company.

Jim Carney 
Jim Carney Drums
City, Ill

Jim Carney (drums) has played with many bands in the Chicago area over the past three decades, including the West End Jazz Band, the Barb City Stompers and the Chicago Hot Six; in addition, he leads the Crocodile Jazz Band. Jim is a retired derivatives trading executive.

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