Stardust Big Band

One of the most popular big bands in Chicago during the 1980’s and 90’s was the Déjà Vu Big Band. Now, several veterans of that group have come together once again to form the Stardust Big Band.

Led by award-winning composer-arranger Jon McGahan, the Stardust Big Band is dedicated to promoting and continuing the jazz traditions as practiced by Maynard Ferguson, Neal Hefti, Bill Holman, and Quincy Jones among others. This 13-piece ensemble combines inventive writing with vibrant solos by some of Chicago’s finest big band practitioners.

The Stardust Big Band has been the house band at Cafe Touché in Edison Park and Romano’s in Park Ridge, just recently completed a two-year residency at the Heartland Café Bar, and played to enthusiastic audiences at local venues such as The Abbey, Crimson Lounge, The Horseshoe, Red Kiva, Wise Fool’s Pub, Reggie’s, World of Beer, downtown Evanston’s “It’s Thursday-Let’s Dance!” series, and the Chicago Hot Dog Festival.

For more information on the Stardust Big Band and The Stardust Sextet, along with a selection of audio and video samples, please visit us at:

or call (773) 564-0881

And remember… Jazz is supposed to be FUN, and we’ve got the band to prove it!

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