Jazz Jubilee A ‘Success’

7/11/11 – Organizers with the Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee are calling this year’s event a success. The annual event in Fox Lake pays tribute to hometown legend Bunny Berigan. In 2009, the Jubilee was trimmed down to one day because of the economy but organizer Julie Flemming says this year’s event brought in enough money to hold a three-day festival again in 2012. The Jubilee this past May included performances by Bunny’s nephew Kaye Berigan, along with the Rhythm Aces, Talk of the Town and also the final performance of the Bunny Berigan Memorial Band led by the Rev. Al Townsend. Flemming says Wisconsin-natives Bob Schulz and Bob Hirsch of California will be returning with a new line-up as part of the Bunny Berigan Jubilee Band. Flemming says next year’s Jazz Jubilee will also, no doubt, feature a tribute to Bunny’s daughter. Joyce Berigan Hansen – who was said to be a big fan of her dad’s legendary swing music – passed away on the Fourth of July at the age of 74. The Bunny Berigan Jazz Jubilee will be held next year on May 18, 19, and 20 with the theme “Where History and Music Will Come Together.”