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Pikes Peak Jazz And Swing Society

Contact information:
PO Box 6802
Colorado Springs, CO 80934
(719) 632-6331

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Give! Campaign

Give! Campaign logo

PPJASS has been chosen to participate in the sixth annual Give! Campaign. Created by the Colorado Springs Independent in 2009, and now powered by the Independent and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Give! is a year-end philanthropic initiative designed to encourage everyone in the Pikes Peak region to give back and get involved with local nonprofits. Last year alone, this unique community program generated $1,176,027, and in the past five years has garnered over $3.4 million for 113 organizations. We are thrilled to be a part of this year's campaign!

The Give! Campaign kicks off November 1, and continues for two months, until midnight of December 31. Thanks to matching grant pledges from the Bain Family Foundation, the Dusty and Kathy Loo Fund, the PPJASS Board of Directors, Friends of Colorado Springs Jazz and an Anonymous donor, $3,200 has been promised to PPJASS. The folks behind the Give! Campaign have determined that we need to raise $4,300 in order to receive all of the matching funds. That would give us a total of $7,500, but we have our sights set on $10,000.

So, what part do you play in this venture? Beginning November 1, you can go online to indygive.com and make your donation to any one, or more than one, of the 75 nonprofits in the 2014 campaign. We certainly hope you will make your donation to PPJASS (look for us in the See Art/Make Art category), but would also encourage you to give to other organizations as you see fit. It's quick and easy, and the more you give, the more Rewards you will be entitled to (rewards are no-strings attached gifts from local businesses in exchange for your gift, and start at the $25 level). If you'd rather not make your donation online, you can use the mail-in form found in the Give! Guide that will be available with copies of the Independent starting November 5. We will have plenty of forms at the November and December Second Sundays, and will be glad to help you fill them out. Complete information about Give! can be found both online and in the print guide.

PPJASS involvement with Give! is the single greatest fundraising opportunity in the history of the organization. Monies received will enable us to continue with Second Sunday Jazz Affairs, Jazz In The Parks and our jazz education programs in our upcoming 31st year of fulfilling our mission to "preserve, support and foster jazz" in the Pikes Peak region. We do hope you'll come through for PPJASS during the final two months of 2014.

P.S. There are two special incentives to jumpstart the giving: Any nonprofit that raises at least $5,000 from at least 20 donors between noon, November 5 and midnight, November 9 will receive an equal share of a $50,000 prize; Any individual who donates at least $10 each to at least five different nonprofits in a single transaction between noon, November 5 and midnight, November 9 will be entered into a sweepstakes for a fully-paid two-year lease on a 2015 Subaru Impreza (to qualify, you must donate online, opt in to the Sweepstakes, and indicate who is to receive the car). So give early, and give often. We're counting on you.

On your mark! Get set! Win! Give! Impreza prize Give Run Walk Masquerade

Second Sunday
Jazz Affair

November 9th

Dick Cunico's Little Big Band

Cunico Big Band photograph

The "Little Big Band" is a seven piece ensemble comprised of Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass, Guitar, Drums and Vocals. The group performs Contemporary and standard Swing, Blues, Rock, R&B, Country, Dixieland and Ballroom Dance Music. The band was formed in 1997 by drummer, arranger, composer and vocalist Dick Cunico. Since that time the group has performed for a vast variety of events.

Band members include (from left to right): Mike Maddux, Guitar; John Byrne, Bass; Rex Matzke, Tenor sax; Dick Cunico, Drums & Vocals; Louise Wilson, Trombone; Chris Walters, Trumpet and Chris Wojtecki, Alto & Bari sax.

Second Sunday Jazz Affairs 1 PM - 4 PM
Olympian Center business logo. The Olympian Reception & Event Center
975 S Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO

Second Sunday Jazz Affairs feature a buffet of salads, crudités, meats, breads, cheeses, chips, dips and a dessert bar for $15 or the dessert bar with coffee for $10.00 Buffet tickets are separate from the admission charge of $5.00 for members and $10.00 non-members. All members and guests are encouraged to participate in this very lavish and tasty buffet while enjoying the musical entertainment.
Food purchase is optional, but highly encouraged!

Click here for the complete 2014 Second Sunday Jazz Affair schedule

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands Flier Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band New Horizons Band


The Pikes Peak Jazz And Swing Society is your window into the jazz world. The monthly newsletter, Pikes Peak Jass Notes, and the weekly email blast, PPJASS eNotes, provide information about jazz events and programs, locations of clubs which feature jazz in the Colorado Springs area and other news of interest to the jazz lover.

Second Sunday Jazz Affairs are held monthly and feature a variety of music, jamming and dancing. Admission charges are minimal. Special events and concerts featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians are scheduled regularly.

Outstanding regional high school student/musicians interested in jazz are encouraged through the $2,000 Danny Stevenson Memorial Scholarship awarded annually to a student planning to continue jazz studies in college.

Professional musicians are recognized by the Alice Award given annually to an individual who exhibits a high degree of musical talent and experience, and who also possesses those intangible attributes that can only be described as "class."

Mission Statement

The mission of the Pikes Peak Jazz And Swing Society is to preserve, support and foster jazz in its various forms; to provide encouragement to jazz musicians in their efforts; to provide scholarships for jazz education; to assist members in their knowledge and enjoyment of jazz; to provide a focal point for the exchange of information about jazz and jazz musicians, and to provide a social environment in which to experience jazz.