Best known for his long association with James Dapogny’s Chicago Jazz Band and his more than thirty-five-year tenure with the venerable Salty Dogs Jazz Band, Kim Cusack has also played and recorded with Gene Mayl’s Dixieland Rhythm Kings, Ernie Carson, Turk Murphy, Georg Brunis, Wild Bill Davison, the Happy Bottom Riding Academy Jazz Band of Dan Williams, and the Jan Garber Orchestra, with whom he was featured tenor saxophonist.
After having lived for several years in Lake City, MN, where he regularly appeared in the Twin Cities with Jim Field’s Mouldy Figs and the Bill Evans New Orleans Jazz Band, Cusack has returned to the Chicago area. There he can be heard regularly at Andy’s Jazz Club with Russ Phillips’ Windy City All-Stars, and often at the Village Tavern in Long Grove. He still occasionally appears with the Chicago Cubs Quintet, the official dixieland band of that baseball team. He is also currently appearing at many festivals as a member of Bob Schulz’s Frisco Jazz Band.