Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra
Start Date/Time: Friday, March 10, 2017 9:30 PM
    The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra reproduces an authentic “live radio broadcast” show, complete with singers and radio actors—as if it were a real, live broadcast. We use period-authentic big band arrangements and transcriptions as played in the 1930s and 1940s on radio and in theaters. In order to keep our performances fresh, Alan has gained access to the Balaban and Katz Theater Orchestra Collection of original stock dance band arrangements and sheet music, now in the possession of the Chicago Public Library. Additionally, Alan has also sought out collectors and private music collections locally and nationally in search of those rare and hard-to-find gems from the Swing Era.

In the 1930s Jazz was everywhere! There were live network radio broadcasts of jazz bands performing in ballrooms, hotels and at radio stations. Seeking an alluring escape from the grim realities of the Great Depression, Americans everywhere found it through the music emanating from their radios. Radio allowed the music of Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Jimmy Lunceford, The Casa Loma Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Artie Show, Glen Miller and many others to enter the living rooms of America.  Let the Swing Shift Orchestra take you back to this golden age!

Showtimes:  9:30pm & 11:30pm
Admission:  $15