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Published on Nov 30, 2008
Chicago Grandstand Big Band has been an integral part of Chicago's entertainment community for over 32 years. This band has an extensive selection of arrangements that encompass everything from the Swing Era (Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, etc) to Big Band Jazz (Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman etc.). Vocals include great standards such as "When I Fall In Love," "Orange Colored Sky," and "It Had To Be You." The featured vocalist is Julie Ann Caselli, whose unique vocal style, along with her warm and friendly rapport with the audience, is truly a show in itself. Other tenured members include drummer Bill Byan, whose performance on "Sing, Sing, Sing" rivals the original. Trumpeter Nick Drozdoff, alto saxophonist Mike Cosentino, and tenor sax man Vins Johnson offer exciting performances on their respective instruments, as well. Trombonist / music director Bill Gilardon has been involved with this great band almost from its inception. He likes this group of "18 musically infested guys" to focus on performing as much classic big band repertoire as possible, including a rare performance of the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto. Chicago Grandstand is one of the featured bands at FitzGerald's, 6615 W Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn, IL. Call (708) 788-6670 for dates and times, or visit www.chicagograndstandbigband.com.