Alan Gresik

Alan Gresik

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1930s rock n' roll radio show featuring Amanda Wolff on vocals. It's the rock music of the 1930s not to be confused with the modern bigband. They are two different entities. Just think of the old time Warner Brothers cartoon music melded into a live 1930s radio broadcast.

Biography

Have you ever been to the Green Mill Lounge on a thursday night in Chicago?
90% of our material are original songs that haven't been heard in 75 years. It's the rock music of the 1930s and 40s. Not bigband music as of today but completely fresh and witty. Experience a live 1937 radio show in 2010. Totally entertaining and riveting. Typically, 12 to 14 songs are done per set with 3 vintage spoof radio commercials. All the music arrangements we use are the original stock arrangements that were used by radio station staff orchestra's during the 1930s and early 40s.
There is no dead air between our numbers.
Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra is a "Show".

Discography

2000 - Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra appears in MGM motion picture "Return To Me" and is featured as the orchestra during the fundraising scene.

Our thursday night performance at the Green Mill Lounge is recorded live every week and rebroadcast on WNTD 950am on fridays nights from 8-10pm. Broadcast is also on the internet during the show. When's the last time you heard live music on am radio?? In Chicago??

Set List

Serenade To A Savage 1937
Aint cha Got Music A. Wolff v
S"Wonderful - Amanda Wolff
Blue Coal commercial
Mama, I Want To Make Rhythm - Cab Calloway
Cuban Mambo
Romance of the Century
Commercial
In The Mood
Kiss of Fire - done as a rhumba featuring David Sherman
Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear
commercial
Harlem Nocturne
There I Said It Again - Amanda Wolff vocal with piano
The Peguin - Raymond Scott
Sing Sing Sing

Each set is hand picked by Alan Gresik who has access to over 26,000 stock arrangements from the Balaban and Katz theatra orchestra collection.