Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra

Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra

 Evanston, Illinois, USA

The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra is Chicago's most critically acclaimed Big Band. Since 1998, it has been packing Chicago's historic Green Mill jazz club, with its mix of Big Band, swing music and comedic banter in a recreated old-time radio show that brings vintage Chicago back to life.


The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra performs the swinging, jumping music of the 30s and 40s and presents it as if part of an old time radio show, complete with an emcee, actors, engaging banter and spoof era commercials. The combination of music and its era-flavored presentation have made the band an icon on the Chicago music scene.

Every Thursday night since 1998, the band has packed Chicago's historic Green Mill jazz lounge for an experience unlike anywhere else in Chicago. The band was featured in the MGM movie "Return to Me," performed at the Midsummer Night Swing Series at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Chicago Jazz Fest and has opened for such entertainers as Bob Newhart.

The band can add dancers in vintage era as part of the show or to provide dance lessons and/or dance with guests. For private events, the band can perform contemporary music in addition to its Big Band repertoire. See the song list for specifics. Customized commercials can also be created to integrate the band more into an event.

The band has exclusive access to more than 26,000 arrangements from the Balaban & Katz library. It performs such standards as "In the Mood" and "Sing, sing, sing" to songs that haven't been performed in 70 years. If you are looking for entertainment for a casino night or 20s or vintage Chicago party, the band is a perfect choice.


"Working the Swing Shift," and "Making Tracks" 2009. The band's show from the Green Mill jazz lounge also aired on WNTD AM950 in Chicago from October, 2009, to mid 2010.

Set List

The band's set list varies depending on the type of engagement. For concerts, the band plays a lot of the favorites from the 30s and 40s, but mixes in a healthy dose of lesser known songs that are real crowd pleasers. Shows can vary from 60 minutes to 2 hours. For private events, the band can perform longer. Additionally, the band can perform everything from Sinatra standards to Motown to contemporary music for events where someone may want a combination of swing and contemporary.
Below is a sample of some of the swing era songs the band performs:

In The Mood
A String Of Pearls
Pennsylvania 6-5000
Bei Mir Bist Du Schon (Means Your Grand)
Little Brown Jug, 1939
One O’Clock Jump 1938
Sleeper Jump 1943
Take The ‘A’ Train
Sweet Georgia Brown
Brother Can You Spare a Dime?
Sentimental Journey

‘S Wonderful, Gershwin Brothers 1939
Goody Goody
Jingle Jangle Jingle, Kay Kiser 1942
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Minnie, The Moocher
A Tisket, A Tasket Ella Fitzgerald ‘38
Besame Mu