BURNETT, JOHN SWING ORCHESTRA / West of State Street East of Harlem -CD *Delmark 584
with special guest Randy Sandke
In addition to being the host of WDCB’s “All Things Jazz” John Burnett is the leader of “maybe the best contemporary swing big band on the planet.” Amazon.com.
Formed in 1999 this orchestra is comprised of top-notch Chicago musicians and features guest vocalist Frieda Lee. This liverecording was captured at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL (the album title refers to the street location of the venue) and the band is joined by special guest trumpeter Randy Sandke. Groovin’ High, Night In Tunisia, Struttin’ With Some Barbeque, One O’Clock Jump, Sweet Georgia Brown, April In Paris and more. “His object is to keep the big band aliveand swingin’. In this, he has done admirably well.” -Louie Bellson.