John Burnett Swing Orchestra – West Of State Street / East Of Harlem
Delmark DE 584 (2009)
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 live recording 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. “His object is to keep the big band aliveand swingin’. In this, he has done admirably well.” -Louie Bellson.