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Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Band with Special Guest Tappers Reggio "The Hoofer" and George "Mo Leggs" Patterson - 7pm show - 12/2
at City Winery Chicago
- 5:00 pm
- 7:00 pm
Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra has been performing every Thursday night at the Green Mill Lounge since 1998, with band leader Alan Gresik performing with his own bands since 1983. The band has a unique "1930s rock 'n roll" type of sound, and maintains fresh, unique performances by including a variety of songs on a regular basis, chosen from the large collection of over 26,000 pieces of sheet music and stock arrangements held by the Music Information Center of Chicago Public Library. Swing Shift Orchestra is Chicago's premier Big Band. The ensemble performs the jumping, swinging music of the 30s & 40s and has appeared in the MGM movie "Return to Me," on national TV and at such events as the Lincoln Center's MidSummer Swing Series in New York, and Taste of Chicago. Tonight, 11 members of the Swing Shift Orchestra are joined by two rhythm tappers.
WGN TV called the band "great!" WTTW TV said "You've got to see this band."
REGGIO THE HOOFER
In about the second grade I saw my first tap dance performance. There was one guy dancing with all the girls, and I knew then that this was the art form for me.I started putting bottle caps on the bottom of my shoes, trying to imitate tap dancing on the sidewalk. I was introduced to my first tap dance teacher Jimmy Payne Sr. who gave me a solid foundation. I loved how tap dancing made me feel! I got ambitious and took to the streets; clacka, clacka, clacka, and a rat-a-tat-tat.
I began to dance in the Chicago subway stations, which is truly an underground world. Down there people would say anything, do almost anything, but that is where I developed a sincere connection with people. I learned how to perform down there. I saw what worked and what didn't by how people reacted. As time went on I got out the subway and took it to another level. Agents called who once turned me away at the door. I developed a school program, started teaching, began doing community service, producing shows and traveling. Reggio will be joined by George “Mo Leggs” Patterson, who counts among his affiliations the Jesse White Tumblers and Broadway’s “Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk.”