Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra

  • Lou Rugani

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    Lou Rugani has been performing with the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra since 2005, but broke into Chicago-Milwaukee area radio at age 28. His longest on-air show has been the 17-year “Music of the Stars” on Sundays over WLIP AM 1050. Versatile in many forms of vocal styles, Lou is currently on the silver screen playing college professor Daniel Steiner in the new sci-fi picture Time-Men.

  • Matt Lewis

    Matt Lewis has been a regular face on the Chicago music scene since 1993. A graduate of DePaul University, Matt has been leading his own band since 1999. In addition to the Swing Shift Orchestra, Matt also leads the Chicago Groove Collective and is an Artist in Residence for the Ravinia Festival Music Discovery Program. Matt performed for 2 1/2 years with actor Gary Sinise’s “Lt. Dan” Band, which tours internationally for U.S. troops. Matt has numerous recording credits including a Grammy nominated album with Ralph Covert as well as projects for the Joffrey Ballet, Steppenwolf Theatre and The Goodman Theatre.

  • Amanda Wolff

    Vocals

    Amanda Wolff, a Chicago native, has been singing professionally for over ten years. She received a BA in vocal music from Augustana College and a Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. She has performed with a number of big bands, jazz combos and an a cappella group as well as made three international USO tours. She has also performed at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and three international USO tours. In addition to performing, she teaches choir for Merit School of Music and does occasional music direction for local Chicago theatre productions.

  • Alan Gresik

    Alan Gresik has been performing Big Band and swing music for more than 25 years. His first band, Big Al’s Hot Dance Orchestra, was launched in 1982, in Denton, TX. Alan moved to Chicago, started the Swing Shift Orchestra in 1997 and has been entertaining audiences throughout the country ever since.

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Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra

Every Thursday night since 1998, the Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra has been packing Chicago’s historic Green Mill Jazz Club. Complete with an emcee and actors doing era commercials, this unique 15-piece orchestra tears it up on stage performing swing music standards in an old-time radio show format. Dancers in period costumes can be added as part of the show or to dance with guests at your event or fundraising gala.

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