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WMSE’s 5th Annual Big Band Grandstand

Chicago Jazz Orchestra performed and WMSE Sunday morning host Dewey Gill played his old 78s.

By - Dec 11th, 2018 04:25 pm
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WMSE’s 5th Annual Big Band Grandstand w/ Dewey Gill featuring the Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Cavalcade and Gala & Silent Auction was held at Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday December 9, 2018. Photo by Erol Reyal.

WMSE’s 5th Annual Big Band Grandstand w/ Dewey Gill was held at Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday December 9, 2018. Photo by Erol Reyal.

WMSE’s 5th Annual Big Band Grandstand w/ Dewey Gill featuring the Chicago Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Cavalcade and Gala & Silent Auction was held at Turner Hall Ballroom on Sunday December 9.

Tom Crawford, WMSE Station General Manager was the Master of Ceremony for the gala, concert and silent auction to benefit community-powered independent radio station WMSE.

The Presenting Sponsor was Jenny and Bob Hillis, in honor of Bob and Genie Friedman. Mr. Robert George Friedman was inducted into the “Big Band Hall of Fame” in 1992.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra performed its Big Band Cavalcade with 18 musicians paying tribute to all the great big bands from the height of the big band era that included Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and more. The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra opened the evening and WMSE’s “King of Swing” Dewey Gill, host of the 9 a.m. to Noon Big Band Program Sunday mornings on WMSE since 1981, spun original 78’s from the vaults of his vast music library.

Founded in 1979 by Jeff Lindberg, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is Chicago’s oldest continuously operating professional jazz orchestra.

It was a great event for jazz lovers and WMSE fans. Our photos capture the action.

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