Press Release

WMSE Presents “Big Band Grandstand with Dewey Gill”

The Cab Calloway Orchestra to perform along with The Wisconsin Hybrid Theater

By - Sep 15th, 2014 09:58 am

On Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 p.m. WMSE will transport you back in time as Turner Hall Ballroomwill be returned to the big band era.  The legendary Cab Calloway Orchestra is the main event of the evening.

The 14-piece orchestra will transport us to the days when they were the house band of the historic 1930s Cotton Club.  The Wisconsin Hybrid Theater will intersperse vignettes throughout the event keeping the vibe of the times alive and well.  And if that isn’t enough, Dewey Gill – the man himself – will welcome guests with a special hand-selected DJ set to kick off the whole evening.

Besides an incredible night of entertainment, this will also serve as a fundraiser for WMSE.  There will be both a live and a silent auction.  Monies raised from this event will go to the digitization

and streaming of WMSE’s jazz library.  This will allow music fans everywhere the ability to hear jazz 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“This will indeed be a most visually and sonically stunning event of the year.  And it is to fund an incredible undertaking of digitizing and streaming our jazz library.  We are the only station that actually plays jazz in the Milwaukee market – be it Tuesday morning’s “Free Jazz Barbeque” with Dr. Sushi or “Sunday’s Big Band Show” with Dewey Gill. We’ve got you covered and now we can make that happen 24 hours a day,” said station manager and the evening’s host, Tom Crawford.

So put on your zoot suit, grab your fancy gown and come on down to Turner Hall for a big band night of fun. Tickets are on sale now- www.pabsttheater.org or call 414.286.3663

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