Chicago Grandstand big swing band

swing band

Bill Gilardon, director


Quotes and Press!

Read what people are saying about the CGBB...

“…CGBB is a unit of seventeen musically infested guys that whole heartedly enjoy blaring out the likes of Stan Kenton, Quincy Jones, and Count Basie. And if you’re lucky, as we were the night we dropped in, the band blasts a mellow rendition of Glenn Miller’s 1939 hit, “In the Mood…”
Illinois Entertainer

“…at Biddy Mulligan’s, when the enthusiastic Chicago Grandstand Big Band plays through a Sammy Nestico or Les Hooper arrangement, you literally can feel the impact of the brass…”
Night Life critic
Chicago Tribune

“…the Chicago Grandstand Big Band offers a diverse musical menu. Some original tunes, many original arrangements and frequent forays into Latin and African rhythms, served up with buckets of enthusiasm…”
Chicago Magazine

“…the band really caught fire, not only playing with a tight ensemble already displayed during the first set, but also with an exciting drive from which grew fresh sounding and well developed solos…”
Jazz Magazine

“…every Tuesday forget about the blues with Chicago Grandstand Big Band. The rest of the time we have the blues…”

For further information about upcoming Grandstand performances, contact Bill Gilardon at (708) 386-8790 or e-mail

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