THE PROHIBITION ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO
MARCH 18, 2018
The Prohibition Orchestra displays a beautiful feel for some complex charts. Their repertoire includes many jazz standards as well as hot dance numbers. The band has access to the Balaban and Katz Archive, a massive collection of stock arrangements once owned by the theater chain and provided to their theater pit bands. Donated to the Chicago Public Library, it constitutes one of the largest collections of stock arrangements anywhere. Roughly 26,000 of these arrangements were saved at the last moment from being tossed in the trash during the renovation of the Chicago Theater. The Prohibition Orchestra is serious about exposing people today to the music of the 1920’s as accurately as possible and that includes capturing the era’s brash sense of fun.
Band members include Gus Friedlander, on banjo, is the founder of this ten piece hot dance band. He has played with Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra, also leads the Whiskey Hollow Bluegrass Band and plays traditional Irish music. He plays four and five string banjos, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle and bass and teaches these instruments. charter lead trumpeter and vocalist Peter Bartels, a veteran of various Dixieland and jobbing bands, and Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. By day he teaches music in the Chicago Public Schools. Paul Basa is a member of the “In Full Swing” big band. He has played with many R&B legends including the Temptations and Aretha Franklin. He is also a teacher and technician. Trombonist Dan "Fuzzbone" Sniderman is a veteran of the Big Swing, the Swing Shift Orchestra, The Déjà Vu Big Band, and the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. His bold, punchy style has led to a reputation as "Chicago's Most Dangerous Trombonist"! Airan Wright is a multi-instrumentalist and a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. He plays saxophone in Mucca Pazza and the Big Shoulders Brass Band. Kurt Bjorling (who has played before with us at the Glendora) is subbing for Juli Wood, our regular tenor player. Kurt Bjorling, tenor saxophonist tenor saxophone, plays many styles of music on many different instruments, for instance, he is the director of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble. In addition to performing and teaching locally he often teaches at special workshops both in the USA and abroad. He also repairs and customizes musical instruments. Fernando "Fred" Garcia is a veteran of the latter-day Guy Lombardo Orchestra. Pianist David Drazin is the leader of his own group, the Ambassadors. He travels locally and nationwide, specializing in the accompaniment of silent motion pictures. Sousaphone/Tuba player Gary Schepers is well-known around Chicago and is one of the city's most in-demand live sound engineers. Drummer Tim Mulvenna has a long resume includes work with jazz musicians including the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. (www.timmulvenna.com) Vocalist Andi Tauber born in Augsburg, Germany, has been singing popular and jazz standards for many years and teaches piano in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago..