Alan Gresik's music spans decades in both repertoire and experience. As a solo pianist, he mixes and matches famous melodies with new rhythms to liven up a room with wonderful atmosphere, whether a casual dinner event or a black-tie corporate party.
Far surpassing canned music or a DJ, Alan uses his artistry to read the room and keep listeners enthralled. His music, based solidly in the golden era of Swing, infuses melodies from pop songs and standards, from many different eras as well as different cultures from around the world, into an instantly appealing experience.
He thinks outside the box with an uncanny ability to develop interpretations and rhythmic styles in new ways; making music that is soothing and exciting at the same time.
“If you love swing era music, Alan Gresik is the real thing. I've seen the sparkle return to the eyes of those who connect with this music and with Alan. It's a beautiful thing! Alan lives and breathes music of the swing era with precision and authenticity. And it shows.” - Laura Witt, Entertainment Director, Oak Trace Senior Community
Gresik keeps the music alive and thriving with his big band: Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra. A staple performing weekly at Green Mill, Chicago's world-renowned jazz club, this entertaining show is steeped in the traditions of Swing Era jazz, with spoken word radio show commercials a dash of humor. His band has not only entertained thousands of people over nearly two decades, but given hundreds of musicians a stepping stone in their careers by providing a real-life training ground in vintage styles used in pit orchestra in downtown theaters (but not taught in Universities). Noticing that traditional music training doesn't address this unique 1930s style, he passes the torch of swing era music to vocalists with his Swing Era Vocal workshops, to keep the spirit and technique alive for listeners for years to come.
Gresik has been performing in the Chicago area for decades; and is the first professional musician to regularly perform at the Chicago-based Potbelly's Sandwich franchise. At the original location on Lincoln, back in 1995, it's not surprising that the restaurant invited him to return week after week after he came in and saw a piano up in the loft and asked, “is it Ok if I play that?”
Chicago Jazz Magazine and WGN Radio are just some of the media outlets that have interviewed Alan, sharing his story and music with a wider audience.
For events, from solo piano to full band, Alan Gresik Music can provide portable keyboard and/or full PA, making it an easy choice to bring great music – and a bit of the Chicago jazz legacy to your event.