With all the drive and spontinaeity of a backroom speakeasy jam session, Tim Gill's Gin Mill Grifters lay down piping hot traditional jazz and swing in the style of Eddie Condon, Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, and Louis Armstrong.
Hot Jazz & Swing of the 1920's and 1930's
Tim Gill's Gin Mill Grifters are a dynamite trad jazz ensemble specializing in Prohibition-era hot jazz and swing of the 1920's and 1930's. The sounds of Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Eddie Condon come alive to delight a new generation of listeners and dancers.
Tim Gill's swinging trumpet, pumping guitar, and lush vocals front the band, which also features the hot clarinet sounds of Danny House and the brassy tailgate of Ben Devitt's trombone; all backed by the swinging All-Star rhythm section of Nick Schaadt, Adam Bravo, and Jimmy Ford. The ad-hoc nature of the ensemble's lineup is often accentuated by special guest musicians and vocalists.
Growing up on the sounds of old records played on his grandparents' turntable, Tim Gill developed a passion for hot jazz and swing very early on. "I was enthralled with the joy, the pure vitality and groove that eminated from those old records," he says. "Starting my own ensemble that would represent these same roots was a natural step for me."
Tim Gill's Gin Mill Grifters have been a surefire hit with the Los Angeles swing dance scene, as well as delighting trad jazz and swing enthusiasts with their spot on presentation and picture-perfect period style. Their debut EP, "The Bootleg," was released as an online-only exclusive in December 2013. Their performances have taken them to such varied destinations as Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the EAA Airventure airshow in Oshkosh, WI.
The Grifters' unique educational clinic gives insight and discovery to the foundational roots of jazz. Their passion for the art and combined years of experience has been recieved with enthusiasm at K-12 and college level music programs around the country, inspiring a whole new generation of jazz students to discover the under-represented cornerstone styles of trad jazz and swing.