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Recently Vigore Chicago visited  a new hidden Chicago gem the “UNTITLED” on Kinzie Street in the River North area.  This downstairs speakeasy atmosphere is the perfect supper club to enjoy big band music, dancing and dinner.  Several large rooms separate the space that are interesting and full of happy energy. The music by John Burnett’s Swing orchestra was tight, crisp and not too loud.

John Burnett’s orchestra 1940s-era music delights longtime and new young 20 to 30 year old fans evoking memories of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie, with its cheerful and full of energy tone tailor-made for dancing. While the greats may be gone, current bands like Chicago's John Burnett Orchestra, keeps the music alive. Burnett’s orchestra includes five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, piano, bass, drums and at least one vocalist.  

About John Burnett: John Burnett was introduced into the Swing Era when the bands of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Red Nichols, Chicagos Mugsy Spanier were all being played live on the BBC in London. John recalls the music and the bombing raids, scary sounds and whistle of descending bombs and the fiery buildings all around as he was led to safety during World War II. 

It all started at age 5, John Burnett, from his own curiosity was pounding away at the piano with one finger at a time, desecrating the song You Are My Sunshine.  After hearing this, John’s foster mother pushed him to play the piano and would not let him leave the house to go play with other kids until he had done a couple of hours of music practice every day. “ I had to play the darned tune every time a relative came to the house for a visit.” John grew up dedicated to music, learned the cornet and trumpet at the age of 7, joined local brass bands in England, joined a local big dance band at 16.

Later on in the mid 1950's along came the Movie "The Glenn Miller Story" followed by "The Benny Goodman Story" and Five Pennies, the story of cornetist Red Nichols. In 1957, John got drafted in the British Army as a bandsman where he attended the Royal Military School of Music. John was consumed by music. His energy and passion along with his 78 rpm record collection of those early bands gave him the inspiration and desire to become the second Glenn Miller. A dream that is still with him today.

Most speakeasies were a higher-class establishment that offered food and entertainment and some even required a coat and tie for men and evening dress for women.

Vigore Chicago -

John Burnett goes

over music arrangements before a show with Louie Bellson famous drummer and husband of Pearl Bailey

Big Bandswere

the rage just like

rock-n-roll and

now they are

back again.

JohnBurnett recreates the music of Chicago’s

“King of Swing” Benny

Goodman& GeneKrupa

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