29-Nostalgics139-Como 200052-Band63 Band Nostalgics, Jack Gillespie, Bill Kotrba, Steve Sopoci

Excerpts from JAZZ NOTES - Jerry Swanberg Oct 1999 of KBEM 88.5-FM radio - Sunday 11pm and Saturday 5pm [Jazz88]
"Big Band Scene ... The Classic Big Band (also known as the Vets Big Band), is a 17-piece aggregation led by trumpeter, Dan Odegaard, and features the Nostalgics Vocal Quartet, who sing like the Pied Pipers. The solo and high note trumpet playing of Jack Gillespie, formerly a lead trumpeter at Harrah's in Reno, is dynamic. Bill Kotrba, who spent three years touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, is terrific on tenor saxophone. Steve Sopoci does a great job on lead and solo trombone. Bob Dean plays lead alto sax and lead clarinet on the Glenn Miller tunes, and plays wonderful solo clarinet on the Goodman and Shaw numbers.

Odegaard, a dentist during the day, has played locally with the big bands of Dick Whitbeck, the Execs Big Band, and the Twin Cities Jazz Orchestra. He also has sat in with Bob Crosby and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Warren Covington.

If you like to dance or listen to vintage swing music catch the Classic Big Band at Wabasha Caves in St. Paul, ..."
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