The Barristers Big Band
The Barristers Big Band ("BBB") was founded in Chicago in 2000 by
members of The Chicago Bar Association who share a love of big band jazz
and want to keep the music of the great big band era alive. Its members
come from every walk of the Chicago legal community - big firm partners,
solo practitioners, government lawyers, law students and even a sitting
federal judge (whose courtroom serves as the band's rehearsal
The BBB is a repertory band. Over the years, it has studied and
performed the music of many of the great big bands, including Duke
Ellington, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy
Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey and Stan Kenton. The BBB has also collaborated with
long-time Basie trumpeter and composer Bob Ojeda to commission several
original pieces, including the swinging Legal Eagle, the haunting Gotham
Lullaby and the newly minted Obama Suite.
Led by clarinetist Band Leader John Vishneski, the BBB has a special
affinity for charts that incorporate or feature the clarinet, giving the
band its unique sound. With a full set of saxes, including a bari, and a
powerful brass section sporting a tuba, a rhythm section that swings
like mad, three solo vocalists and a female vocal trio, the BBB can play
any style from Dixieland to traditional swing to Bebop.
Many concerts are recorded and are frequently featured
on WCDB 90.9 FM's Saturday night show called Midwest Ballroom. The
Barristers Big Band is always looking for its next adventure.