Tim Gill's Gin Mill Grifters are a dynamite six piece band performing Chicago Style Prohibition-era hot jazz of the 20's, 30's and 40's in the vein of Bix Biderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Condon and Benny Goodman, with a healthy dash of barrel house boogie-woogie thrown in for good measure. Slicked out in period duds that would make Gatsby jealous, the Gin Mill Grifters bring new life to classic dixieland and trad jazz standards. Tim Gill's swinging trumpet and lush vocals front this band, which also features the hot clarinet sounds of Danny House and the rhythmic pump of Karl Kerfoot's guitar. It's all backed by the swinging All-Star rhythm section of Nick Schaadt, Adam Bravo, and Jimmy Ford.
Tim Gill's Gin Mill Grifters have been a surefire hit with the swing dance scene, as well as delighting dixieland and trad jazz enthusiasts with their spot on presentation and picture-perfect period style.
The Grifter's first EP, "The Bootleg," features a few of their staple show numbers. "When You're Smiling" lets the band take off on a round-robin of tasty, swinging solos, led off by Danny House's clarinet; Adam Bravo's striding piano gives a warm underpinning for Tim's crooning take on the classic "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams"; The infectious bounce of Kid Ory's "Muskrat Ramble" is a toe-tapping flag-waver with a hot drum solo by Jimmy Ford. Guitarist Karl Kerfoot lends some banjo twang to propel Nick Schaadt's arco bass on "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"; Kerfoot and Schaadt both get a chance to shine again on the freight-train rhythm of the "Gin Mill Boogie," where the band also joins in on a rousing gang vocal.
The tempos are right in the pocket for the dancers, while the boys' musical antics will keep the wallflowers' ears happy. A perfect pairing with a highball of bathtub gin.