Randy Sandke

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Randy Sandke in rehearsal with Ken Peplowski, Scott Robinson, Jack Stuckey, Byron Stripling, Joe Ascione, John Allred and Howard Alden
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Randy Brecker and Randy Sandke with George Wein All-Stars at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
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Although trumpeter Randy Sandke is best known for playing classic jazz and swing, he has always been interested and quite adept at playing more modern jazz. Born in Chicago in 1949, he began playing trumpet when he was 10 and also learned piano. While attending Indiana University in 1968 he formed a rock group with Michael Brecker. Sandke was offered a chance to join Janis Joplin’s band but he developed a hernia in his throat and, although he underwent a successful operation, he stopped playing trumpet for most of a decade, playing piano and guitar instead. Sandke returned to the trumpet in 1979 and became one of the most technically skilled players on the instrument in trad jazz. He worked with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks for five years, Bob Wilber, the Benny Goodman Orchestra of 1985-86, the Newport All-Stars and the Buck Clayton Big Band (1986-91). Sandke has since performed at many classic jazz parties, recorded with quite a few all-stars (including Jon Hendricks, Ralph Sutton, Kenny Davern, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski, Karrin Allyson, Marty Grosz, Daryl Sherman, Flip Phillips, Dick Hyman and Johnny Varro’s Swing 7), and visited Europe over 20 times. On his Re-Discovered Louis and Bix recording for the Nagel-Heyer label, he very ably plays the roles of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. In addition, some of his own recordings are much more modern, featuring him holding his own with the likes of the late Michael Brecker and Ray Anderson. His Metatonal and Inside Out Bands feature Sandke creating fresh new music.

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Articles on Randy Sandke

08/05/10    Author Author    By Lee Mergner

Randy Sandke: Let the Facts Speak

November 2009    Columns    By Nat Hentoff

From 4 Years Old to 84, A Jazz-Band Ball

March 2009    Albums    By George Kanzler

Unconventional Wisdom
Randy Sandke

October 2006    Albums    By Owen Cordle

The Subway Ballet
Randy Sandke and the Metatonal Big Band

October 2006    Albums    By Owen Cordle

The Subway Ballet
Randy Sandke and the Metatonal Big Band

08/02/06    Concerts    By David French

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival 2006

October 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Now & Again
Dick Hyman and Randy Sandke

October 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Now & Again
Dick Hyman and Randy Sandke

October 2005    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Trumpet After Dark
Randy Sandke Quartet

October 2005    Albums    By Owen Cordle

Trumpet After Dark
Randy Sandke Quartet

January/February 2004    Brass Tracks    By David R. Adler

Cliffhanger
Randy Sandke

July/August 2003    Brass Tracks    By Harvey Siders

Celebrating Bix!
Various Artists

May 2003    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

The Music of Bob Haggart: Under the Direction of Randy Sandke
Randy Sandke

March 2003    Features    By Bill Milkowski

Pain For Pleasure: Injuries in Jazz

October 2002    Features    By Ed Berger

Randy Sandke: Ellingtonal to Metatonal

December 2000    Albums    By Doug Ramsey

The Re-Discovered Louis and Bix
Randy Sandke and the New York All-Stars

June 1998    Albums    By Jack Sohmer

Awakening
Randy Sandke

April 1998    Albums    By Jack Sohmer

The Music of Trumpet Kings
Harry Allen and Randy Sandke

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Awakening

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The Re-Discovered Louis and Bix

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Inside Out

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Cliffhanger

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Trumpet After Dark

Evening Star Records
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The Mystic Trumpeter

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Outside In

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Now & Again

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The Subway Ballet

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The Music of Bob Haggart: Under the Direction of Randy Sandke

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Celebrating Bix!

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The Music of Trumpet Kings

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Unconventional Wisdom

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