The Gatsby Strutters Jazz Band plays music from the early swing era when couples were dancing the Charleston and the Lindy Hop at The Cotton Club and The Savoy in Harlem. In addition to Hot Jazz and early Swing the band plays the best songs from the Great American Songbook. Ragtime, Traditional Jazz, Tin Pan Alley Songs, Prohibition Music ... no matter what you call it, above all, it IS PERFECT for a Great Gatsby Theme Event! The Gatsby Strutters capture the spirit and energy of the roaring twenties with the music of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton and many more.
The Gatsby Strutters Jazz Band consists of trumpet, clarinet, banjo, and acoustic bass with optional drums and trombone. The Gatsby Strutters have created a fun and festive atmosphere at Great Gatsby Themed events for TD Bank at The Commodore Ballroom, Nike at The Rocky Mountaineer Train Station and at many private parties and special events. These hot musicians are also featured with dancers and Vaudeville performers in a high flying show called The Great Gatsby Revue.
Leader of The Gatsby Strutters Jazz Band is trumpet player Al Guraliuk. Since receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia in 1979 he has been actively involved in Vancouver's musical community. Al has traveled to New York, LA, New Orleans, Havana and Rio to further study music.
As a jazz musician, Al strives to attain a balance between emotion and technique and, above all, a sound that really swings. He has been a featured jazz soloist at concerts held at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and The Arts Club Theatre. With The Gatsby Strutters Jazz Band Al plays both hot shout choruses and sweet ballads setting the perfect tone for any event.