"I found myself alternating between repeatedly closing my eyes and listening - ah, the smooth and peacefulness - and looking up and watching Gina who appeared a still mesmerizing cross of Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Julie London."
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Gina Marie DeGregorio, leader of the Gina Marie Swingtet, is a singer with a bold yet soothing sound. She specializes in the stylings of the famous swing era female crooners such as Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, and early Doris Day. In addition, Gina specializes in the '20s/30's vocal stylings of Connee Boswell.
Her trio includes Chicago legends Paul Asaro (piano) and Jon Otto (clarinet/sax). Together they provide a sound that is both fresh and nostalgic delivered with captivating energy. They deliver popular as well as rediscovered songs from the Great American Songbook. For situations involving a lively upbeat dance environment, Gina's Swingtet delivers upbeat swing with authentic 30's/40's stylings. For intimate settings, the trio evokes the class and sophistication of old Hollywood.
Gina has performed at many classic and historic locations throughout Chicago including the Chicago Hilton Grand Ballroom, Coq D'Or Lounge, Drake Hotel Palm Court, and the legendary Green Mill Jazz Club, as well as repeat appearances at Caveaux De Huchette, Caveaux Des Oubliettes and Bateau Dauphine in Paris. She has toured Ecuador both teaching and performing at the University of Quito, Mozarte Conservatorio, and Estudio de Percussion.
In addition to leading her own lounge trio and swingtet, Gina is the drummer/vocalist with Paul Asaro and his Rhythm, Arranger and Mezzo-Soprano with the Vintage vocal trio Chicago 'Swell Sisters, and a regular featured vocalist at the Green Mill Chicago with the Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra. She has also been a featured performer with the Chicago Cellar Boys, Speakeasy Swing, The Flat Cats, The Swinging' Brothers in Bogota Columbia, Pies en la Tierra in Quito Ecuador, The Paradise Harmonians, West End Jazz Band, and many others.
Gina is also passionate educator teaching percussion, voice, and Scholastic jazz band and pedagogy. She is working to bring the early jazz tradition back into the mainstream jazz curriculum with her young as well as college-age students.