|Tags:||jazz instrumental big band instrumental jazz under 2000 listeners|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
Randall Sandke, 23 May 1949, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Sandke took an early interest in jazz and began playing trumpet, studying under Frank Tirro at a small private school in Chicago. He played in the school band which at the time included trombonists George Lewis and Ray Anderson. Sandke also wrote music which stood him in good stead when he suffered serious throat problems necessitating surgery. He continued to work in music, employed by ASCAP and also played guitar and piano. In 1980 he was persuaded to resume playing trumpet and he also returned to studying, taking more care with his technique in order to avoid a recurrence of his throat problems. In the early 80s he toured extensively, including playing in bands led by Peanuts Hucko and Bob Wilber. As a child he had been attracted to the jazz of Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke but by the time of his resumption he was intrigued by trumpeters such as Clifford Brown.