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Born and raised in Chicago, trumpeter, composer and arranger Randy Sandke was introduced to jazz and the trumpet by his older brother, Jordan. He says he got into jazz "kind of chronologically," beginning with Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong, followed by Dizzy Gillespie, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard. He studied at Roosevelt University with Reinhold Schilke, a legendary teacher and trumpet maker, who was with the Chicago Symphony for many years. Gaining a reputation as a teenage demon trumpet player at local jam sessions, Sandke entered the music school at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, where he met Michael Brecker. Together they formed a rock band with a jazz oriented horn section. Since then he has recorded over twenty albums as a leader, primarily on the Concord, Nagel-Heyer, and Evening Star labels. A recent discography, published by the Dutch jazz scholar Gerard Beilderman, runs to 53 pages. In addition there are guest appearances with instrumentalists Michael Brecker, Benny Goodman, Kenny Barron, Dick Hyman, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Charlap, Eric Reed, Frank Wess, Ray Anderson, Chris Potter, Sweets Edison, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vach, and Mel Lewis. Singers include Mel Torm, Jon Hendricks, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, John Pizzarelli, Gregory Hines, Art Garfunkel, Barbara Carroll, Dr. John, Karrin Allyson, Susannah McCorkle, as well as appearances with Diane Reeves, Sting, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Ruth Brown, Billy Eckstine, and Joe Williams. The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band has performed six of his suites and in 1998, the Concord Concerto label released an album featuring several orchestral compositions performed by the Bulgarian National Orchestra. Over fifty pieces have been recorded. In July of 2003 his "Subway Ballet" was performed at the 92nd St. Y in New York City. He has written arrangements for Sting, Elton John, the King of Thailand, and transcriptions for Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orch.