But even at the height of big band mania, small ensembles often stole the show. Hot, small combos turned the tables on 'big band supremacy' when dance band spin-offs began to top the charts. The Crosby Band had the Bob Cats.
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Courtesy of the artist hide caption. Ah, the s — that now-you-malign-it, now-you-don't decade of seemingly endless cultural reaping and debate. Was it the best of times, the worst of times, or a little of both?
Music fans of all ages instantly recognize the sights and sounds of the music made famous during World War II. The swinging rhythms, combined with the vocal styling's of Denis Burgess complete the package, making every performance a night to remember. The finest musicians in the state of Wisconsin join John in recreating the sights and sounds of an era of which there will never be another. SwingShift is comprised of 5 saxophones, 3 trombones, 3 trumpets, piano, bass and drums.
The Mini Big Band specialise in performing one of the finest modern swing, jazz and jive shows around. The 10 piece band create a swinging sound like no other; featuring some of the countries finest musicians incorporated into a swinging rhythm section, a powerful 6 piece horn section with a charismatic Rat Pack styled vocalist capable of charming any audience. All of this is mixed with sharp suits, beautiful vintage instruments and an authentic big band stage set, which is sure to give any event a real touch of class.
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Though the golden age of big band music is associated with the 30s, it originated a decade earlier, in the Jazz Age, when jazz bandleaders began to lead groups that emerged out of small jazz combos, swelling in size and musical ambition. Fletcher Henderson was a major force in establishing big band music, with accomplished ensembles that included musicians of the quality of Louis Armstrongsaxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter, and clarinettist Buster Bailey. Even Armstrong, whose work with his Hot Five and Hot Seven Bands had been so innovative in the 20s, began working with an orchestra, producing his own marvellous big band music.
The roots of big band music date back to the s and '40s when a group of 12 to 25 musicians used to play arranged jazz music. The era was popularly called the Swing Era, and the large ensembles that played this music often collaborations of more than a dozen musicians were called big bands. The Swing Era was known for dancing and swinging around to the music of big band orchestras. Every big band had its own bandleader, lead arranger, and personnel.
International Big Band Directory ibd. Jonathan Katz directs, composes, arranges, and plays piano for the group, which he founded in Two French horns add a mellow roundness to our sound.
Swing musicor simply swingis a form of popular music developed in the United States that dominated in the s and s. The name swing came from the 'swing feel' where the emphasis is on the off—beat or weaker pulse in the music. Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement. The danceable swing style of big bands and bandleaders such as Benny Goodman was the dominant form of American popular music from toa period known as the swing era.