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  Big Band Music - Bandleaders, Musicians And Historic Jazz Magazine Articles
Many of these bands are not included here due to the absence of improvisation or jazz influence in their repertoire.
Case in point, Lionel Hampton had been making big band swing sides with a variety of all-star groups under his own name for RCA almost since his integration into the Benny Goodman outfit in 1936 but it wasn't until 1940 that he left to front his own band.
Although there may not be any earth shattering big band music news flashes in this article, many fans of big band jazz were as interested in personel changes in the great bands as baseball fans are of any changes in a teams roster.
www.swingmusic.net /Big_Band_Playlist.html   (1385 words)

  Big band - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term is synonymous with the bands of the Swing Era, which were popular through the 1930s and 1940s, but is generally applied to any large jazz ensemble.
Music for big band is highly 'arranged', leaving only specified gaps for jazz soloists, in contrast to the improvisational nature of most jazz combos.
When the whole band is playing tutti (in unison, or all the same), the lead trumpet player is still considered the lead player of the band and is followed in phrasing, articulation, etc., by the rest of the band.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Big_band   (1301 words)

 Mr. Big (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Big combined two popular musical trends of the rock scene in the 1980s: a particular brand of hard rock, focused on melodies and listener-friendly choruses, and impressive technical proficiency, then called shredding.
The band comprised of Shrapnel artist and former Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert, Pat Torpey on drums, and singer Eric Martin, who had a number of album releases throughout the 1980s with his Eric Martin Band.
Tensions in the band between Billy Sheehan and the other members, especially Eric Martin, led to the band's demise -- contractual obligations for yet another Japanese tour were fulfilled in the form of a "farewell tour".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mr._Big_(band)   (550 words)

 The Origins Of Big Band Music
Big Band Jazz, according to one historian, had its start in New Orleans in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American war.
The same arrangements which brought Henderson's band lukewarm interest proved to be dynamite for the Goodman band.
With big band Swing music in full flower, it was only logical that jitterbug dancing should also rocket to national popularity, which it did.
www.redhotjazz.com /bigband.html   (2091 words)

 Mingus: The Mingus Bands
Mingus Big Band at the University of Denver, Colorado Television
The Mingus Big Band celebrates the music of the composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, who died in 1979.
The 7-piece Mingus Dynasty has rejoined the family of the Mingus Big Band and the Charles Mingus Orchestra in bringing the great legacy of Mingus composition to audiences around the world.
www.mingusmingusmingus.com /MingusBands   (188 words)

 Swing back in time with the Yachats Big Band on Oregon's Central Coast...
This 17-piece big band plays newer tunes of the day, as well as the music of your life from the Big Band Era.
Couples, families and singles are invited to dance to the Big Band Classics of Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others or just come listen and enjoy an evening of great entertainment.
About Us The Yachats Big Band was formed by Bill Bryner in 1992 with the members coming from all walks of life, but all sharing a common interest in big band music.
www.geocities.com /yhtsbgbnd   (2000 words)

 Big Band Jazz Music
Friends of Big Band Jazz is the support group for MVJO and MVBB.
The goals of Friends of Big Band Jazz, the MVJO, and MVBB are to perform meaningful music, talk about the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.
Friends of Big Band Jazz (FBBJ) is a California 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to perpetuate big band jazz music as an American art form.
www.bigbandjazz.net /new-design/about.asp   (693 words)

 All about The New Vintage Big Band
because of what "big band" means to me – an exciting and dynamic musical art not limited to musical styles 60 years old.
Membership in the band should be considered a way to have fun, express yourself musically, and display your talents to other musicians and to the public - not as a way to make lots of money.
The band maintains a mailing list for this purpose which we can make available to the scheduling individual or group.
www.bigbandjazz.com /band.htm   (769 words)

 New Page 1
The band's 250+ song list also includes many specialty dance numbers: Tango, Cha-cha, Waltz, Jitterbug, Foxtrot, Polka, Rhumba, Mambo, etc. There are many songs from the 1920's to the 1990's including all styles of Jazz, Dixieland, Ragtime, Latin, Salsa, Bebop, Show Tunes Movie and TV themes, and novelty numbers.
Jupiter II He is in demand as a session musician and sideman, frequently appearing with all sorts of groups from symphony orchestras to rock and roll bands.
The Scott Harris Big Band is the ideal entertainment for conventions, weddings, parties, openings, receptions, reunions, trade shows, dinner dances, fund raisers, night clubs, cruise ships.
www.scottharris.com /bigband   (411 words)

 big-band jazz - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about big-band jazz
Swing music created in the late 1930s and 1940s by bands of 13 or more players, such as those of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.
Big-band jazz relied on fixed arrangements, where there is more than one instrument to some of the parts, rather than improvisation.
Big bands were mainly dance bands, and they ceased to be economically viable in the 1950s.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /big-band+jazz   (131 words)

 Hire A Big Band, Big Band Music, Jazz Big Bands, Big Band Era
Big band music is a style of jazz originating in the 1930's and 1940's.
Big bands were made famous by such jazz bands as Duke Ellington's Big Band, Benny Goodman's Big Band, Woody Herman's Big Band, and Count Basie's Big Band.
Big bands are hired to play at many types of events including weddings, dances, concerts, conventions, parties, and corporate events.
www.gigmasters.com /BigBand/BigBand.asp   (304 words)

 About Us: Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band - Swing Music - Big Band Music - Jazz Music - Dance Music
This band's impressive collection of musicians and their musicianship is what makes the Swing Machine stand taller and swing harder and longer than any other band on the scene today.
The musicianship of this band allows it to play to any situation, be it a dance or a concert.
Each band leader had his own concepts and musical style and Art absorbed their knowledge of sound and taste for arrangements.
www.artabrams.org /about.shtml   (834 words)

 Jelly review: Mingus Big Band
This is a shame, since Mingus is one of a handful of truly great jazz composers, extending the tradition of Ellington and Monk, and striding the full range of jazz from gospel and Dixieland to hard bop and free jazz.
The Mingus Big Band, run by Mingus's widow Sue, evolved from the large group put together by Gunther Schuller for the posthumous performance of Mingus's massive "Epitaph." The band plays weekly in New York with a revolving list of performers and arrangers.
I have to say, this CD does an amazing job of capturing the feel of the band in that situation, and it also reveals a ton of detail that's tough to hear in the cramped quarters of Fez.
www.jellyroll.com /01/mingus.html   (900 words)

Big band charts, combo charts, vocal charts by top writers in pdf format for less than $20 bucks.
His Long Island based band has now recorded four CDs of his arrangements of standards and several original tunes, all of which may be purchased at reasonable cost from his web site.
Big Band Arrangements - All Together Now - A new collection of classic and original arrangements in a modern setting, designed to be extremely flexible for class use in solo, group or full Big Band.
www.fredonia.edu /rac/bigbandarrangements.htm   (2619 words)

This is your guide to a selection of 'special' BIG BAND RECORDINGS and a wide selection of BIG BAND ARRANGEMENTS.
You will see a link to my 'amends' page, within are potted reviews of a variety of new big bands on CD including some selected collegiate jazz ensembles (big bands) from the USA in fact anything that should appeal to big band fans.
This enterprise created so much interest that the scope of the catalogue was extended to introduce excellent, hitherto relatively unknown big bands to a wider public.
www.btinternet.com /~j.r.killoch   (601 words)

 magic and accident + matthew herbert big band
In 2001, as part of the score for a French musical 'Le Defi', directed by choreographer Blanca Li (pop culture fiends know her for her work in Daft Punk's influential 'Around The World' video), Matthew Herbert was asked to write three pieces for a Big Band.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 2002, the ensuing album, 'Goodbye Swingtime' attempted to move away from the modern association of big bands with decadence and opulence and address it as a musical form worthy both of respect and indifference and whose merit should be judged on a piece by piece basis.
The big band set up of 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 saxophones, piano, bass and drums were always considered a set of parameters to work with, rather than a staple of convention.
www.magicandaccident.com /matthew_big_band.htm   (551 words)

 Garritan Jazz & Big Band
Here are the first demos of the new Garritan Jazz and Big Band library - a library we hope will help fill a conspicuous vacancy in the world of sample libraries.
A Big Band arrangement by Gary Lindsay with varioust combinations of instruments in a brief amount of time.
In the coming weeks and months there will be additional demos showing section work and full big band mixes, along with more of the individual instruments, programming features, and brass mute choices.
www.garritan.com /jazz.html   (1303 words)

 Rod Pierson Big Band featuring Craig Boche
The band has a flexible songlist to customize a backdrop for you that’s distinctly witty and elegantly fit.
The band’s instrumentation and size (13) allows for versatility and the entire band’s list of credits and performances reads like a "who’s who" from decades of America’s most popular artists and groups.
The band’s mixture of class and cool guarantees a memorable performance without a lot of show biz pretense.
www.rpbigband.com /index.htm   (110 words)

 Mirage Big Band - San Diego dance band for corporate special events
In San Diego since 1993, under the leadership of Richard Steffens, The Mirage Big Band Orchestra has been thrilling meeting planners, destination management companies, conventions and all of their guests with big band swing, jazz, rock, blues, disco, salsa and variety dance music of all styles.
Among San Diego bands, Mirage Big Band is the one more hotels, special event coordinators and entertainment agencies recommend for variety dance music and professional event leadership.
The band has a wide variety of attire options: elegant white dinner jackets, sophisticated fl tie tuxedo, snazzy sports coat and tie and other tastefully coordinated outfits to blend in with the theme of your party.
mirageband.tv /bigband.html   (681 words)

 Welcome to GeorgeGee.com
Fuel by the recent resurgence of interest in Big Band Swing and Lindy Hop and the mass addition of new swing jazz music lovers, George Gee has taken advantage of the climate by presenting a fun and high energy showcase of the Big Band style and ideology.
Classic big band swing jazz, meant for both listenin’ and dancin’, with a nod toward the jump styles of some of George’s favorites: his musical idol and mentor – Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, Fats Waller, Edgar Sampson and Jimmy Rushing.
Our previous CD (with the full 17 piece Big Band) recording (with the full 17 piece Big Band), “Settin’ the Pace,” recorded with big band legend and NEA Jazz Master Frank Foster, is still enjoying regular airplay on jazz radio stations around the country and beyond.
www.georgegee.com   (1057 words)

 Big-Band News
When the late-night news was over, his band playing "The Tonight Show" theme was the first thing most of the sleepless nation...
From Cuban percussionist Anga to the Massachusetts big band Either/Orchestra, from ex-Police guitarist Andy Summers to avant-garde composer...
Maynard Ferguson, 77, a legendary big band star of six decades, has launched another one of his marathon tours of one-night stands with his Big Bop Nouveau ensemble that sets down April 10 at 8 p.m.
www.topix.net /music/big-band   (657 words)

 The Big Band Sound jazz orchestra
In the tradition of these great orchestras, The Big Band Sound is a 20-piece jazz band consisting of six saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, guitar, bass, piano, drums, and male and female vocalists.
The Big Band Sound has an active library of hundreds of compositions, from jumping jive to slow and sweet, all to bring the brassy big band era boisterously to life.
The foundation of the band's repertoire is based firmly in the classic swing era of the 1930s and 1940s with all those golden hits, but the band also performs a wide variety of music from the 1950s through today that continue the tradition of the stirring, full-bodied sounds of the big bands.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/bigbandsound   (463 words)

 Straight Ahead Big Band, Jazz and Swing Music
The results were the big band's "The Third Time" and the combo's "Book Six." Nancy wants to record some Christmas music next, so we'll see where that leads us.
The band started in Redding about twenty years ago, as a rehearsal band, when its founder and former manager moved up from Santa Cruz with a folder of big band charts.
If you have a chance to catch the big band in a live setting, you’re in for a real treat, because there is nothing that compares to a real full sized band of this type, and this group does it very well, indeed.
www.straightaheadbigband.com /booking.htm   (1031 words)

 Swing Music Net - Jazz Music And Jazz History
Furthermore smaller jazz groups, comprised of both former big band era soloists and new young musicians alike, have continued to utilize many parallel distinctions of the language of swing in their playing and recordings since the fall of the big bands.
Our mainstream jazz and big band music radio clambake is now in its its 22nd year of continuous broadcast.
Not your typical big band “canary” Anita’s voice was heard soaring over the brassy bands of Gene Krupa and Stan Kenton during the Swing era.
www.swingmusic.net   (1280 words)

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