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  Swing (genre) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Swing music, also known as swing jazz, is a form of jazz music that solidified as a distinctive style during the 1930s in the United States.
Swing is distinguished primarily by a strong rhythm section, usually consisting of double bass and drums, medium to fast tempo, and the distinctive "swing" that's common to many forms of jazz.
In later decades, the popular, sterilized, mass-market form of swing music would often, and unfortunately, be the first taste that younger generations might be exposed to, which often led to it begin labeled something akin to 'old fogey big-band dance music'.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Swing_music   (721 words)

 Swing rhythm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In music, swing rhythm is a convention that the half beats are played not equally as written, but with the first longer than the second and the shorter second note having an accent.
In dance music, swing rhythm generally refers to the metre of the music, rather than to this convention of notation, so any music played with the triplet timing and swing accent will be referred to as swing rhythm however it is written, see below.
In jazz and big band music, a shuffle is almost always accompanied by a distinctive cooking rhythm played on the ride cymbal or hi hat.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Swing_(music)   (515 words)

 What is swing music?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
If the music is played in a swing style, however, one of the notes in a pair 'steals' some of the other one's duration, so that they now of unequal length, the first of a pair usually being the one that gains duration and the second the one that loses duration.
Music for swing dance, like that for rock'n'roll (and practically everything else that is not either a waltz or Latin), is written in 4/4 time, meaning that it is composed of bars each of which contains 4 beats.
Swing music is composed to a fairly strict formula, and in almost all cases (the exceptions being acts of deliberate rebellion, which do not often appear in dances anyway), they consist of two contrasting themes called the A and B themes.
www.retroswingusa.com /whatisswingmusic.htm   (1161 words)

 HUP Popular Music/Jazz/Swing Changes/Excerpts
Swing was widely perceived, and understood itself, as both Other and Self--at once marginal and similar to an "ideal picture of America" the defining of which was a central cultural achievement of the years in which swing flourished.
Swing seemingly had appeared so quickly and mysteriously that it was unclear whom to turn to for an explanation, or even what sort of definition would be appropriate.
A definition that was not given at the onset of the swing craze is the one that has come to be accepted among historians: a stage in the development of jazz characterized by written arrangements and performed by big bands--or small ensembles culled from those bands--during the 1930s and 1940s.
www.hup.harvard.edu /features/popmusic/excerpts/swinge1.html   (1598 words)

 Between the Wars: The Swing Era
By the late twenties, musicians had begun modifying the forms of "jazz." In the 1930s a new form of jazz had emerged, called "swing." Swing music was characterized by very large bands, fixed, usually written arrangements, and solos by individual musicians in turn instead of group improvisation.
Swing bands typically used an upright or double bass instead of the tuba which had often characterized dixieland, and played repeated "riffs" to give the music its propulsive rhythmic force.
Swing bands ranged from "Kansas City" style groups like Count Basie's, which emphasized a very bluesy, intensely riff oriented style, to New York based bands like Duke Ellington's or Glenn Miller's which experimented with a more orchestral range of colors.
chnm.gmu.edu /courses/hist409/swing.html   (1228 words)

 Swing History origins of Swing Dance
With the discovery of the Lindy Hop and the Jitterbug, the communities began dancing to the contemporary Jazz and Swing music as it was evolving at the time, with Benny Goodman leading the action.
In the late 1930's and through the 1940's, the terms Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Lindy, and Swing were used interchangeably by the news media to describe the same style of dancing taking place on the streets, in the night clubs, in contests, and in the movies.
From the mid 1940's to today, the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Lindy, and Swing, were stripped down and distilled by the ballroom dance studio teachers in order to adapt what they were teaching to the less nimble-footed general public who paid for dance lessons.
www.centralhome.com /ballroomcountry/swing.htm   (1376 words)

 History of Swing Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The development of swing coincided with the emergence by 1932 of the 13-piece dance band; the music was thus most often played in "big bands" such as those led by Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Earl Hines.
The swing rhythm section became an important element in rhythm-and-blues and hence in early rock-and-roll, and was also used by some traditional jazz groups from the early 1940s.
Although in the late 1940s the swing style ceased to be the dominant movement in jazz, it continued to attract excellent young players such as Ruby Braff, Ruby Kuhn, Claude Bolling, and John Fraddis, and was still commercially viable in the 1980s.
www.andersonsymphony.com /ecsb/history.htm   (326 words)

 WowEssays.com - Swing Music
Swing Music During the nineteen thirties and nineteen forties a certain style of music became very popular.
Although this type of swing dancing was developed after the main swing years, it is what kept swing dancing alive during the 1970’s and early 80’s.
There are many forms of swing dance and people choose the style that appeals to their tastes and where they live.
www.wowessays.com /dbase/ad5/blc424.shtml   (1058 words)

 Swing Music Net - Big Band Music / Jazz History
The period of the 1930s and 1940s is thus far the only age in history when the popularity of jazz eclipsed all other genres of music in the U.S. It is an epoch known as the big band era, and during it swing music was king.
The language of swing is still spoken today by a number of talented latter-day jazz musicians and modern swing bands.
In the mid 1990s renewed interest in swing music was fueled by a swing dance resurgence of the Lindy-hop and jitterbug swing dances.
www.swingmusic.net   (1147 words)

 Swing That Music
The Federation publishes its own monthly music magazine called "Swing Music." The United Hot Clubs of France publishes its own magazine, called "Hot jazz." They are all swing lovers, but in France they use the term "hot jazz" to mean the new music.
The swing idea of free improvisation by the players was at the core of jazz when it started back there in New Orleans thirty years ago.
I think all American swing lovers should support these new American hot clubs, the way Europeans have supported their clubs, and that new clubs should be formed in other cities and colleges.
xroads.virginia.edu /~ASI/musi212/emily/armstrongtext.html   (1152 words)

 LA SWING & LINDY HOP! - SWING HISTORY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In the mid 1930's, as the swing music of Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford and Lionel Hampton embraced the nation, the lindy hop became the rage of the young generation.
The combination of swing music’s popularity and the talented dancers moved the lindy from ballroom to the stage and screen.
Swing music's popularity continued through the World War II years when ensembles toured Army and Navy camps both at home and abroad.
www.geocities.com /Broadway/Balcony/1404/history.html   (1758 words)

 Online NewsHour: Back In The Swing December 2, 1998
Swing has sprung, and it isn't just the seniors who are swinging.
SPENCER MICHELS: Today's swing music is nearly the fl magic that got people swinging back before World War II, when Count Bassie and Duke Ellington and later Bennie Goodman and Glenn Miller used a new sound to energize the crowds.
Now we have mass-produced music, and maybe this is a little bit of, you know, searching for something that's not so mass-produced but maybe more hand crafted or that sort of thing.
www.pbs.org /newshour/bb/entertainment/july-dec98/swing_12-2.html   (1287 words)

 Swing Out New York Swing Dance Server
The dean of swing dancing in New York City, a founder and president of the New York Swing Dance Society, dazzling dancer, and noted teacher.
The studio is also known for West Coast Swing with it novel rotating roster of visiting national dancers and dance champions and its Tango and Latin programs.
US Swing Dance Server This is a most comprehensive swing Internet site with superb information about swing.
www.swingout-ny.com   (796 words)

 A Definition of Swing Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Not all swing music is written in 4/4 time, much of it is written in 2/2 time, sometimes 6/8 or 12/8, so forget about triplets, straight eights, etc. for now.
I have done more research, I have listened to scores of swing records, I have analyzed a few commercial MIDI sequences I have purchased over the years, I have discussed this with a few other professional musicians, and I have analyzed the swing feel feature of a couple of drum machines and professional sequencing packages.
All professional MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) sequencers Master Tracks Pro, Band-In-A-Box, Cubase, Performer, Composer, etc. all let you apply a swing feel to a point in between 66.7 and 75% of the time period between the beats you are adjusting the swing to.
www.swingcraze.com /ussds/swing_definition.html   (924 words)

 What is Swing?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Some people consider swing to be a kind of a dance, defined by steps.
Swing music is a kind of Jazz music.
Swing music started in the mid-1920's, and was really popular among African Americans until it entered the mainstream around 1935.
dancing.org /swing-what-is.html   (449 words)

 Boston swing band has big band sound with 6 pieces plus vocalist.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This swing band from Boston, six pieces plus vocalist, presents the polish, heat, and energy of the renowned big swing bands of the swing era.
Our swing music is both great dance music and interesting concert jazz, and it fulfills many different functions — wedding reception music, swing dance music, concert jazz, big band swing music, and corporate entertainment.
Swing music is universally popular because it is high-energy, danceable, and accessible without sacrificing musical quality.
www.swinglegacy.com   (364 words)

 Roughstock's History of Country Music - Western Swing
This very popular style of Country Music developed in Texas and Oklahoma the 1930's and saw enormous popularity in the 40's.
Musically, it contributed the drums and Hawaiian Steel Guitar to Country Music.
It was a Saturday night dance type of music which combined the style of jazz and big band swing with the culture of the Southwest.
www.roughstock.com /history/westernswing.html   (211 words)

 Western Swing
"swing" was the thing, in the 1930s, young people from coast to coast were dancing in urban ballrooms to the music of Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Sammy Kaye, and a long list of other popular dance bands of the era.
Country cousins of these youngsters were doing the same, but not in ballrooms and not to the "uptown" bands whose names most readily come to mind when the era of swing music is recalled.
The bulk of their musical output can fairly be classified as "Western Swing," but each of them also added something quite extraordinary.
www.geocities.com /~jimlowe/western/westdex.html   (2978 words)

 Amazon.com: Music: Swing Kids: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Swing Kid movement, as portrayed by this movie, was rather bizarre, considering that they were risking their lives and showing it by dancing the night away.
However, the music is light, bouncy and rather catchy, considering many of the tunes on this CD are catchy and jazz standards.
One of the downfalls however, is that this engergetic music is paired up with what is often over-dramatic and sullen classical music, to supplement the storyline (you didn't think Hitler would let these rebels have their way, did you?).
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000000OC4?v=glance   (1337 words)

 Swing-Jazz Educational Cybertour   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This cybertour is designed to begin high school age music student on a journey through jazz music.
Jazz, whether it Swing, Bebop, Dixieland, or others, is the only solely American musical form.
I hope that your tour through the musical forms of jazz and swing was creative and interesting.
www.montana.edu /cybertour/music/6to12/prestonl   (515 words)

 Rudy Vallee   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
It was before I ever saw him and heard some of his earlier records which have now become established milestones in the evolution of Swing Music, of which he was one of the great pioneers.
They often seem to be the result of a chaotic, disorganized mind struggling to express itself, but those who know anything about modern music recognize his perfect command of time spacing, of rhythm, harmony, and pitch and his flawless understanding of the effects he is striving to achieve.
To illustrate this, I suggest you listen to his recorded masterpiece, his vocalization of "I Surrender, Dear." You may say that it is not singing, that it is no beauty, that a beautiful romantic song has been treated as a madman would treat it, and I must, perforce, agree with you.
xroads.virginia.edu /~ASI/musi212/emily/swingtext1.html   (631 words)

 Raper's Dance Corner
The people dancing to swing music were referred to as Jitterbugs - no matter what dance they were doing.
This is an advanced form of west coast swing dance that allows the leader or follower to extend patterns at will with their own interpretive styling to the music.
Ballroom Jive vs Complex Swing Dances: It is a mystery to those in the Swing Dance community why Jive is still included in much of the National and International Ballroom Dance Competition instead of the much more complex swing dances such as Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing.
www.swingdance.com /swingdef.html   (1329 words)

 Open Directory - Arts: Music: Styles: J: Jazz: Swing
The Los Angeles Swing Times - A calendar of swing and lindy hop events in and around Los Angeles.
Soundies - A Chicago based music label specializing in the development of previously unreleased music from the Golden Age of American entertainment.
Swing Baby, Swing - Swing dancing photographs for the San Francisco Bay area along with CD shopping links for an extensive list of swing bands and artists.
dmoz.org /Arts/Music/Styles/J/Jazz/Swing   (428 words)

 Maddox cherishes music legacy ...
Maddox, 82, was one of the brothers in The Maddox Brothers and Rose, a ground-breaking country band in the 1940s and ’50s.
The induction took place amid four days of music and ceremonies in Sacramento, where the Western Swing Music Hall is based.
After World War II, the Maddox Brothers and Rose became popular playing a raw style of country music that came to be called "okie boogie." It set the tone for California country, a style that would include Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
www.mailtribune.com /archive/2005/1013/local/stories/15local.htm   (390 words)

 London swing dance classes, clubs, events and information - Swingland for lindy hop, east coast swing, jitterbug, jive ...
provides weekly swing dance classes and regular workshops, two weekly class & club nights (Swing Thing and C Jam), a weekly Dinner and Dance (Swingin' Sundays), an annual Ball (The Savoy Ball), and other swingin' events in and around London.
As well as running their regular London classes, clubs and events, Martin and the Swingland crew also teach and DJ regularly at workshops and events around the UK.
Swingland can provide private dance classes for individuals, couples and groups and top swing DJ Smartie as well as dance displays for parties and functions.
www.swingland.com   (274 words)

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