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Unformatted text preview: BIG BAND SWING Swing vs. Early Jazz *More common in Swing Era-Big bands-Saxophones-String Bass-Written arrangements-Hi-hat cymbals-High level of instrumental proficiency -Solo improvisation *Less common in Swing Era-Tuba-Group improvisation-Banjo-Ragtime-type compositions SWING ERA CHARACTERISTICS-Began in Black bands in the 1920s-Became popular in 30s & persisted as America’s popular music into the 40s-Also referred to as the Big Band Era-Rhythmic feeling was smoother-Written arrangements made the music easier to follow – more accessible GLEN MILLER – IN THE MOOD, STRING OF PEARLS- Trombonist /bandleader-Often categorized as ‘sweet band’ because the group emphasized pretty arrangements and vocals rather than improvised solos. JIMMIE LUNCEFORD – AVALON-Jimmie Lunceford’s band was known as one of the tightest sounding and sharpest looking bands from the swing era. STAN KENTON – INTERMISSION RIFF-West Coast big band leader 1940s – 1970s. Many of the West Coast musicians associated with the Cool Jazz scene of the 1950s worked with -West Coast big band leader 1940s – 1970s....
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This note was uploaded on 02/02/2011 for the course MUSICOLOGY 125 taught by Professor Donaldthompson during the Spring '11 term at University of Tennessee.
- Spring '11