The big band swing era

Bandleaders dealt with these obstacles through rigid discipline Glenn Miller and canny psychology Duke Ellington.

big band artists

There was a considerable range of styles among the hundreds of popular bands. These had a quieter surface and for the first time allowed immediate playback in the studio for auditioning purposes. Who were the popular musicians, dressed in tuxedos, to reach for more money now?

Swing music era

During the next decades, ballrooms filled with people doing the jitterbug and Lindy Hop. As the microphones improved, the experience of radio became ever more intimate. Exposure to the music made it more desirable and record sales increased. The bandleader was responsible for paying for arrangements, the band bus, uniforms, agency fees and publicity costs. In an attempt to bring new product to market during the strike, the record companies began recording a cappella singing groups and individuals. Many arrangements contain an interlude, often similar in content to the introduction, inserted between some or all choruses. Many musicians served in the military and toured with USO troupes at the front, with Glenn Miller losing his life while traveling between shows. These records sold reasonably well. Duke Ellington Benny Goodman During the s, while traveling musicians were playing and spreading big band jazz, hotel dance bands and resident dance hall bands were also playing a role in the evolution of the Big Band era. The Big Bands had the flavor of a past generation and more difficult times.

The recording and radio industry were showing signs of extravagant wealth but the musicians were not. Arranging[ edit ] To fit the new groove, dance-band arranging became more inventive.

big bands of the 40s

Songs from the swing era[ edit ] The swing era produced many classic recordings. Modern big bands can be found playing all styles of jazz music. It also raises the question of how American popular culture, its music, its slang, its fashions and interracila borrowings, changes American politics.

Even superb musicians the likes of Benny Carter and Hawkins went to Europe to find work with radio orchestras.

1940s big band music

The change in rhythm started first with solo pianists and small ensembles, then larger ensembles towards the end of the decade. He created his band as a vehicle for his compositions. Musicians like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker experimented with this new form, hiding their performances from union watchdogs by performing in small clubs.

This effort laid the groundwork for some of the harmony groups of the s. His genius for rhythmic swing and melodic simplicity was so effective that his music became the standard for numerous swing arrangers.

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Swing, Swing, Swing: A History Of Big Band Jazz