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January 3, 2014

 

An advertisement for one of the From Spirituals To Swing concerts.

The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

May 24, 2013

 

Woody Herman First Herd

Herd Twice: Woody Herman In The 1940s

In the 1940s Woody Herman led three big bands that grew progressively in musicianship and excitement.

October 20, 2011

 

big band small groups

The Big Bands’ Little Bands

The swing era may have been the age of the big bands, but bandleaders often found it worth their while to break small groups out of their larger orchestras.

June 14, 2011

 

Ella Fitzgerald

Chick Webb And Ella Fitzgerald Mosaic Set On The Way

A hard-swinging big band paired with a jazz legend in the making.

May 28, 2011

 

Memorial Day flag

Music For The Memorial Day Weekend: Glenn Miller At War And More

Programs for the holiday of personal and public remembrance.

November 23, 2010

 

Mary Lou

A Brief History of Mary Lou Williams

Williams' career ranged from swing and bebop to expatriate and sacred jazz, a stint as a jazz educator, and a 1977 encounter with avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor.

May 22, 2010

 

Artie Shaw Complete Thesaurus

Shaw Sounds Final: Artie Shaw, 1949-54

From 1949 to 1954 Artie Shaw made a number of recordings that form one of the most dynamic chapters of his career--and the concluding one as well.

August 3, 2009

 

Thornhill & Orch

Claude Thornhill: The Godfather Of Cool

The music and story of a bandleader from Terre Haute, Indiana who helped shape the sound of modern jazz.

May 30, 2009

 

Benny's Bop

Benny Goodman’s Interlude In Bop

In the late 1940s the "King of Swing" briefly embraced the new sounds of bebop.

April 1, 2009

 

Ellington

Jump For Joy! Ellington Big Band Mosaic Still In The Works

A friend writes to pass along the good news: Mosaic Records is still planning on doing a 1930s Duke Ellington Columbia big-band set.

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