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August 26, 2014

 

Cover for Charlie Parker big Band LP

Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?

August 13, 2014

 

Album cover for Duke Pearson's 1968 big-band album

Now Hear This: Duke Pearson’s Big Band

Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.

August 2, 2014

 

Photo of Thad Jones composing

The Thad Jones Songbook

"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.

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.

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