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Posts tagged big bands

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.

September 6, 2008

 

Gerald Wilson

Last Of The Lions: Gerald Wilson

Two of longtime bandleader Gerald Wilson's finest orchestras--his progressive, modernistic 1940s outfit and his 1960s West Coast band.

August 4, 2008

 

Ellington 1940s

On a Turquoise Cloud: Duke Ellington After the War, 1945-47

Ellington kept his orchestra together in a changing economic landscape, continuing to create memorable music and expanding his compositional horizons.

June 10, 2008

 

Tommy Dorsey: the Postwar Years with Bill Finegan and Sy Oliver

Marc Myers' mention of the late arranger Bill Finegan yesterday reminded me of a show I did about Tommy Dorsey's post-World War II orchestra for The Big Bands.

June 6, 2008

 

Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Mosaic Set, Bud Powell Bio Update

Long yellow road*Mosaic Records will release a three-CD Select set of mid-1970s RCA Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big-band recordings later this year.Elsewhere around the jazz blogosphere this past week…

June 2, 2008

 

Gil Evans Individualism

Individualism: Gil Evans In The 1960s

Gil Evans: the decade after the masterpieces with Miles Davis.

May 28, 2008

 

Jump for Joy: When Chicago Met the Duke

Duke Ellington's 1941 musical Jump for Joy was a cultural milestone, an assertive, satirical riposte to the servile depictions of African-Americans.

May 24, 2008

 

American Popular Song and World War II: Part 2

We'll hear music from Louis Jordan, Kitty Kallen with Jimmy Dorsey, Sam Donahue's Navy band, and much more.

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