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.
A hard-swinging big band paired with a jazz legend in the making.
Programs for the holiday of personal and public remembrance.
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.
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.
The music and story of a bandleader from Terre Haute, Indiana who helped shape the sound of modern jazz.
In the late 1940s the "King of Swing" briefly embraced the new sounds of bebop.
A friend writes to pass along the good news: Mosaic Records is still planning on doing a 1930s Duke Ellington Columbia big-band set.
Two of longtime bandleader Gerald Wilson's finest orchestras--his progressive, modernistic 1940s outfit and his 1960s West Coast band.
Ellington kept his orchestra together in a changing economic landscape, continuing to create memorable music and expanding his compositional horizons.