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    William James Basie's Biography During the heyday of the swing era, many big bands flourished. Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, and Chick Webb fronted big bands that could swing, but none of these legends could swing like the Count Basie Orchestra. Count Basie proved that a big band could still swing, without losing the spontaneity so essential to jazz. William James Basie was born August 21, 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey (Hare, par. 3). His father was a coachman and caretaker for

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    jazz concert review

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    he meant, he was at least saying that jazz is noticeable, but not necessarily understandable by words. (do not really know exact cite where I have got this quote) For my concert review, I went to see the performance of Maynard Ferguson and his big band at Jazz Alley on Jan. 12th 2015. I asked some of my friends to join and they gladly agreed. Since two of my friends were a musician themselves and loved seeing live music whenever possible. They even went ahead and made a reservation. First time

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    Stan Kenton

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    progressive concepts of how music is written and performed greatly affected the genre of jazz, and created something new and unique. Always under controversy, Kenton and his band always strove to do something different, never settling into a niche for long periods of time. Even today, when hearing modern jazz performers (particularly big bands) one can often hear the influence from Kenton's music. Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas on December 11, 1911, although he spent most of his youth in the Los Angeles

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    During the big band era, among the many big bands that were active, were also a handful of all-female bands. The Harlem Harlicans, formed by Lil Armstrong in 1932, Ina Ray Hutton and her Melodears, the Parisian Redheads and others were famous in their time, yet none survived history as the International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. Their story is a complex one, especially as the founding members are now deceased, and no one knows who is right and who¡¦s wrong. One thing is for certain: The band was the first

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    Alton Glenn Miller was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Glenn Miller has become an icon. For many people his orchestra and the string of hits they produced represent the essence of the swing era. Alton Glenn Miller did a lot in his short life he had a successful career, inspiring childhood, burning success and an inspiring musical talent. Glenn Miller

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    purchase many of Fletcher Henderson’s arrangements for the show. Initially, swing bands were separated into white and black swing bands, but none of that mattered to Goodman. He was instrumental in the racial integration of black and white jazz performers and even though he was pressed to separate his “white bands” from his “black bands”, he insisted the opposite. Goodman believed that the improvisation of black swing bands combined with the polished white swing bangs could be enjoyed by everyone. Then

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    SING SING SING

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    neighborhood dance hall and working locally for two years. In 1925, Gil Rodin, who was then with the band led by Ben Pollack, heard him. Goodman was hired by Pollack, then working in California, and the following year made a triumphal return to Chicago as featured soloist with the band. Goodman remained with Pollack until 1929, when he became a much in-demand session musician in New York. When the band was between jobs, Goodman jammed with members of the Austin High Gang who introduced him to the New

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    Count Basie Importance

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    Count Basie and his Orchestra In the 1930’s a new era was taking place in jazz. The swing era, otherwise known as the big band era. One of the biggest and most influential leaders of this era was William Basie, otherwise known as The Count, or Count Basie. Basie was among many of the leaders in this era, known for his leadership skills as a band leader and a cunning pianist. Basie was known for having one of the best combo section, or rhythm section around. His rhythm section featured among the best

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    scene was known as "Name Band" or more commonly "Big Band". During this era of music, Glenn Miller would create his civilian orchestra named "The Miller Band". With this band, he would soon dominate the music scene and reach the top of the polls in 1940 and would maintain his place in 1941 and 1942. The Glenn Miller Band would increase their popularity by radio shows and be featured in two films, Sun Valley Serenade and Orchestra Wives. By 1942, Glenn Miller and his band would become a household

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    in the Night” was composed by Bert Kaempfert and lyrics by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder. The song was made in 1966 and falls under the genre of traditional pop. Traditional pop proceeded after the big band era. Big band or, the swing era, began in the 1920s and ended in the 1950s. Big bands consisted of a 17-piece instrumentation which were made up of five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, and a four piece rhythm section (composed of drums, bass, piano, and guitar). There are two distinct

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