Exciting Big Band Jazz from the ‘30s to Now!

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Big bands developed gradually during the 1920s, growing from small groups of 5 or 6 pieces to 12 and eventually 15 musicians and more. Of course they primarily played in ballrooms, and composers realized that, as long as they didn’t lose that danceable beat, they could be as daring and experimental as they wished to be. Since the 1950s, many bands performed in settings for listening, and creative composers brought forth beautiful colors and effects. We’ll hear stunning sounds from the bands led by Ellington, Lunceford, Goodman, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Maria Schneider, Thad Jones, and many others!

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