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The Big Bands Paperback – 4 Mar 1982
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Photographs and text recreate the era of the great jazz and dance bands and offer profiles of leaders, musicians, and vocalists.
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So while it is not an in depth study of the why and wherefore (best turn to Gunther Schuller's book), it is a most helpful introduction to the wonderful world of the swing era.
So if you are interested in the swing music of this period, which I guess covers most Lindy Hop and Balboa dancers, then this is the book for you. There is an extensive discography, so you can know who played what. And If you want to know who played lead trumpet for Glen Miller, drums for Count Basie, or third sax for Artie Shaw, and much more fine detail - it's all here.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
was there when it was born and he was there when it
atrophied during Word War Two. He was an original member of
the Glenn Miller Orchestra (he played drums) and one of the
first writers for Metronome Magazine, the trade mag for the
music industry in that time. I have a hardcover copy of the
9th printing. The original copyright is indicated as 1967.
I also have an accompanying three record set that is unique
in that it was a cooperative effort by three competing
companies: RCA, Decca and Columbia. It's a shame that this
isn't available too!
Over 400 bands are mentioned, some extensively. It is full
of first-hand accounts, anecdotes and many photos. I felt as
if I was there! George Simon gave us a true window into this
piece of music history.
If I had an extra thumb, I would give it three thumbs up!
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