Early Swing Era, 1930 to 1941

Early Swing Era, 1930 to 1941

by Dave Oliphant
     
 

The early swing era of jazz, from 1930 to 1941, represents both an extension of developments of the previous decade and an introduction of new tendencies that influenced subsequent periods of jazz history. Major big bands and individual artists established important styles that brought wide popularity to the music, while small groups created innovative approaches

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Overview

The early swing era of jazz, from 1930 to 1941, represents both an extension of developments of the previous decade and an introduction of new tendencies that influenced subsequent periods of jazz history. Major big bands and individual artists established important styles that brought wide popularity to the music, while small groups created innovative approaches that determined the directions jazz would take in the years to come. This was a time marked by colorful band leaders, flashy instrumental soloists, showy orchestras, and engaging singers, and Oliphant's reference guide to this period is an invaluable source of information on its artists, methods, innovations, and recordings.

Directing readers to outstanding performances available on compact disc, it serves not only as a scholarly historical and cultural overview, but also as a helpful guide for the layman. Organized in a biographical format, the volume discusses many individuals and groups that have not been considered so fully before, and provides a critical assessment of a major period in American music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313305351
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/30/2002
Series:
Jazz Companions Series
Pages:
494
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile:
1790L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1Precursors to and the Birth of Big-Band Swing1
2The Name Black Bands39
Fletcher Henderson40
Bennie Moten and Count Basie53
Duke Ellington65
Jimmie Lunceford78
3The Name White Bands97
Benny Goodman97
Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey112
Artie Shaw123
Glenn Miller132
4Other Black Bands147
Louis Armstrong147
Luis Russell156
Chick Webb161
Earl "Fatha" Hines167
Cab Calloway177
Andy Kirk195
Lionel Hampton209
Erskine Hawkins217
Boots Douglas226
Oran "Hot Lips" Page232
Benny Carter237
Jay McShann247
5Other White Bands263
Paul Whiteman264
Casa Loma Orchestra274
Bunny Berigan280
The Bob Crosby Orchestra287
Charlie Barnet296
Gene Krupa303
Harry James309
6The Small Swing Groups325
Coleman Hawkins326
Jack Teagarden331
Benny Goodman337
Billie Holiday343
Lester Young349
Fats Waller356
Milton Brown361
Summa Cum Laude, et al.367
Duke Ellington381
Roy Eldridge and Buster Smith386
A to Z397
Selected Bibliography429
Index433

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