Early Swing Era, 1930 to 1941

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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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Covering the period from 1930 to 1941, this reference provides information on swing's artists, methods, innovations, and recordings. Organized biographically, the book discusses individuals and groups important to the period, and considers their contributions to the music. Precursors to Big Band are also discussed. Eleven black and white photographs represent major figures from the time. Oliphant teaches English at the University of Texas at Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313305351
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Series: Jazz Companions Series
  • Pages: 494
  • Lexile: 1790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVE OLIPHANT is a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches English and has edited a scholarly journal. He has written extensively on music, including his historical study Texan Jazz in 1996, and has published several volumes of his own poetry as well as translations of Latin American poetry.

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Table of Contents

1 Precursors to and the Birth of Big-Band Swing 1
2 The Name Black Bands 39
Fletcher Henderson 40
Bennie Moten and Count Basie 53
Duke Ellington 65
Jimmie Lunceford 78
3 The Name White Bands 97
Benny Goodman 97
Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey 112
Artie Shaw 123
Glenn Miller 132
4 Other Black Bands 147
Louis Armstrong 147
Luis Russell 156
Chick Webb 161
Earl "Fatha" Hines 167
Cab Calloway 177
Andy Kirk 195
Lionel Hampton 209
Erskine Hawkins 217
Boots Douglas 226
Oran "Hot Lips" Page 232
Benny Carter 237
Jay McShann 247
5 Other White Bands 263
Paul Whiteman 264
Casa Loma Orchestra 274
Bunny Berigan 280
The Bob Crosby Orchestra 287
Charlie Barnet 296
Gene Krupa 303
Harry James 309
6 The Small Swing Groups 325
Coleman Hawkins 326
Jack Teagarden 331
Benny Goodman 337
Billie Holiday 343
Lester Young 349
Fats Waller 356
Milton Brown 361
Summa Cum Laude, et al. 367
Duke Ellington 381
Roy Eldridge and Buster Smith 386
A to Z 397
Selected Bibliography 429
Index 433
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