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Some Information on Post 1950s Jazz Bands


The glory days of the Big Bands and Swing music covered a period from the mid-1930s to the late-'40s.

And what a wonderful time it was. Orchestras consisted of all the instruments - not just electric guitars. Musicians could actual read music, The guitar, piano and bass were used mostly for rhythm. The Pop Music world had a King (Benny Goodman), a Duke (Ellington) and a Count (Basie). and even a First Lady (Ella Fitzgerald).

Professional tunesmiths such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Hoagy Carmichael (and maybe a thousand others) supplied a never-ending stream of Pop songs, many of which have become timeless standards

It was also the heyday of the Jazz singer. Every band had to have both a "Girl" and a "Boy" singer, and (you may not believe this) the crooners actually sang lyrics that the public could understand. The hallmarks of these singers were their impeccable phrasing and the ability to convey the emotional meaning of the lyrics. Good diction and talent were appreciated.

Unlike most rock, this was real music. Listeners heard all the individual instruments, and had favorite players in every band. You could hear the words; you understood what they meant.

On this site, you will find brief Biographies for all the great Big Bands, and for the wonderful musicians who made it all possible and who left us this wonderful legacy. You will be able to both hear the songs, and watch the bands in action. We sincerely hope your visit(s) will bring pleasant and lasting memories.

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