1940s and Swing Era

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This music rose to popular prominence during the swing era when big bands dominated the popular music scene. It was written primarily for the radio & dance culture of the times and came to form the backbone of the Great American Song Book. Click on the grey button below to see representative songs in this category.

1950s - 1970s

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This music either came to initial prominence during this period or regained popularity based on new, fresher sounding arrangements that catered to evolving musical tastes.  Much of it can be danced to, but as the swing era declined, arrangers sought to provide blockbuster vocal and instrumental hits that often had their primary fans among radio / record listeners, or concert goers.  Click on the grey button below to see representative songs in this category.

1980s and Beyond

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Music that represents the big band music of today written or adapted by modern arrangers reflecting increasing desire for more complex melodies, rhythms, and hip vocals for a younger generation of music lovers.  While some are danceable, the majority of these arrangements are more appropriate in a concert setting.  Click on the grey button below to see representative songs in this category.

Modern Big Band Jazz

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This is music for Big Band jazz lovers. While little of this genre made it to the pop charts, it reflects the best work of today’s jazz band arrangers as they strive to use the varied sounds and vast musical improvisation talent that today’s big bands possess.  This music is most suited for a concert environment where the band can showcase these traits.  Click on the grey button below to see representative songs in this category.

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