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a large dance or jazz band usually featuring improvised solos by lead musicians

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This is a fine history of the big-band jazz that flourished during America's recovery from the Great Depression.
Stowe, Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America [Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1994]; and John Gennari, Critiquing Jazz: The Politics of Race and Culture in American Jazz Discourse [Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming].
Dusty was a definitive interpreter of the great American songwriters of the day--Randy Newman, Goffin and King, Bacharach and David--and onstage and on vinyl she amazingly mixed girl-power pop with big-band jazz, Italian ballads, bossa nova, and, most stunningly, renditions of R&B gems.
Pioneering African American dance bands led by James Reese Europe and Fletcher Henderson in New York City; Erskine Tate, Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton and Joe "King" Oliver in Chicago; Bennie Moten in Kansas City; and Kid Ory in Los Angeles first injected big-band jazz into the cultural mainstream.
While respectful and most certainly knowledgeable of jazz's big-band past, Oliver and the New Life Orchestra once again demonstrated the current vitality of big-band jazz.
HARLEM the 1920/1930s-style band which sets the standard for vintage big-band jazz, will be at the Swan hotel in Chaddesley Corbett on Thursday.
Noting the contributions of rhythm-and-blues performer Louis Jordan to broadening the range of African American listening, Kenney also praises country singer Bob Wills for blending elements of fiddle tunes, Dixieland jazz, Mexican mariachi music, big-band jazz, and blues in his recordings.
The sad note amid this celebration of one of our greatest popular-song interpreters--a woman who has sung R&B, traditional pop, big-band jazz, Italian ballads, and even disco with consummate skill and utter emotional honesty--is that Springfield isn't well enough to party in 1999.
The trio can be fairly lush and meditative as heard on "Longmeadow," as well as prickly and aggressive, such as the way it came across on "Ditty for Dorsey" (which sounds a lot more like an homage to Frank Zappa than to the Dorsey brothers of big-band jazz fame).
For a start, there is the contemporary big-band jazz of the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra.