The Later Swing Era, 1942 to 1955

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Music - 382 pages
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Today's Retro Swing bands, like the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the Brian Setzer Orchestra, all owe their inspiration to the original masters of Swing. This rich reference details the oeuvre of the leading Swing musicians from the WWII and post-WWII years. Chapters on the masters of Swing (Ella Fitzgerald, Woody Herman, Billy Strayhorn), the legendary Big Band leaders (such as Les Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Vaughan Monroe, etc.), vocalists (including Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington), and Small Groups (Louis Jordan, Art Tatum, Charlie Ventura, etc.) introduce these timeless musicians to a new generation of musicians and music fans. An opening chapter recounts how the cultural changes during the war and postwar years affected performers-especially women and African-Americans-and an A-to-Z appendix provides synopses of almost 700 entrants, including related musicians and famous venues. A bibliography and subject index provide additional tools for those researching Swing music and its many roles in mid-century American culture.

This volume is a perfect sequel to Dave Oliphant's "The Early Swing Era: 1930 to 1941." Together, these books provide the perfect reference guide to an enduring form of American music.

 

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Contents

Music and Socioeconomic Characteristics
1
Four Masters of Swing
19
ELLA FITZGERALD
20
BILLY STRAYHORN
30
TEDDY WILSON
35
Big Bands
41
RAY ANTHONY
42
TEX BENEKE
43
BILLIE HOLIDAY
95
HERB JEFFRIES
97
PEGGY LEE
98
CARMEN McRAE
99
ANITA ODAY
101
JIMMY RUSHING
102
FRANK SINATRA
104
KAY STARR
106

TINY BRADSHAW
45
BILLY ECKSTINE
47
LES ELGART
48
DIZZY GILLESPIE
50
INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM
52
BUDDY JOHNSON
55
STAN KENTON
57
ELLIOT LAWRENCE
61
HAL MCINTYRE
62
RAY MCKINLEY
65
LUCKY MILLINDER
68
VAUGHN MONROE
70
BOYD RAEBURN
71
BUDDY RICH
73
CLAUDE THORNHILL
76
COOTIE WILLIAMS
79
GERALD WILSON
81
Vocalists
89
CAB CALLOWAY
90
JUNE CHRISTY
92
BILLY ECKSTINE
93
SARAH VAUGHN
107
EDDIE VINSON
109
DINAH WASHINGTON
111
JOE WILLIAMS
112
Small Groups
119
JONAH JONES
122
LOUIS JORDAN
123
MODERN JAZZ QUARTET
125
OSCAR PETERSON
127
GEORGE SHEARING
129
ART TATUM
131
CHARLIE VENTURA
133
LU WAITERS FOLLOWERS
135
BUNK JOHNSON ET AL
137
EDDIE CONDONS DIXIELANDERS
144
A to Z
153
Selected Discography
321
Selected fiibliograpky
323
Index
329
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Music of the Postwar Era
Don Tyler
Limited preview - 2008

About the author (2004)

LAWRENCE MCCLELLAN JR. is Dean of the Professional Education Division at the Berklee College of Music. He has performed as a trombonist with such artists as Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Glen Campbell, and Nancy Wilson.

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