Big Bands - Swing Introduction

 17  Milenberg Joys Parts 1 & 2

                                              - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 1939

 18  Tuxedo Junction - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra 1939

 19  He’s Funny That Way - Coleman Hawkins  

                           & His Orchestra with Thelma Carpenter 1939   

 20  Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! - The Andrews Sisters

                                          with the Vic Schoen Orchestra 1940

 21  Chattanooga Choo-Choo - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra

         with Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly & The Modernaires 1941  

 22  I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good) - Duke Ellington

      & His Orchestra featuring Ivie Anderson 1941

 23  Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra

                                    with Anita O’Day & Roy Eldridge 1941  

 24  Let’s Get Away rom It All - Tommy Dorsey

                     Orchestra with Frank Sinatra 1941

 25  Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree

                         - The Andrew Sisters with Bing Crosby 1942

 26  Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers 1942

 27  Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)

                      - Jimmy Dorsey & Orchestra 1943

 28  And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

                      Stan Kenton Orchestra with Anita O’Day 1944

 29  Hey! Ba- Ba- Re-Bop

                                 - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra 1945

 30 Sentimental Journey  

              - Doris Day  with Les Brown & His Orchestra 1945


 01  King Porter Stomp - Bunny Berigan & His Orchestra 1935

 02  Lullaby Of Broadway

                  - Dorsey Brothers Orchestra with Bob Crosby 1935

 03  My Blue Heaven - Jimmy Lunceford 1935

 04  My Very Good Friend The Milkman - Fats Waller 1935

 05  The Object Of My Affection - Jimmy Grier &

                            His Orchestra with The Boswell Sisters 1935

 06  Knock Knock, Who’s There? -  Fletcher Henderson  

                             & His Orchestra with Leon “Chu” Berry 1936  

 07  Stompin’ At The Savoy

                                   - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 1936

 08  One O’Clock Jump - Count Basie & His Orchestra 1937 

 09  Begin The Beguine - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 1938

 10  Jumpin’ At The Woodside

                                         - Count Basie & His Orchestra 1938

 11  The Flat Foot Floogie (with A Floy Floy)

                      - Louis Armstrong with The Mills Brothers 1938

 12  All Or Nothing At All - Harry James & His Orchestra

                                                             with  Frank Sinatra 1939

 13  At The Woodchoppers’ Ball -

                                   Woody Herman & His Orchestra 1939

 14  Body and Soul - Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra 1939

 15  Cherokee - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra 1939

 16  In The Mood - Glenn  Miller & His Orchestra 1939

From the 1920s onwards jazz groups became larger and by the mid-30s the Big Band movement was established with orchestras put together by jazz luminaries Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Count Basie, amongst others.

Benny Goodman is recognised as the bandleader who popularised big band music in 1935 and Swing music was born. It soon became the most popular music style in the USA and it’s heyday was between 1935 and

1945. A number of great soloists made their mark during this period, including Fats Waller, Chick Webb, Coleman Hawkins and Gene Krupa.

Vocalists, particularly ‘crooners’ became more popular by the mid-40s with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald establishing their popularity both with and apart from the big bands.  The Swing era was superceded by this popular style and the rise of rhythm & blues, jump’n’jive and be-bop.


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