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The Swing Era

Composer of the Week, Big Band Episode 2 of 5

Donald Macleod is joined by Guy Barker to look at the swing era, when predominantly white bandleaders like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw took big band jazz to a mass audience. Swing was king, and its popularity came to a head during the Second World War, when the music became the sound of America. They explore the work of the superstars of the day, as well as that of less well-known arrangers and bandleaders who were to have a huge influence on the future sound of big bands.

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Tue 18 Nov 2014 18:30

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