Swing U: Evolution & Development of Big Bands 1920-1960, Week 2, online, Monday, 10. August 2020

Monday, August 10 at 12:30 pm

Class 6: Swing Era and Jazz’s Popularity

We mark 1935 as the advent of the Swing Era. Why? What shifted in listeners’ priorities? In today’s class, we look at the birth of the Swing Era, and listen to key figures of the period.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/268713207

Tuesday, August 11 at 2:30 pm EDT

Class 7: Evolution of Swing

While we might talk about “Swing” as a monolithic idea, but bands of this era had uniquely different approaches to swinging. We’ll look at Count Basie’s iconic “All-American” Rhythm Section, Jimmie Lunceford’s singular rhythmic drive, and Chick Webb’s iconic ensemble.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/97069364425

Wednesday, August 12 at 5:30 pm EDT

Class 8: Late Swing Era

Friday, August 1 at 12:30 pm EDTnsions and ambitious new ideas, and bands evolved and changed throughout the decade. We’ll look at Duke Ellington’s iconic ensemble of the early 1940s (dubbed The Blanton-Webster Band), hear how a change in arrangers altered Benny Goodman’s sound, and check out how Woody Herman’s Orchestra adapted to a rising new style.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/985352366

Thursday, August 13 at 12:30 pm EDT

Class 9: BeBop Big Bands and Beyond

While Big Bands began to decline throughout the 1940s, the final years of Big Bands and the advent of BeBop did overlap with some amazing results. We’ll hear the early BeBop big bands of Dizzy Gillespie, and Gerald Wilson, and we’ll also check out some later ensembles like the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/985352366

Friday, August 14 at 12:30 pm EDT

Class 10: Ongoing Experiments

While we associate big bands with dances, concert music was a crucial component for many big bands. In our final class, we’ll check out ambitious suites of Duke Ellington, and hear from intriguing experimental ensembles like the Sauter-Finnegan Orchestra.

Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/268713207

Jazz at Lincoln Center is proud to offer online virtual Swing University classes to you completely free. Support from friends like you allows us to continue making these complimentary programs available. Please consider donating a gift of any size today. Your support is greatly appreciated: https://www.jazz.org/SwingUEvent/


Jazz at Lincoln Center’s higher-education program, Swing University will help you become a better listener. Our talented faculty will introduce you to sounds new and classic, illuminating the music’s history and placing it within a modern context. Become a jazz expert with these fun, informal classes.

Monday, 10. August 2020, online, Swing U: Evolution & Development of Big Bands 1920-1960, Week 2

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