New York City Big Band Scenes

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI:
New York City Big Band Scenes

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Big bands form an arena in which views on many issues in jazz today are expressed and acted out. This chapter explores some of New York's many jazz venues, considering such basic issues as the size and instrumentation of big bands, and why big bands have remained important in New York. In most contemporary New York City big bands, nearly all players are accomplished improvisers. During a typical performance, almost everyone is featured on at least one arrangement. Because players have this outlet, they are less driven to become section leaders.

Keywords: New York; jazz venues; big bands; improvisation; instrumentation

Chapter.  6998 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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