Chapter Overview

This chapter addresses the growth of jazz-oriented large dance orchestras, tracing the development of musical style and exploring the social and economic context for the national dance craze known as the Swing Era. It examines the changes in the music business caused by the Depression and discusses the musical elements that went into the new swing style—including the economic and psychological "shift" that resulted in mass white enthusiasm for black dance-band music. Special attention is given to Benny Goodman, who exemplified these changes and brought jazz both into the popular mainstream and into a closer relationship with art music. Other swing bands—such as those of Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Jimmie Lunceford, Cab Calloway, and Chick Webb—are also addressed.

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