Big Bands

By | July 8, 2012

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In this hour, it’s the rise, fall and legacy of the big bands. We’ll talk with music historian Jeffery Magee about how 1930’s dance culture helped spark the big band revolution, and how the politics of race shaped the music.  And we’ll discover why the big band sound is still finding a home in communities across America well past the heyday of swing, and go in search of music from the more experimental side of the big band sound. (59:00)


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