The Swing Era In Jazz Music

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Usually when people speak of the swing era in jazz music two prominent troops come to mind they are the big bands of Jimmie Lunceford and Chick Webb. As band leaders of these group both men display various different qualities whilst also sharing some similarities. By examining their different styles and techniques on how they perform jazz music we discover how they came to be such prominent characters of this era. Jimmie Lunceford was a well-known American alto saxophonist and band leader. However Chick Webb overcame adversity to become one of the most idolised drummers of his time and an inspiring band leader. Both men established their bands/orchestras successfully whilst using different methods for instance. In 1927 Webb and his band took…show more content…
There was a real sense of showmanship whenever Lunceford and his orchestra would perform. Lunceford’s orchestra was all about performing loud, self-contained presentations, with comedic routines, and maliciously rehearsed choreography and costume changes, along with the band’s extremely danceable and effortless sense of swing. Many future jazz bands would try to intimidate Lunceford’s style however not many could quite grasp the polished and perfectionism in their performances like Lunceford could this is probably because none would never have the best precision in playing superbly professional…show more content…
Webb’s orchestra was never glorified for its soloist until a young Ella Fitzgerald virtually unknown at the time joined Webb’s Orchestra at the age of seventeen in 1935; from there Webb rebuilt his orchestra with Fitzgerald as the main attraction and therefore became one of the most popular and hardest driving ensembles of the swing era. During the early stages of her career Ella had a crisp, buoyant and clear voice. Wayne Newton at times claimed that: “ The youthful vigour is contagious if a bit indistinct on the initial tracks, yet she’s got rhythm down in songs like “Dark town Strudder’s Ball” and her signature hit “A- Thisket A- Tasket”. a song that Fitzgerald wrote to cheer Webb up. After his death in 1939 Fitzgerald carried on Chick’s tradition and took over Webb’s orchestra leaving her to become one of the first female bandleaders of her time. Fitzgerald and the orchestra produced show stopping tunes such as “Stairways to the Stars” and “Can’t Stop Loving Dat Man”. As the Second World War was coming to a close the responsibility of the band became too much for Fitzgerald to handle, therefore the band finally disbanded in 1942 after Fitzgerald left

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