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A Fan's Guide to Jazz (201)

Week Three: The Swing Era and The Emergence of the Jazz Industry

Can’t commit to a full course? Single classes are now available at Swing University for $35 each (fees may apply).

The Jazz Orchestra emerges in the 1920s, but undergoes a massive transformation in size, rhythmic feel, and overall aesthetic as the 1930s continue. Masters like Count Basie, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and others helped redefine the sound of big bands, while soloists like Charlie Christian, Roy Eldridge, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, and many others helped blaze new trails for individual expression.

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