Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tantalizing Transcriptions

It seems rather bizarre today, but back in the 1930s record companies didn’t want their records played on the radio. The assumption was people wouldn’t buy records if they could hear them for free over the airwaves. Record labels even … Continue reading

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Big Band Boogie

The most joyous of all jazz styles has to be that rollicking form of blues piano known as boogie-woogie. During the Swing Era, big bands took boogie-woogie, dressed it up in brass and saxophones and ignited a new musical craze. … Continue reading

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Pete Rugolo: Master Music Mixologist

Although Pete Rugolo spent much of his career scoring background music for television and movies, he ranks among the most important and original big band arrangers.  As the chief arranger of Stan Kenton’s orchestra at its peak of popularity in … Continue reading

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Singing Trumpeters

During the Swing Era it seemed like all trumpet soloists were required to sing, whether they had much of a talent for it or not. Essentially they were just following the model set by Louis Armstrong. But even if other … Continue reading

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