Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Soft and Subtle Swing of Red Norvo

The loudest voices often get the most attention, but sometimes it’s the quieter ones that are more interesting. The Swing Era was filled with exciting big bands that roared, shouted and pounded, but some of the most satisfying musical sounds … Continue reading

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Tommy Dorsey’s Greatest Band

Few big bands were quite the extreme study in contrasts as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra of the early 1940s. It could blast the roof off with high-energy swing and then turn around and play the lushest, most romantic sounds imaginable. … Continue reading

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