Category Archives: Singers

The Singing Bandleaders

The common images of the great Swing Era bandleaders include dazzling trumpeters with gleaming horns; handsome young clarinet virtuosos; and elegant pianists conducting from the keyboard. Singers were an important part of every orchestra‚Äôs success, but few of them were … Continue reading

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The Voices of Duke Ellington

“We have been extremely lucky with our singers,” Duke Ellington once wrote. “Each seemed to join us at the right time when what they were doing with songs was just right for the places we were playing.” Not every fan … Continue reading

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A Surprising New Day

Former big band singer Doris Day made history this week. At the age of 87* she has become the oldest female artist to hit the UK top ten with an album of new material. It’s an amazing feat for a … Continue reading

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