- Title Pages
- Roth Family Foundation
- Author's Note
- Chapter 1 New York City Big Band Scenes
- Chapter 2 Behind the Scenes: Training, Rehearsals, and Gigs
- Chapter 3 The Rise of Repertory Orchestras
- Chapter 4 On the Inside: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
- Chapter 5 Making It Work: Leaders and Musical Direction
- Chapter 6 New Directions in Jazz Composition: Three Portraits
- Chapter 7 On the Edge: Sue Mingus and the Mingus Big Band
- Chapter 8 “In the Crack” to “Totally Outside”: Avant-Garde Bands
- Chapter 9 Jazz and Clave: Latin Big Bands
- Chapter 10 Going for It: All-Women Bands
- Chapter 11 Blood on the Fields: Wynton Marsalis and the Transformation of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
- Appendix Some New York City Big Bands Active in 1997–1998
- Selected Discography of Contemporary New York City Big Band Music, 1990–2005
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