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Making the SceneContemporary New York City Big Band Jazz$
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Alex Stewart

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249530

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249530.001.0001

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New York City Big Band Scenes

New York City Big Band Scenes

(p.25) Chapter 1 New York City Big Band Scenes
Making the Scene

Alex Stewart

University of California Press

Big bands form an arena in which views on many issues in jazz today are expressed and acted out. This chapter explores some of New York's many jazz venues, considering such basic issues as the size and instrumentation of big bands, and why big bands have remained important in New York. In most contemporary New York City big bands, nearly all players are accomplished improvisers. During a typical performance, almost everyone is featured on at least one arrangement. Because players have this outlet, they are less driven to become section leaders.

Keywords:   New York, jazz venues, big bands, improvisation, instrumentation

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