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The Peak and Decline of Swing

The swing movement has seen several peaks through history. It was first introduced in the late 20s as another form of jazz. While jazz has a very distinctive style, swing incorporated more brass and heavy rhythm sections, usually manned by larger numbers of band members than traditional jazz. Artists such as Benny Goodman and Count [...]

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Swing! The Musicals

With the resurgence of the swing scene in the 90s, it was only a matter of time before someone created a musical based on that. Paul Kelly came up with the idea of Swing! and watched it come to life in 1999. The Show Swing! takes classic music from the swing era from famous artists [...]

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The Birth of Swing

In the early 1900s jazz music began to make its way on the music scene. First being popular only in African American communities, it didn’t take long for everyone to take notice. Before the 20s came rolling in, jazz music could be heard in virtually every club in the states, and was making its way [...]

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Swing History- From 1920 -Today

The turn of the century was instrumental in music. In the southern region of the United States, the African American community brought about a form of music that combined blues with syncopation, and jazz was born. Jazz began popping up in underground clubs, and spread through the communities like wildfire. It spurred several sub-genres of [...]

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The UK Swing Scene – Modern Jive

The popularity of the swing movement in the US in the 30s opened the door for many other styles of music throughout the world. The UK was no exception to this. One of the most popular movements to come from this in the UK was Modern Jive. This style of music is still popular today, [...]

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