Swing Musicians Through the Ages

In the beginning of the swinger music movement many unknown musicians were given an opportunity to make it pretty big. As the movement grew, the different types of swing music grew and expanded as well. Today swing still remains popular, and many artists still regularly release albums.

Early Musicians

When swing music started to hit its peak in the 30s and 40s, many musicians and groups gained worldwide notoriety. Art Tatum, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, and Ella Fitzgerald all enjoyed success in this genre. The list of noteworthy artists from this era is exhaustive, but a quick trip to a local music store or a browse through your favorite mp3 download program will yield hundreds of artists that still enjoy popularity.

Western Swing

Shortly after the rise of big band swing, the country music industry started to capitalize on this trend. Western swing features the same styling but with a stronger focus on harmonizing vocals and fiddles. Many western swing groups still used brass instruments, but it wasn’t in the forefront of the music. Groups such as the Texas Playboys, Milton Brown, and Spade Cooley all enjoyed success.

Modern Swing

Media attention brought about a swing revival. Groups such as the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Brian Setzer, and Cherry Poppin Daddies helped to move swing in to the new century. By the late 90s a revival of swing music led way to new speak easy type bars and dance clubs that featured swing music nights. Even modern artists like Christina Aguilera incorporated swing successfully in to their style.

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