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How We Got the Big Sound of Big Band Jazz

How We Got the Big Sound of Big Band Jazz

by Staff Writer • 11/29/21 at 09:15am • Classical Music

Big bands evolved from the American dance bands of the late 19th century. While a string orchestra might be adequate to accompany waltzes in the relatively small ballrooms of European society, the larger halls in the United States required a bigger sound, and the dance music of the New World required a more clearly-defined beat.

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