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Swing And Big Band Music

  1. 1. Swing and Big Band Music<br />A Presentation created by:<br />Meghann Hall,<br />Karen Lucas,<br />Emily Mangold,<br />and Rosanna Sartore<br />
  2. 2. History of this Genre<br />Big band has existed in jazz music from the swing era into the present<br />Big bands play swing, bop big bands, progressive big bands, and modern/experimental big bands<br />Rhythm section emphasized a four-to-the-bar beat<br />Horns were used to play syncopated figures over the beat which made for a punchier sound<br />Musical arrangements became more important. <br />Many big bands that became popular began and reached their peak during the swing era which is why the terms big band and swing are often interchanged<br />
  3. 3. Rise and Fall of Swing<br />The popularity of swing began around 1935 with the arrival of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing”<br />Swing music dominated the American social world until the end of World War II<br />The war drafted many of the big band members<br />Another factor is blamed on the strike of the Musician Union, which lasted a full 27 months<br />The cabaret tax was introduced in 1941, causing clubs to pay 30% of their ticket sales in taxes<br />A new jazz sound, Bebop, began to grow in popularity along with less expensive rhythm and blues bands<br />Swing, which became popular during the depression and was so popular when the war started, became a reminder of those grim years. The Swing Era died<br />
  4. 4. Swing Revival<br />In 1992, Brian Setzer introduces the Brian Setzer Orchestra and his own neo-swing style to the fans of his Stray Cats days<br />Swing dances like the Lindy Hop and West Coast swing began to grow in popularity fueled by this style and vice-versa<br />Night clubs began featuring swing dancing nights and bands such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Brian Setzer began headlining clubs<br />Movies with swing music (Swing Kids-1993 and Swingers-1996)<br />By the summer of 1998, bands such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies flew up the charts<br />Media coverage of the swing fad and record sales of neo-swing music have declined since 2000, but there are organizations and clubs around the world that are still devoted to swing dancing and music<br />
  5. 5. Well-Know Performers<br />Duke Ellington<br />Louis Prima<br />Benny Goodman<br />
  6. 6. Duke Ellington<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDQpZT3GhDg<br />Called his music “American Music”<br />Duke Ellington is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed during his lifetime. His best known for; &quot;It Don&apos;t Mean a Thing if It Ain&apos;t Got That Swing“.<br />Duke Ellington was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966.<br />
  7. 7. Louis Prima<br />At the time he was considered one of the greatest contributor towards modern music.<br />Was a great musical influence to future performers such as Elvis Presley. <br />Some of his songs include; “Sing Sing, Sing”, “I Ain’t Got Nobody”, “Just A Gigolo”, and many others.<br />His music is still used in television show and movies today such as:<br />Elf (2003)- Pennies From Heaven<br />We Own The Night (2007) Just A Gigolo and Should I<br />Dancing With The Stars (2007) Sing, Sing, Sing<br />Many More for complete list go to: http://www.louisprima.com/<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pELxwTp7gk&feature=PlayList&p=C111F00B38445995&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=2<br />
  8. 8. Benny Goodman<br />Has been named as the King of Swing<br />He was phenomenal clarinetist and band leader.<br />During an era of segregation, he also led one of the first racially-integrated musical groups.<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwDN9UMMi3c<br />
  9. 9. Uses in the Classroom<br />Upper Primary Students can learn the basic step of the swing dance.<br />Use mantra, “step, step, rock step”<br />Start by stepping withoutthe music and then addmusic to see if students canfollow the beat<br />Swing Dancing Tutorial Video can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqd78wIcB2A&feature=related<br />
  10. 10. Uses in the Classroom<br />Play swing music to younger aged children. <br />Have them move to the music<br />Have them create art that shows how the music makes them feel<br />Have them pick out instruments or sounds within the music<br />
  11. 11. Uses in the Classroom<br />Learning how to swing dance or simply moving to swing music is great, but there are more things you can do with this concept<br />Create a historical unit that involves students dressing up and learning more about the history of the times during the rise of swing<br />Connect what they know about swing dancing and music to the other genres they have been learning about<br />
  12. 12. Uses in the Classroom<br />Take students on a field trip <br />To see professional swing dancers <br />To hear big band music live<br />Bring in Experts to the Classroom<br />Have a band come in and let students see them play the instruments they use to play swing music<br />Have dancers come in and give lessons and let student see costumes<br />
  13. 13. Activities for Grown-Ups<br />http://www.evilleswingcats.com/<br />If you want to learn more about swing dancing before teaching, check out this website. They offer tutorials for many different styles of swing dancing. <br />
  14. 14. Local Talent<br />The Two Tone Express<br />Play at Casino Aztar<br />Genre Includes: Swing, 60s and 70s<br />
  15. 15. Resources<br />http://www.dukeellington.com/ellingtonbio.html<br />http://www.bennygoodman.com/about/achievements.html<br />http://www.louisprima.com/<br />http://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Tone-Express/88245225138<br />http://www.just-the-swing.com<br />http://www.jazzitude.com/histswing.htm<br />Plus all websites listed on previous slides<br />
  16. 16. The End<br />Thank you for your participation <br />