big band


Definition of big band

: a band that is larger than a combo and that usually features a mixture of ensemble playing and solo improvisation typical of jazz or swing

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Recent Examples on the Web The 130-person Field Band comprises several performing groups, from orchestra to big band ensemble, jazz group to a country outfit called the Six-String Soldiers. Washington Post, 30 May 2021 The Big 5 Show Band, playing classic rock; July 13 -- K-Street, playing Motown, rock ’n’ roll and country; July 20 -- Club 30, performing classic hits of the 1970s through the ‘90s; and July 27 -- The Dan Zola Orchestra, featuring big band music. cleveland, 21 May 2021 For those missing the uplifting energy of big band music, Sammy Rae & the Friends deliver., 23 Apr. 2021 Clarinetist Artie Shaw lays out his chorus with a rough, gritty tone, totally different from his much smoother playing with his big band a few years later. Will Friedwald, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2021 The program offers an array of American jazz classics from all eras, performed in big band and combo settings, highly choreographed jazz productions, and featured solo performances., 26 Mar. 2021 Pete Ellman has played the trumpet with music legends like Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Wayne Newton, and his big band performed in locations all around the Chicago area. Suzanne Baker,, 12 Mar. 2021 The different arrangements showed the versatility of a solid big band, under the stewardship of Chuck Archard. Matthew J. Palm,, 28 Feb. 2021 Casual of gesture but deeply focused in demeanor, Mr. Kimbrough had an understated style that could nonetheless hold the spotlight in trio settings, or fit slyly into Ms. Schneider’s 18-piece big band. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of big band

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Big band.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of big band

: a large musical group that usually plays jazz music that people dance to


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