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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The main genre here is jazz—anything from bebop and contemporary jazz to Latin jazz and big bands. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 Last October, Schneider’s ensemble won the DownBeat Readers Poll for best big band, and Schneider took prizes for best composer and arranger. Howard Reich,, "Stars come out for Elmhurst College Jazz Festival," 15 Feb. 2018 That dwarfs the comparable reach of some of the genre’s biggest bands, such as Slayer (284,000 YouTube subscribers), Megadeth (474,000) and Iron Maiden (898,000), putting him in the company of Metallica (3.9 million). Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Who’s That Covering Coldplay? It’s Loud, Raucous and Involves Headbanging," 30 Oct. 2018 Break up with the eerie vibes with some big band and Sinatra. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "33 Epic Halloween Songs To Make Up For Your Last-Minute Costume," 29 Sep. 2018 The show bridges gaps between Passover, big band and techno, sending dancers through feverish routines that range from utterly unglued to tightly comedic. Kt Hawbaker,, "Ohad Naharin brings Gaga choreography back to Hubbard Street — just don't try to define it," 6 June 2018 His parents were musicians, he in big bands and she in classical chamber groups. Marc Fisher,, "Dan Ingram, early 'Top 40' DJ known for biting humor, dies at 83," 29 June 2018 Tour, featuring the retro sounds of a 19-member big band-horn ensemble led by the great guitarist, arrives in December. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "SPA bringing Margaret Atwood, Radiolab's Jad Abumrad to Houston," 21 June 2018 Many of the guests sound a little daunted by Mr. Marsalis’s ultratight little big band — but not Ray Charles from 2003 in one of his last recordings, still in great voice. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Shawn Mendes Shows His Scars, and 9 More New Songs," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of big band

1917, in the meaning defined above

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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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