Big Band

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01Pioneers2012111220141117

During the London Jazz Festival this week Donald Macleod is joined by jazz trumpeter, composer and conductor Guy Barker to look at the story of Big Band Jazz. From pioneers like Fletcher Henderson, the superstars of swing Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, to Dizzy Gillespie and Gil Evans, they explore the development of the art of arranging for big band from the 1920s onwards, and the contributions of the key figures involved over the decades.

In the first programme this week Donald Macleod looks at the pioneers of the big band sound, including Fletcher Henderson and Paul Whiteman, with the help of Guy Barker. While Henderson helped to establish the model for big band arranging for the next two decades, Whiteman created a show band and aimed to take jazz into the concert halls.

Donald Macleod on big band pioneers including Fletcher Henderson and Paul Whiteman.

01Pioneers2012111220141117

During the London Jazz Festival this week Donald Macleod is joined by jazz trumpeter, composer and conductor Guy Barker to look at the story of Big Band Jazz. From pioneers like Fletcher Henderson, the superstars of swing Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, to Dizzy Gillespie and Gil Evans, they explore the development of the art of arranging for big band from the 1920s onwards, and the contributions of the key figures involved over the decades.

In the first programme this week Donald Macleod looks at the pioneers of the big band sound, including Fletcher Henderson and Paul Whiteman, with the help of Guy Barker. While Henderson helped to establish the model for big band arranging for the next two decades, Whiteman created a show band and aimed to take jazz into the concert halls.

Donald Macleod on big band pioneers including Fletcher Henderson and Paul Whiteman.

02The Swing Era2012111320141118

Donald Macleod is joined by Guy Barker to look at the swing era, when predominantly white bandleaders like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw took big band jazz to a mass audience. Swing was king, and its popularity came to a head during the Second World War, when the music became the sound of America. They explore the work of the superstars of the day, as well as that of less well-known arrangers and bandleaders who were to have a huge influence on the future sound of big bands.

Donald Macleod and Guy Barker explore the music of the swing era.

02The Swing Era2012111320141118

Donald Macleod is joined by Guy Barker to look at the swing era, when predominantly white bandleaders like Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw took big band jazz to a mass audience. Swing was king, and its popularity came to a head during the Second World War, when the music became the sound of America. They explore the work of the superstars of the day, as well as that of less well-known arrangers and bandleaders who were to have a huge influence on the future sound of big bands.

Donald Macleod and Guy Barker explore the music of the swing era.

03Big Band Bebop2012111420141119

Donald Macleod and trumpeter Guy Barker explore the birth of big band bebop.

Donald Macleod looks at the decline of swing and the birth of big band bebop. He is joined by Guy Barker, who discusses his experiences of meeting and playing with the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and they explore the music of others seeking to revolutionize the sound of the big bands in the post-war period.

03Big Band Bebop2012111420141119

Donald Macleod looks at the decline of swing and the birth of big band bebop. He is joined by Guy Barker, who discusses his experiences of meeting and playing with the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and they explore the music of others seeking to revolutionize the sound of the big bands in the post-war period.

Donald Macleod and trumpeter Guy Barker explore the birth of big band bebop.

04The 1950s2012111520141120

Jazz trumpeter and arranger Guy Barker joins Donald Macleod to look at the developments in the big band sound in the 1950s, from the work of established greats like Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to Gil Evans' work with Miles Davis.

Donald Macleod charts developments in the big band sound in the 1950s.

04The 1950s2012111520141120

Jazz trumpeter and arranger Guy Barker joins Donald Macleod to look at the developments in the big band sound in the 1950s, from the work of established greats like Duke Ellington and Count Basie, to Gil Evans' work with Miles Davis.

Donald Macleod charts developments in the big band sound in the 1950s.

05 LASTThe New Sounds2012111620141121

Donald Macleod and Guy Barker examine the more recent directions taken in big band jazz.

In the last of this week's programmes Donald Macleod and Guy Barker examine the more recent directions taken in big band jazz, from those rooted in the history of the form (Thad Jones played in Count Basie's orchestra) to contemporary contributions to the art form, and Guy picks out the arranger's arranger: Gil Evans

05 LASTThe New Sounds2012111620141121

In the last of this week's programmes Donald Macleod and Guy Barker examine the more recent directions taken in big band jazz, from those rooted in the history of the form (Thad Jones played in Count Basie's orchestra) to contemporary contributions to the art form, and Guy picks out the arranger's arranger: Gil Evans.

Donald Macleod and Guy Barker examine the more recent directions taken in big band jazz.