Making the Scene: Contemporary New York City Big Band Jazz by Alex Stewart PDF

By Alex Stewart

ISBN-10: 0520249534

ISBN-13: 9780520249530

The obtained knowledge of well known jazz background is that the period of the massive band used to be the Nineteen Thirties and '40s, whilst swing was once at its top. yet as practising jazz musicians recognize, even supposing titanic bands misplaced the highlight as soon as the bebop period started, they by no means quite disappeared. Making the Scene challenges traditional jazz historiography by way of demonstrating the important function of massive bands within the ongoing improvement of jazz. Alex Stewart describes how jazz musicians have discovered tremendous bands necessary. He explores the wealthy "rehearsal band" scene in long island and the increase of repertory orchestras. Making the Scene combines ancient learn, ethnography, and player remark with musical research, ethnic experiences, and gender idea, dismantling stereotypical perspectives of the large band.

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Although most observers would agree that the number of female instrumentalists has grown significantly since the 1980s, female jazz musicians face continued resistance to their full participation. Given the existence of the large and often separate social networks in New York’s jazz scene, like racial integration, sexual integration in jazz may prove elusive. JAZZ SCENES: COLL ABOR ATION AND COMPETITION In jazz links between composers and players have been more direct than those typically found in classical music.

Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey were in the studio before they started their bands, Glenn Miller and most of those cats in New York. . And all these musicians have come to New York, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and they’ve all left a little spore. A little vibrato from [lead trumpeter] Conrad Gozzo, high range from [trombonist] Urbie Green, triplets from [trumpeter] Joe Wilder; there’s this amazing performance tradition. It’s so joyous to play that people form bands and do it for free, although they would rather be paid!

As we enter she is talking about growing up in Minnesota. She describes her fears associated with a bomb shelter that was in her parents’ house (the door to which was beside her bed) and shares intimate details about her life. The band then launches into “Bombshelter Beast,” the first part of an extended suite based on Schneider’s childhood memories. We stay for only one piece so that we can race downtown to the Knitting Factory in time to hear the Oliver Lake Big Band. When Lake is not playing alto saxophone sideways to the audience, he makes strange gestures and hand signs to the band.

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