Swing Then and Now
Frank Sinatra Big Band 1941
Swing Dancing Couple
Swing History:Then and Now
It is 1930,in the nearest bar you hear moving notes and melodies and you can't help but to go in search for this sound.Walking through the doors, to your left,you see a group of energetic African Americans and young people dancing to the music.The rhythm of the drums,double bass, and piano are seemingly guiding the movements of their bodies.Suddenly, someone asks you to dance pulling you towards the dance floor, although you haven't much interest in this type of music you "feel" it right away.Before you know it you are dancing to the swing of trumpets and trombones,and your soul is moved by the fast yet lyrical piano melodies.After having the most fun in a long time, you are extremely tired,but a lovely slow tune still lets you feel the excitement and beauty of life.Needless to say you leave that bar better than ever and full of life.
It was this feeling that made Jazz's creation, Swing, as famous as it was.In 1930 this amazing branch of Jazz was created by the very people who created Jazz and it was a huge success. The moving melodies were something to be sought for in clubs,bars,and parties;being the life of the party it made people move and dance.Along with its energy the lyrical stories were inspirational and relevant to heart aches of that time period.
Many songs were about love and heart break, but were not restricted.No, the lyrics could have been about a lovely sunset, or a beautiful madame.Maybe even about how happy life is, which was inspirational for those going through the depression and World War emotional and psychological effects.Swing was a get away for many to just simply get lost in the smooth and lyrical feel of Swing.
A few of the most known faces of swing are heard often on the streets.Frank Sinatra, being my personal favorite,is a very well known name,but there are others too who deserve recognition for their contribution to swing.Louis Armstrong, Harry James, Roy Eldridge, Harry Edison,all were wonderful trumpet players.Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Jelly Roll Morton, Nat Jaffe,talented and well known for piano improv.Of course, there are so many more names that are for you to find on your own.
As time has gone by Swing and Jazz has fallen to the background of Rock and R&B, as well as other popular music styles.However, it has not lost its feeling and importance to American culture.Some people today still perform Jazz and Swing such as: Michael Buble,Matt Dusk,Jamie Cullum,andNorah Jones.They still capture the life of the music but also put a modern twist on the style.
Swing is one of the most important styles of music.Don't take my word for it though, look for yourself, listen to a few of the artists from then and now.If you don't love it then at least you can experience a great feeling of genuine American culture of the early 1900's.
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