Anyone who has ever felt it..... knows exactly what I mean. The rush...that instant LOVE of the Big Band Sound. The feeling that they are it. Big Bands are IT!!!
Whatever style of music they play, and they play them all, here’s nothing quite like hearing that SOUND - for the very first time, or the second, or the third....
There’s a name for this condition.
“It’s not phlebitis. It’s not cellulitis. It’s not tendonitis. It’s
BIG BANDITIS!” (lol)
It was first drummed into me by Buddy Rich, and then transmitted to me via mental osmosis by Woody Herman. I couldn’t have asked for two better, or more diverse teachers.
Big band life is a culture, a lifestyle, a headspace, especially when you’re on the road.
The road.....there’s nothing like it....... anywhere.
There has, of course, been reams of prose written about big bands. But there is a paucity of songs with lyrics that espouse the virtues of big bands and their music. This is especially true in styles of music one would not usually associate with big bands. You will find some here.
These two CD’s contain songs by big bands, songs about big bands, songs by and about big bands....... and more.
Many of them were written for the big band musical “Bring ‘Em Back!”