There’s nothing like the sounds of a ‘big band’ to takes us back to another time. The Count Basie Orchestra began to take on the world with their infectious swingin’ sounds, rising to prominence in the 1930’s.
Big bands began to dominate the jazz arena, forcing the older jazz generations to adapt to the various emerging styles or put down their instruments. The 1930s and 40s saw teens and young adults dancing to Big Bands on their radios, in their living rooms and going to as many live concerts to shuffle, spin and swing the night away!
The band members were much loved by their fans and they travelled far to perform for them, even if it was for one night only. Travelling and lodging in these times wasn’t always easy, often with a lack of sleep and food and it was up to the bandleader to hold it all together when the going got tough.
Big Bands also played a significant role in lifting the spirits in World War II, with many band members serving in the military. During this time some vocalists also started to go out on their own and Swing began to give way to other music styles such as Bebop.
Through decades of change, the Count Basie Orchestra is still taking the world by storm with their authentic Big Band sound and they’re making their way to Australia. Performances are strictly limited so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go back in time!
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