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Ace Race Arranger: The Broadway Music Clinic

John Wriggle

in Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040405
eISBN:
9780252098826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores Chappie Willet's life and career, in particular the colleagues and ventures that formed his Broadway Music Clinic. Born on September 6, 1907, Francis Robert Willet was raised by ... More


Futuristic Ragtime: Style and Identity

John Wriggle

in Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040405
eISBN:
9780252098826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter raises the issue of how an orchestra achieves its “identity” and how this can be measured. Although the development of a unique repertoire might appear to be an obvious strategy, few ... More


Introduction

John Wriggle

in Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040405
eISBN:
9780252098826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter digs up the forgotten legacies of arrangers in jazz music and emphasizes their importance in the cultural history of music. It illustrates how African American arranger ... More


Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

John Wriggle

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040405
eISBN:
9780252098826
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Behind the iconic jazz orchestras, vocalists, and stage productions of the Swing Era lay the talents of popular music's unsung heroes: the arrangers. This book takes the reader behind the scenes of ... More


Conclusion

John Wriggle

in Blue Rhythm Fantasy: Big Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040405
eISBN:
9780252098826
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

This concluding chapter reflects on the artistic merits of jazz and popular music throughout American music history, and how Swing Era arrangers like Chappie Willet have been regarded by historians. ... More


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