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

John Wriggle

Abstract

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 New York City's vibrant entertainment industry of the 1930s and 1940s to uncover the lives and work of jazz arrangers, both black and white, who left an indelible mark on American music and culture. The book traces the extraordinary career of arranger Chappie Willet—a collaborator of Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, and many others—to revisit legendary Swing Era venues and ... More

Keywords: American music history, Swing Era, jazz arrangers, New York City, entertainment industry, 1930s, 1940s, Chappie Willet, big bands, music industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040405
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Wriggle, author