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  • The Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel is about to launch an experiment: free big-band dancing on Monday nights in March.

    A Hiro's Welcome for Spring Swing

  • Even more surprising is contralto Johnaye Kendrick, who doesn't sing anything like a conventional big-band vocal refrain all night, but who conjoins with the leader in forming a two-person vocal section; occasionally there are words, but they're generally chanted in what sounds like an African dialect, indicating that it isn't about the lyrics but the sonic quality of the two voices and they way in which they blend with the other orchestral colors.

    Virtuosos in Solos, Duos and Trios

  • On Monday, choreographer Heather Flock will teach the Lindy Hop, after which the Jonathan Stout Orchestra plays big-band tunes from the 1930s and '40s.

    Get on the Dance Floor

  • The stringless school-of-Nelson-Riddle big-band accompaniment will likewise seem undernourished to anyone familiar with the original-cast album, which features the swing-for-the-fences orchestrations of Robert Ginzler.

    Lovable, Huggable, And Unscrupulous Too

  • Small wonder the two remained friends for the rest of Brown's days, until his death in 2001—something that can't be said for most big-band "canaries" and their former bandleaders.

    Sunny Day Keeps On Shining

  • Photo by Douglas Mason/Getty Images The music of Argentine composer-bandleader-pianist Guillermo Klein is some of the most exciting larger-ensemble jazz being created today, yet his 10-piece ensemble, Los Guachos, sounds nothing like "traditional" big-band music.

    Friends, Sisters, Countrymen

  • Mr. Rivers's big-band music is full of dense but remarkably distinct layers.

    Big-Band Sounds—Of the 1970s

  • Now, via a pair of releases on the mail-order label Mosaic Select, they are linked again for their big-band work.

    Big-Band Sounds—Of the 1970s

  • Mr. Tolliver, who has returned to the big-band setting in recent years, favored leaner music with distinctive and melodic solos on his two albums.

    Big-Band Sounds—Of the 1970s

  • Playing music from his big-band tribute to Nat King Cole's Spanish-language albums, saxophonist David Murray's Cuban Ensemble occupied the same space as Mr. Bernstein and his Millennial Territory Orchestra, which drew from its new album, a take on the music of Sly Stone.

    The Broad Tent of Jazzfest


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