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Blue Rhythm FantasyBig Band Jazz Arranging in the Swing Era$
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John Wriggle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040405

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040405.001.0001

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Business and Politics

Business and Politics

The Landscape

(p.15) 1 Business and Politics
Blue Rhythm Fantasy

John Wriggle

University of Illinois Press

This chapter is an overview of the business and political landscape of Swing-Era jazz music. Music arranging was a steadily growing field in America during the 1930s and 1940s, when the job was integral to many areas of the entertainment industry. Moreover, the music format most commonly associated with the Swing Era is the jazz dance big band. Although a number of bandleaders were notably capable arrangers themselves, most Swing Era stars lacked either the time or inclination to write large numbers of works for their own bands. Music arrangers thus found a central role within the business apparatus that supported the rise of big bands during the mid-1930s—an entertainment industry expansion enabled in part by a consolidation of radio, recording, and management enterprises during the Depression.

Keywords:   music business, entertainment industry, music arranging, jazz dance, big band, music arrangers, 1930s, 1940s, Swing Era, jazz music

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