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The atmosphere of the jazz swing nightclubs

Prohibition and rules to circumvent, puritanism and the crises of society. And then what? As if by magic everything fades away and you find yourself loosely dancing, lost and free in the vice. Jazz and swing were the perfect musical accompaniment for the nightclubs atmosphere. A playlist whit a selection of songs by Louis Armstrong, Beenie Goodman, Count Basie.
Last added bands to the playlist: Peter Herbolzheimer, Teddy Wilson, Charlie Ventura, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton


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Swing Music

Louis Armstrong was one of the musicians of the swing era in the 1930's that dominated America, with the danceable swing variation performed by the big bands of that time. Benny Goodman who was one of the most respected bandleaders of the American popular music from 1935 – 1946.

With the likes of Glen Miller, Wood Herman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, the swing era played a prominent trend and direction for the future genre's to blend with new styles of swing. By the 1950's a new genre of swing hit the American scene with the pop music scene introducing the drum and base of the original ‘swing' style, bebop jazz and jump blues led the way for a revival by the early 60's. With a new generation of pop vocalists, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra opened the doors for ‘swing' to be incorporated in this day and age as a unique and recorded piece of music history.

Derived from the abbreviation ‘swing feel' emphasising the weaker pulse or the offbeat in the music. The soloist would freestyle and improvise on the melody over the arrangement. With a strong groove ‘to swing' emphasises a strong rhythm section of bass drums and double bass, accompanied by saxophones, clarinets and woodwinds instruments, along with brass instruments such as trombones and trumpets.

By the late 1980’s swing became a more urban-styled swing beat, many genres from country music to electro swing and swing house, became a popular fuse of mixing classic and jazz style. In today’s genre the likes of Robbie Williams with his number one album ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ sold millions of copies worldwide. Swing has been created across all genres, from many generations unfolded a genre that is changeable, variable and will create a rhythmic tempo, a foundation to our current music of this era.