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Vince Giordano's band The Nighthawks do a lot of the music for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. On today’s Fresh Air Giordano explains what makes big band jazz different from the jazz we know today:
What we’re hearing is almost like a unique language that is not spoken that much anymore because of the way these musicians in those years phrased [music]. It was very exciting. It was very on top of the beat. [At that time] there was a limit to what you could do in jazz, mainly because jazz was right at the beginning and it was very melodic and for lack of better words, a lot of fun.
Photo of Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks via NYT
Benny Goodman - “Loch Lomond” from The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (Amazon MP3)
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