This study seeks to illuminate a largely unknown yet vibrant contemporary music scene, that of the big band, and distance this current scene from the nostalgia associated with the swing music of the 1930s and 1940s while respecting the depth of the ensemble’s history. Given the scarcity of academic research available in this area, interviews have been conducted with leading composers, bandleaders, performers, and educators in order to supplement the modest available research. These interviews form the foundation of the study, and are both quoted throughout and included in full in the Appendix. Rather than seeking to be a comprehensive investigation into the current big band scene, this study instead focuses on several issues that arose during the research and interview processes. These issues include the economics of running a big band and the effects of funding sources, the use of new media technologies for the dissemination of big band music, the role of the university system in big band and jazz music, and the connection between the ensemble and musical conservatism. The study concludes with a survey and analysis of six big band charts written by living composers in order to explore the music itself, complementing the exploration of the scene.
|Commitee:||Burton, Justin, Herrera, Eduardo, Johnson, Douglas|
|School:||Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be