|'It donít mean a thing if it ain't got that swing' wrote Duke Ellington and Irving Mills in 1931, a comment that could typify Swinging Jazz like no other. This highly rhythmic and swinging genre is usually played mid to fast tempo.The traditional Jazz line up of piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, harmonica, glockenspiel, vibraphone, bass - usually upright, drums and percussion is often joined by musical peers flute, clarinet, strings and guitars.
Artists in the Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Buddy Rich and Harry James were all key players in the Swinging Jazz age of the mid 20th century. However, the genre call hardly be considered to be a spent medium, Louis Prima's recording of 'I want to be Like you' that featured in Disney's 1967 Jungle Book animation continues to delight all ages. And with musicians and like Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Royal Crown Revue, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Brian Setzer cited in recent years this happy feeling, perky and melodic genre continues to inspire musical passion.
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