Essay about My Own Virtual Jazz Band

1027 Words Dec 8th, 2016 5 Pages
For my own virtual jazz band, I wanted to try and pick jazz musicians who could mend well with a dance or a swing band. Max Roach on drums, Charles Mingus on bass, Benny Goodman on clarinet, Lester Young on tenor sax, Cannonball Adderly on alto sax, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton on trombone, Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway as singers, and Duke Ellington on piano and as the bandleader. The group would have the style of early 20th century dance bands and do a live performance in front of an audience, possibly with a dance floor. The style of the band, as a whole, would take after a lot of Duke Ellingtons’ early big bands. As individuals, each musician adds to the overall sound, but still creates a style of the classics they would perform that swing. The songs they would perform would be: “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington,”It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing)” by Duke Ellington, “Blues in Hoss Flat” by Count Basie, “Salt Peanuts” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Sing Sing Sing” by Benny Goodman, “Shaw Nuff” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Dinah” by Louis Armstrong, and “Cottontail” by Duke Ellington. With this set list and the musician’s lineup, some songs will allow the jazz performers to shine specifically during certain songs. Benny Goodman’s fast technique and overall experience will let him shine in breaks and solos, specifically in “Sing Sing Sing”, but lift others’ sound when he creates body and a type of whole-ness in the songs. He would be more…

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