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The Big Band
Big Band music was a hallmark of the 1920s and 30s in American popular music. Traditionally associated with the jazz and swing genres, the big band was a musical ensemble that consisted of no less than 12 and no more than 25 (typically, 17) players, divided into rhythm, woodwind, and brass sections. The rhythm section, however, is something of a misnomer; as it often included a pianist, bassist, or even guitar player. However, the big band sound is characterized by an aggressive leading brass sound, usually dominated by saxophones.
While big bands initially were used in the early 1920s to play jazz compositions, the emergence of swing music in the later 20s and early 30s took big bands by storm, and these ensembles often played for large dances, many of which were memorialized in the film of the time. While the big bands dominance came to an end with the rise of rock and roll in the 50s, it enjoyed brief revival in the late 1990s when swing music became a temporary craze, with groups such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra enjoying top billing on pop charts.