Big band first burst onto the musical landscape in the Roaring Twenties; the 1930s and 1940s, however, marked its golden age, with the likes of Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie leading large jazz and swing orchestras that would blaze a trail for bebop and free jazz. Many of these big bands continued to thrive into the 1970s and beyond, aided and abetted by a new generation of contemporary artists dedicated to keeping the big band spirit alive. Among its torchbearers was Montrealer Vic Vogel.
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Artists Performing This Year: Big Band