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In the 1990s, when someone refers to traditional big band swing, there is always an implication of the Lawrence Welk variety: music played by old people for old people with slowed tempos, overplayed melodies, stock arrangements, trite solos, and a serious shortage of genuine enthusiasm. The term swing has been diluted through the years and has come to mean a variety of things including rhythm and blues, jump blues, be bop, etc. With so much confusion, I suggest you attend Professor Eddie Reed's class in swing. An Eddie Reed Big band performance is a lesson in authenticity, correcting any misconceptions you may have
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