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Big band

A big band is a type of musical ensemble that usually consists of ten or more musicians with four sections: saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section.

Big bands originated after 1914 and dominated jazz until about 1950, though different kinds of bands, small and large, existed before and after that period. The fluid nature of jazz prevents precise definitions. During the 1910s, jazz was moving out of its birthplace of New Orleans into northern cities such as Chicago and New York City and incorporating other styles of music.

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This roaring piece, entitled "La Suerte de los Tontos," is a big band composition by Stan Kenton. It features saxophone, french horn, trumpet, trombone and a rhythm section. I hope you enjoy it!

Contributed by Joseph Perry

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