From the Library: Big Band, Swing and Beyond

Dif­fi­cult thought it may be to fol­low Gabrielle Riel’s stun­ning Inau­gu­ra­tion Day pro­gramme, we’re going to have a go – and we’ll con­tin­ue with an Amer­i­can accent (most of the time, any­way).

Today we’re play­ing an exten­sive range of jazz and jazz-influ­enced music with a focus on Big Band and Swing. In among the famous artists you’ll hear a great deal of addi­tion­al tracks, from hits of the 20s – 40s to mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions of the Big Band genre, and a num­ber of pieces (gen­er­al­ly loose­ly, at least, falling into the Big Band genre) you prob­a­bly haven’t heard unless you hap­pen to have watched the Test Card on British tele­vi­sion while you were grow­ing up.

We do hope that you enjoy today’s selec­tions of big band jazz and beyond.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin.

You can lis­ten now at — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

• Image: screen­shot of Ben­ny Good­man and his band, with fea­tured vocal­ist Peg­gy Lee from the film Stage Door Can­teen (Wiki­me­dia Com­mons)

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