ABOUT BEANTOWN SWING ORCHESTRA

Boston's newest and hottest big band consists of eighteen musicians in their twenties playing classic Swing Era dance music from the thirties and forties.  This music was originally performed by young musicians of similar age.  The band's youthful makeup translates into an incredible amount of energy and "coolness," which gets younger as well as older generations out on the dance floor.  Only in Boston will you find a swing band of such caliber with an average age of less than 25.  This is due to the many top-notch jazz musicians that come out of such world-renowned music schools as Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music.  The Beantown Swing Orchestra draws upon the cream of the crop from these schools, resulting in a band that not only can swing as hard as any other, but also knows what is hip and what is not.

The Beantown Swing Orchestra is unique in that it specializes in music from the late-1930s to the early-1940s (known as the "Swing Era"), and it is fortunate enough to possess transcriptions of the original Swing Era arrangements.  It is during this period that swing was king and partner dancing still dominated, and it was the last time that swing, let alone any form of jazz, would ever be in the American mainstream and rule the airwaves with "Top 40" hits.  The orchestra's configuration is exactly the same as the big bands of that time, with four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes/clarinets, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and a vocalist.  This is the only way to get the "big band sound," which consists of four-part harmonies in each of the horn sections. 

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