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With more than 500 pictures, and extensive entries on more than 350 orchestras, this complete coverage of black and white bands--from the almost-forgotten to Basie, Ellington, Miller, Shaw, and Dorsey--will prompt memories and establish important facts about a glorious era of jazz and popular music. Forewords by Les Brown and Harry James and an index with more than 6,000 names bracket a book that should be part of any music library.
About the Author
Leo Walker played trumpet in several Midwest territory bands of the '30s. For ten years he operated his own booking agency in Hollywood where he specialized in handling big bands. A former president of the Hollywood Press Club, he is the author of The Wonderful Era of the Great Dance Bands and founder of the Big Band Academy of America.