OSH 181 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course description: This series will focus on the Big Bands with particular attention to the greatest and most popular ensembles from the 1920s to the present! A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing/Big Band Era (early 1930s until the late 1940s). A big band typically consists of approximately 12 to 25 musicians and contains saxophones, trumpets, trombones, and a rhythm section. The music played by big bands is highly "arranged", or prepared in advance and notated on sheet music traditionally called 'charts'. Improvised solos may be played only when called for by the bandleader



Fletcher Henderson Orchestra(1922-34), Earl Hines Orchestra(1928-48), Jimmie Lunceford(1929-49)

Week 2

Duke Ellington(1923-1996), Chick Webb(1931-38), Count Basie(1935-present)

Week 3

Benny Goodman Orchestra(1929-1960s), Artie Shaw(1930s-1941)

Week 4

Harry James(1939-83),Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey(1930s thru 1950s), Glenn Miller(1938-present)

Week 5

Cab Calloway(1930-present), Billy Eckstine(1944-47), Dizzy Gillespie(1945-48)

Week 6

Les Brown(1938-2001), Woody Herman(1936-present with Frank Tiberi), Maynard Ferguson(1957-2006)



This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2017-2018 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2017-2018 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2017 Ends: 7/31/2018