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The Uncrowned King of SwingFletcher Henderson and Big Band Jazz$
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Jeffrey Magee

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195090222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195090222.001.0001

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Building the Kingdom of Swing

Building the Kingdom of Swing

(p.189) 9. Building the Kingdom of Swing
The Uncrowned King of Swing

Jeffrey Magee

Oxford University Press

After his own group disbanded, Henderson began writing arrangements for Benny Goodman's band to play on a network radio program called Let's Dance. The Henderson-Goodman collaboration has been variously interpreted as a challenge to the popular music industry and as a formulaic reinforcement of its values. Recognizing merit in both views but accepting neither as entirely apt, this chapter explores several arrangements — including “Blue Skies”, “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”, and “King Porter Stomp” — in musical detail in the first effort to identify the elements of the mainstream swing style that has been termed “Hendersonese‘. The analytical method combines examination of Goodman's recordings and the many scores and parts of the arrangements now held in the Goodman collections at the Yale Music Library and the New York Public Library, and it insists on understanding musical style in the context of the structure of a network radio program.

Keywords:   Let's Dance, Henderson, Goodman, network radio, arrangements, Blue Skies, King Porter Stomp, Hendersonese

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