Music : Swing era musicians, part 1


During the swing era, swing music was American music -- there was no rock and roll, and it became the popular music of its day. Rather than spending time explaining the different phases within the swing era (you'll figure it out), here are artists you need to know about to continue your musical journey.

Count Basie was the main man in the Kansas City music scene, and his band has a sound that is distinct from the New York bands of the era. His music typically plays on the edges of tempo: Fast and slow.


  1. One O'Clock Jump
  2. Splanky
  3. Jumpin' at the Woodside
  4. Jive at Five

Benny Goodman played an important role in the history of swing music: He introduced it to the world. If you find a good song he recorded, you can usually -- but not always -- find a version that's better for dancing by someone else.


  1. King Porter Stomp
  2. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  3. Flat Foot Floogee
  4. Sing, Sing, Sing

Ella Fitzgerald recorded music for 59 years and probably sang every song worth singing. What else is there to say?


  1. Mack the Knife
  2. A-Tisket, A-Tasket
  3. Paper Moon
  4. Too Darn Hot

Cab Calloway is the model for the over-the-top big band leader. He is wacky and all about dancing and having fun.


  1. Minnie the Moocher
  2. Calloway Boogie
  3. Everybody Eats When They Come to My House
  4. Jumpin' Jive