A big band is a type of musical ensemble that originated in the United States and is associated with jazz and the Swing Era typically consisting of rhythm, brass, and woodwind instruments totaling approximately 12 to 25 musicians. The terms jazz band, jazz ensemble, jazz orchestra, stage band, society band, and dance band may describe this type of ensemble in particular contexts.
Famous quotes containing the words big and/or band:
“Whale on the beach, you dinosaur,
what brought you smoothing into this dead harbor?
If youd stayed inside you could have grown
as big as the Empire State.”
—Anne Sexton (19281974)
“There was a young lady called Gloria
Who was had by Sir Gerald Du Maurier
And then by six men
And Sir Gerald again
And the band of the Waldorf-Astoria.”