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...As a performer, arranger, and bandleader, Fletcher Henderson fundamentally shaped the trajectory of big band and swing music. Born in Georgia in 1897, Henderson was raised in a middle-class family and was taught to play piano by his mother....

Swing Music and Big-Band Jazz

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Swing music played by big bands was one of the most durable, visible and commercially successful genres of twentieth-century American popular music. A style of jazz played in ensembles of approximately 12–18 musicians, characterized...