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Accordion Band

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The term ‘accordion band’ can describe a number of ensemble types. The first category is ensembles comprised entirely or mainly of accordions. The term can be applied more loosely to a second category of ensembles that contain one accordion...

Bluegrass Band

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The bluegrass band is a direct descendant of the ‘old-time’ US string bands (fiddle(s), guitar, banjo and/or mandolin) that were first recorded in the 1920s. All blue-grass bands owe their existence in part to Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass...

Jazz Band

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Although the term ‘jazz band’ encompasses each and every type of jazz ensemble, it carries a more specific meaning, in that it is the only term used to define the standard six- to eight-piece lineup of the traditional...

Mouth Organ Bands

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The international popularity of the harmonica was duplicated in Australia from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries to such an extent that distinguished composer Alfred Hill described it as Australia’s ‘national instrument...

Washboard Band

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Washboard bands were so named for the novelty value of the washboard used as an instrument, for the band rarely if ever had more than one washboard player. The groups of washboard bands formed by pianist Clarence Williams, with Floyd Casey...

Male Voice Choirs

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Male voice choirs are amateur male-only clubs for part-singing, formally organized with rules and a constitution, self-financed and led by a conductor who may or may not be an employee of the group. Male choirs have a wider...

Palm Court Orchestra

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...‘Palm courts’ were areas in luxury hotels given over to air, space, food and relaxation, thus creating an ambiance for the ‘discerning’ guest. This ambiance included music provided by an ‘orchestra’ (occasionally only three pieces) playing...

Silent Movie Orchestra

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...A silent movie orchestra provided non-recorded musical prologues and accompaniment for a cinematic image. It consisted of anything from a single instrument to an 80-piece orchestra, and could include various devices to provide wind...

Orchestra

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...An orchestra can be a large ensemble of any kind. In popular music, the term has been used without much attention to consistency to describe a wide range of ensembles. Ensembles using the word in their name include ballroom orchestras (for...

Dance Band

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Most instrumental ensembles outside the concert tradition have functioned primarily or partly as dance bands. In popular music studies, however, the term generally has a narrower meaning: a twentieth-century European or North American...