Whenever a big band plays swing you are bound to get people dancing if not you will note that they cannot help but move or tap to the sound.
Swing basically dominated the music scene during the 1930’s through to the 1940’s, aptly because of its swing type feeling.
Many notable musicians shone in the swing era such as Woody Herman, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Shep Fields.
5 Musical instruments used in a swing band
The major musical component of a swing band is its brass section and as such the trumpet plays an important part in this music style.
When played correctly they add an upbeat buzz to any kind of music.
One of the best sax introductions is that of Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Street released in 1978.
The sax is one of those instruments that in the hands of the right musician takes you away.
Who doesn’t love the double base? It gives a soulful smooth ripple to classical music, the bass to swing and a foot-tapping deep resonance to songs like the Stray cat’s strut by The Stray cats released in 1981.
No band is really complete without a set of drums. This is the most basic of all the musical instruments but the most needed as it adds the backbone to any sound.
These are one of the most versatile as they are able to produce all sorts of back up harmonies. The keyboard was used more recent times than back when swing first came out.
You need the good old trombone for that lower base sound to give the depth and make you want to slide!
To give the quirky to dramatic effect to the backdrop of a good old swing track. An instrument that has been around for decades, it lends a haunting to classical, a perky honky-tonk for the bar room and a spunk to swing.