[Dixielandjazz] Big bands

Anton Crouch a.crouch at unsw.edu.au
Mon Dec 29 14:32:05 PST 2003

Hello Bill G

I like your "picky-ness" and agree with you about the use of "big band" as
a generic term.

BUT, now we get really picky!  :-)

The  OED reports the first useage in print as the Melody Maker magazine for
February 1926. Yes, 1926.

It's the same old song - no matter how early we think something is, there
is always something earlier. I have the feeling that the universe began
before the big bang.

All the best

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