Definition of big band noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

big band

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Styles of music
 
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a large group of musicians playing jazz or dance music the big-band sound See related entries: Styles of music Culture Big bands were especially popular in the 1940s and produced what was called the big band sound. The most famous were led by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, 'Duke'Ellington, 'Count'Basie, and Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey.
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