The Big Band Almanac

The Big Band Almanac

From the publisher...

With more than 500 pictures, and extensive entries on more than 350 orchestras, this complete coverage of black and white bands — from the almost-forgotten Basie, Ellington, Miller, Shaw, and Dorsey — will prompt memories and establish important facts about a glorious era of jazz and popular music.

Forewords by Les Brown and Harry James and an index with more than 6,000 names bracket a book that should be part of any music library.