big band

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n big band a large dance or jazz band usually featuring improvised solos by lead musicians
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • big band a band that is the size of an orchestra, usually playing mostly jazz or swing music. The big band typically features both ensemble and solo playing, sometimes has a lead singer, and is often located in a night club where the patrons may dance to its music. The big bands were popular from the late 1920's to the 1940's. Contrasted with combo, which has fewer players.
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Quotations

  • Charles A. Garfield
    Charles A. Garfield
    “It takes no genius to observe that a one man band never gets very big.”

Usage

In literature:

Solid back, big round bands.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
But the warriors were reluctant about touching the plow until Big Thunder, chief of the band, had seized the handles himself.
"Old Fort Snelling" by Marcus L. Hansen
But a great big man can't belong to a mission-band, can he?
"A Missionary Twig" by Emma L. Burnett
When the big Indian fell, his comrades set up a fierce howl, for he seemed to be the leader of the band.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
I had a lit-tle Hus-band, no big-ger than my thumb; I put him in a pint-pot, and there I bid him drum.
"Aunt Kitty's Stories" by Various
I reckon I can tell you where most of the big bands are placed.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
They were made very substantially, with iron bolts and bands and big locks, but now crumbling with age.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
One of them seemed to be a chief and wore a big turban on his head with a silver band around it.
"Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales" by Charles B. Cory
It was a circus, and a brass band, and a big ball, all goin' on at the same time.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
But suddenly a game-keeper with his gun, or a band of women in rags with big bundles of fagots on their backs, would hurry past them.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
Thus the immigration of small bands of people sufficed to influence the culture of that big territory known as Latin America.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The Big Throat led the little band of chiefs to the hut.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
But one of our own British Band has been to the big towns in the East.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
There was no one near us, and on the opposite side of the big pavilion the band was playing 'After the Ball.
"Against Odds" by Lawrence L. Lynch
It's big enough, and the brass bands is plain to feel by.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I tell you I measured these bands and they're plenty big enough.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
Presently the leader of the band, who was astride a big bay, spurred his horse forward.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Behind it are the big hotels all in a curving row, and after dinner all the people come out and stroll about while the band plays.
"Insect Stories" by Vernon L. Kellogg
A brass band is coming over from Riggsville, and they've sent to Indianapolis for some big speaker.
"Aunt 'Liza's Hero and Other Stories" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He thought of the glorious piper bands marching in the big towns.
"The Wee Scotch Piper" by Madeline Brandeis
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In poetry:

I think he slapped that Dago's face;
His voice was big an' loud;
An' then he leads me from my place
Through all that tony crowd.
World-famous Louie by the hand
Took me to meet his famous Band.
"Segregation" by Robert W Service
Oh, see them swinging along, swinging along the street!
Left, right! buttons so bright, jackets and caps so neat.
Ho, the Fire Brigade, or a dress parade of the Soldier-men is grand;
But everyone, for regular fun, wants a Big-Brass-Band.
"The Band" by C J Dennis

In news:

Here is my point… you want to hear Christian ' big band ' music.
The Lake Norman Big Band boasts five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones and a rhythm section to perform big band jazz and jazz arrangements all across the Lake Norman region.
Billy Vera's Big Band puts old songwriters' work back in the moment.
On Saturday, the Juneau Symphony and the Thunder Mountain Big Band will fill the JDHS auditorium with the music of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington at the symphony's 2012 Pops Concert.
A Big Band Extravaganza opens "Jazz and Blues Under The Stars".
View full size Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian Tom Halvorson, 88, and his wife, Rosemary, loved big band music so much, they converted part of their basement to a social club and dance floor.
Germany's HR Big Band commissioned this jazz version in 2003 from Clare Fischer, an American composer, arranger, pianist and big band leader.
"The HR Big Band loved it and recorded it," says Fischer's son Brent, who worked closely with his father as a composer and arranger.
The Central California Big Band Dance Society is holding it's 1st Sunday of the month dance,live music and free dance lessons.
Big on the Big Band .
Come on out and shake a leg to the big-band beat of the Junction City Big Band on Saturday.
Steve Ericksen continues the big band that was started by his late father, musician and educator Earl Ericksen, nearly three decades ago.
Marquette City Band Director Stephen Grugin in the clown costume and David Gilbert in the gorilla costume play up the band's Thursday night concert that was called Under the Big Top .
When the inimitable David Bromberg puts on a show, anything could happen, especially when you add top-notch singers and a rockin' big band.
Bubbly , Big Band, and the Desert.
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In science:

U Ge2 Its ferromagnetic (FM) properties resemble closely a metallic state, where the Fermi surface has a big splitting (70mev) between the up and down spin bands.
The Pairing Symmetry in the Ferromagnetic Superconductor $UGe_{2}$
Harry et al., Laser interferometry for the Big Bang ObserverBig Band Observer, Class.
Accessibility of the Gravitational-Wave Background due to Binary Coalescences to Second and Third Generation Gravitational-Wave Detectors
Cr´ete et al. (1999) modeled M17 using a 2-component model composed of PAHs as the carrier of the UIR bands and VSG responsible for the “warm” continuum and a 2-component model composed of coal dust emission and big grain emission.
High excitation ISM and gas
The primary target for the Big Bang Observer (BBO, Phinney et al. 2003) and the DECihertz Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (DECIGO, Seto et al. 2001) is a background from inflation in the 0.1-1Hz band where a relatively deep window of GWs has been expected to be opened.
Non-Gaussianity test for discriminating gravitational wave backgrounds around 0.1-1Hz
This vacuum dilution process has two different modes: the big band mode for the hidden universe and the big bang mode for the observable universe as Fig. 2 and Fig.3.
The vacuum interpretation of quantum mechanics and the vacuum universe
The big band mode is used in the hidden universe. There is no internal empty space in the big band mode, so the 9-mixed branes is fractionalized into lower mixed branes slowly and sequentially to avoid any rupture internally to create the internal empty space.
The vacuum interpretation of quantum mechanics and the vacuum universe
It is manifested in the extremely slow stepwise fractionalization and condensation from the mixed 9-brane to the mixed 3-brane and back to the mixed 9-brane, resulting in expansion and contraction, like a big elastic rubber band (big band).
The vacuum interpretation of quantum mechanics and the vacuum universe
Horizontal lines are shown indicating observable gravitational wave frequency bands: the current Hubble frequency (CMB techniques), inverse years to decades (millisecond pulsar timing, MSP), millihertz (LISA), one Hz ( the vision mission BBO, Big Bang Observer), and kilohertz (LIGO,VIRGO,GEO).
Gravitational Wave Sources from New Physics
In order to be useful, e.g., for planning VLBI observations, positions determined need to be listed with realistic uncertainty estimates. • Think big! Compared to their predecessors, the new and upgraded facilities, JVLA, ALMA, e-MERLIN, and ATCA, offer awesome advances in much wider band correlator capability.
IAU (Maser) Symposium 287 Summary
Thus if the a disc has a very big perimeter and many of the a-bands starting on the contour of this disc end on boundaries of (a, q , r)-cells, then many of these a-bands must end on the contour of the same r-band.
Length and Area Functions on Groups and Quasi-Isometric Higman Embeddings
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