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Jimmie LuncefordFrom 19.00 (GMT)  on Friday evenings you can hear the best in big band swing on Giants of Jazz Radio.  One of the artist who will be making a regular appearance will be Jimmie Lunceford.  He is remembered as the leader of a swinging big band that rivaled on record, and exceeded in person, the orchestras of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. His band differed from many of the other big bands of the 1930s and 1940s in that Lunceford's group was noted less for its soloists than for its ensemble work. Furthermore, most bands of the period used a four-beat rhythm while the Lunceford Ork developed a distinctive two-beat swing often played at medium tempo. The unique sound became known during the Swing era as the Lunceford two-beat. Other musicians featured in the show include; Woody Herman, Lionel Hamption and Fletcher Henderson.

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