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Posted: 5/24/2005 4:39:46 PM EDT
I am currently listening to Jimmy Durante. It just screams of charm and class to me.

I thoroughly enjoy the music of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald (probably the best female vocalist of all time) as well as the modern heros of The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, The Royal Crown Revue, The Mighty Blue Kings.

So much class. Such great music. But noone listens to it much anymore.

Sing, Sing, Sing, (With a Swing) was the Heavy Metal of the 20's and 30's....

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing....

Link Posted: 5/24/2005 4:41:42 PM EDT
No, actually I have heard that the classics are becoming popular with the youngfolk lately.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 4:47:36 PM EDT
I'm Generation Why, so I guess I'm not really in the demographic of your question, but I love Sinatra, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, a whole ton of the old classic New Orleans Jazz, Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, and several of those you mentioned.

This is, of course, in addition to my addiction to trance, house, and techno, Alice Cooper, grunge, Johnny Cash, and They Might Be Giants.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 4:50:30 PM EDT
My favorite Christmas CD is Nat King Cole's.

Try it this year.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 4:54:30 PM EDT
I'm not an X, but I'd recommend Glenn Miller
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:04:23 PM EDT
Not a gen X'r but close and both my brother and I enjoy that era's music. He more so than me. I'm leanin real heavy country lately for some reason.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:13:19 PM EDT
At 42, I'm outside of the "Gen X" thing, but I listen to everything new and old. Many of my friends are stuck in the "Pink Floyd", "Led Zepplin", "Areo Smith" era. Me, I like everthing from Sinatra to Bob Marley to Marilyn Manson.

Being a country boy from the Old Dominion, believe it or not, I don't listen to Country, but I love NASCAR. When I moved to Chicago, I was suprised my co-workers listen to Country, enjoy Hockey, but hate NASCAR, even though they have a track right here. Go figure!

BBossman
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:15:31 PM EDT
I can stand it every now and then for a few tunes, but it's just not my thing.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:17:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
But noone listens to it much anymore.



Maybe nobody you know. The neo-lounge scene came and went last decade:
1993 - 1998
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:19:07 PM EDT
<-------Gen X and loves swing/BB

Hell, I sometimes play "Take the A train" in the gym.

NorCal
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:19:24 PM EDT
I listen to everything.

From Frankie To Something Corpoate.


I watch everything

From Casablanca and Catch-22 to Dawn of the Dead 04' and Spiderman 2.


somedays I feel like dressing in a pinstripe suit, somedays I feel like putting on Khaki shorts and a t-shirt with profane language on it.



I'm generation everything :P
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:19:26 PM EDT
I like most stuff up to the mid 90s

After about '96 just about everything new sucks donkeyballs, except for trance and techno (pretty much the only good thing to come out of Europe)
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:36:45 PM EDT
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:45:20 PM EDT
Im pretty young and big band and jazz type stuff is what i listen to most of the time.

Maynard Ferguson would be my favorite followed by Clifford Brown, Louis Armstrong, Dizzzy Gillespie, Bill Chase, ect. Mostly trumpet players.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v600/discombobulation/MF-Downbeat-10-6-1977-signe.jpg

Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:46:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Halfcocked:
My favorite Christmas CD is Nat King Cole's.

Try it this year.



One of THE best Christmas albums EVER !


I've always loved big band and other old time music. It has "life and soul" to it that the stuff nowadays can't even dream to think about.

Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:46:29 PM EDT
I personally am a huge Maynard fan, as well as a pathological listen of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. I also play jazz sax.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:48:28 PM EDT
Born in 1983, and I dig Sinatra.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:59:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Illinigunner21:
I personally am a huge Maynard fan, as well as a pathological listen of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. I also play jazz sax.



Im a trumpet player myself. I bought Gordon Goodwins CD/DVD Swingin for the Fences about 2 weeks ago. Wayne Bergeron's lead playing is amazing. His CD is great too.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 6:10:29 PM EDT
I listen to some Rat Pack stuff, and I absolutely adore Glenn Miller stuff (especially "Kalamazoo" as featured in his film, "Orchestra Wives"). Definitely good stuff. Big Band people had class that some of today's performers lack. I like their touch of finesse. Just listen to Billie Holliday's "Strange Fruit." Always gives me chills. Miller's "In the Mood" makes me want to get up and boogie.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 6:25:22 PM EDT
I have more Sinatra albums than any other artist. Born in 65 - technically the last year of the baby boom or 1st year of gen x.

It's Frank's world. We're just livin' in it.



Link Posted: 5/24/2005 6:26:43 PM EDT
No One's Better than Frankie, Baby.

Sinatra Rules.

SG
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 7:18:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 7:20:19 PM EDT
I listen to jazz more than anything else.

Mostly bebop era and forward.

Link Posted: 5/24/2005 7:21:23 PM EDT
Been listening to all those since I was a kid, love the rat pack.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 7:25:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Halfcocked:
My favorite Christmas CD is Nat King Cole's.

Try it this year.




Thats my dads favorite.
Oddly enough my wife likes Sinatra (go figure for an Italian)
and for myself Warner Cable has a Big Band Channel that I listen to more than any of the other.
Try it.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 7:25:45 PM EDT
23.

Not sure if i fall in X..but never felt i was a norm of culture anyway.

G\f and i love older music.
sinatra, all rat pack, big band. glen miller. etc.

we'd much rather listen to the old stuff to the crap that is out today.

Link Posted: 5/24/2005 7:28:20 PM EDT
I'm 38 and I love standards. I listen mostly to Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr. I own Sinatra's Capitol Years recordings (21 CDs) and his complete Reprise recordings (20 CDs). If anyone wants to trade CDrs send me a PM.
Satch
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 4:36:47 AM EDT
Not really into Sinatra or big band stuff but Django Reinhardt put out some incredible stuff.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 5:21:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/25/2005 5:23:48 AM EDT by Red_Beard]

Originally Posted By porta:
Not really into Sinatra or big band stuff but Django Reinhardt put out some incredible stuff.



There are a lot of modern guys player the "gypsy jazz" django style.

Check out:


Bireli Lagrene (gypsy project albums)
Martin Taylor (he has an album called Spirit Of Django that's great)
Stochello Rosenberg (www.rosenberg-trio.com/)
... there are tons more but I like these guys


Also, here's some video clips of Django and some other players:

www.about-django.com/news/videos/videos.php
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 5:27:02 AM EDT
I like them and I would like to hear more of them. I am in my eraly thirties.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 5:34:02 AM EDT
Who remembers the mid 90s?

There was a huge resurgence of swing music. Brian Setzer even charted with his rendition "Jump Jive an' Wail" (AKA "Drunk drivin', hit a whale") for a good long time (for good reason, it's a great tune and disc) and Tony Bennett had a huge career boost because of it.

Since then it's kind of returned to its background position... Frankly I always liked it (and I was born in the early 70s), I love the vocals and the production on the band albums.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 6:20:01 AM EDT


Been a BB / Swing fan since the mid-80s.

My gateway drug was the 1939 Carnegie Hall recordings of Benny Goodman.

13 minutes of Swing Swing Swing
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 11:55:18 AM EDT
When I was a teenager, I worked at a resort that had a ballroom and an 18 piece orchestra. The music grows on you, especially when its live and high quality.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 12:01:40 PM EDT
No, you're not the only one. I like Big Band, Jazz ,Swing, Country, Blues, etc. from the early 20th Century onward.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 12:04:57 PM EDT
I'm 44 so I guess I am not a Gen-X type guy. But I do love Ole' Blue Eyes and Big Band music.
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 12:29:49 PM EDT
I'm slightly too young for Gen X, but I'm a youngin' in the scene. Check out yehoodi.com and swingdjs.com for a ton of folk your and my age who love swing music (and dancing, truth be told).
Link Posted: 5/25/2005 12:35:58 PM EDT
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