Bands: Play It Again, Sam

No, the big bands are not coming back. They probably never will. At least not in the way they flourished 30 years ago, doing up to six shows a day at theaters like Manhattan's Paramount, playing for dancing at spots like the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, N.Y., echoing over the radio networks every night from hotel ballrooms across the U.S. All that has been relegated to memory—and to the big-band buffs. These are the forlorn breed of fanatics who can not only instantly identify Artie Shaw's 1940 recording of Stardust...

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