It don’t mean a penny if it ain’t got that Benny

Decades before the age of the Internet and iPods, before the age of television, people spent their time listening to the big-band sounds of Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Benny Goodman. The ensemble, which, among many other venues, has played at Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival, is under the direction of John Rapson. Before coming to the UI in 1993, Rapson was a professor of theory and composition at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., where he founded the school’s jazz program. more

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