What is swing anyway?

A lot, but not all, of the music that we play in the Rutland Big Band is swing – we’re sometimes referrred to as a “swing band”.

“swing” is typical of music from the 30s and 40s, where the pulse of the music is on the off-beats, rahter than being strictly on the beat as in most pop or classical music. It’s often quite jazzy, with improvised jazz solos from band members while the rest of the band plays from their parts.

Wikipedia also helpfully adds:
“You can feel it, but you just can’t explain it. Do you dig me?”