Contemporary Era

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1930 to 1945

The danceable swing style of big bands and bandleaders such as Benny Goodman was the dominant form of American popular music from 1935 to 1946, a period known as theswing era. The verb "to swing" is also used as a term of praise for playing that has a strong groove or drive.

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Years Active: 1952–present

John Williams

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composerconductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars seriesSupermanE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones seriesJurassic ParkSchindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films.[1] 

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Early 20th century

The blues has deep roots in American history, particularly African-American history. The blues originated on Southern plantations in the 19th Century. Its inventors were slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves—African-Americansharecroppers who sang as they toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields.

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Years Active: 2006-present

The blues has deep roots in American history, particularly African-American history. The blues originated on Southern plantations in the 19th Century. Its inventors were slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves—African-Americansharecroppers who sang as they toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields.

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Years active: 1972–present

Daniel Robert "Danny" Elfman (born May 29, 1953)[4] is an American composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. From 1976 to 1995 he was the lead singer and songwriter for the band Oingo Boingo.

In 1976 Elfman entered the film industry as an actor. In 1982 he scored his first film,Forbidden Zone, directed by his older brother Richard Elfman. Among his honors are four Academy Award nominations, a Grammy for Batman,[5] an Emmy for Desperate Housewives,[6] the 2002 Richard Kirk Award,[7] and the Disney Legend Award.[8]

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Years Active: 2007-present

Jonathan "Jon" Batiste (born November 11, 1986)[1] is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and bandleader from Kenner, Louisiana, United States. Batiste has collaborated with many acclaimed musicians in various genres of music, released recordings of his own, performed in over 40 countries and has appeared as an actor in both film and television.