Big Band Swings Against History's Tide

In agreement is the club owner. Brooks can't resist getting behind the drum kit.

"It's really magnificent to have that kind of force behind you, especially as a drummer," he said. "You get a chance to really experience the full wrath and power of being a drummer, playing with a big band. And I think it's a great experience."

'It's Got Fire'

Hendrix sees it as a sort of holy rocking.

"That's basically church, you know?" he said. "The band is our congregation. And the bandstand, that's where we jump for joy. That's where we scream and shout."

Hentoff, who's been listening to sounds like these for more than 50 years, hopes his grandchildren will be so lucky.

"There is no sound in any of music I know that is more galvanizing," he said. "No matter what's going on in the world, for at least the moment or the time you're listening, you're lifted out of yourself and back in, feeling just great."

Dinosaur alert. We have a spotting in West Orange today. And tomorrow, a big band could go thundering by near you.

"You can't match that sound," Elefante said. "It's powerful. It's dynamic. It's got range. It's got fire. You know, there's 17 different people contributing to it. That's what makes it so great."

ABC News originally reported this story Feb. 18, 2005, on "Nightline."

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