I'm playing first tenor in a Jazz Big Band for about 12 years now. Our band repertoire is a mixture of old style Swing and more modern tunes, with occasionally some other stuff (Tango, Latin, Pop). I have been a Jazz snob for 40 years now (since I was 15) and enjoy the old Swing and Jazz repertoire the best, never really liked the other stuff.
We are now preparing for a 'real' dance gig for coming Friday, where we have to play 3 sets of about 50 minutes for an (old style) dance party at a dance school in Vlaardingen (NL). For the occasion our band leader gave us some weeks ago about 8 new numbers to study (Tango's, Waltzes, Rumba's, Rock and Roll) and we also have to play a lot of songs from our normal book in a different (danceable) tempo (our band leader worked with the dance school instructor on the tempo's and rhythms which are the best for the dancers).
Yesterday we had the last rehearsal and for the first time I really enjoyed some of the new songs and the (very) simple dancing style arrangements we played. It felt like the band sounded like one voice and the volume was also very decent, which made the band really blend well and made that you could hear all voices from all sections much better than when playing just some loud swing. Also using the appropriate vibrato for a certain piece makes it more fun to play than only giving attention to the notes.
First time I got shivers from playing such kind of musical styles. I must be getting old I guess!