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z dance bands became more popular than the traditional syncopated dance bands, jazz bands also became "bigger". They were still smaller than the symphonic orchestra but much larger than the old New Orleans orchestras. It was mainly economic pressure that caused this apparent regression to the pop orchestra: the masses loved to dance, and expected an orchestra to provide the music. They liked the sound of jazz music, but not quite the format of the small group or (worse) soloist. Basically, the big bands of jazz offered a compromise: jazz music (with improvising soloists) played according to the conventions of pop music. The repertory too was often taken or derived from the repertory of Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and the vaudeville. Thus these bands played music that was arranged in sophisticated manners, although it still left room for individual improvisation.