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Born: May 30, 1909; Chicago, IL   Died: June 13, 1986; New York, NY  
Clarinetist Benny Goodman, "the King of Swing," was one of the greatest artists and bandleaders in the history of jazz. However in 1938, at the height of his popularity, Goodman began to pursue classical music as a sideline, for the mere reason that he was bored -- "how many choruses can you play on 'Oh Lady Be Good'?" he once mused. The one-time student of legendary Chicago clarinet teacher Fritz Schoepp became an expert interpreter of the Read more Mozart Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 and mastered much of the standard literature for his instrument. Well before he ran through the major clarinet classics, Goodman began to commission works from contemporary composers such as Stravinsky and Copland. His first venture in this regard resulted in Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano by Belà Bartók, and the 1940 Columbia record Goodman, Bartók and violinist Joseph Szigeti made of this work may well be the most astonishing historical recording of "modernist" music ever made. The reputation of Benny Goodman as a jazz player and bandleader is of such significance that it will never be superseded by his work as a classical musician, yet Goodman's devotion to classical music was so deep that when he died of a stroke while rehearsing in 1986, the music stand was open to the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115. Read less
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    It Don’t Mean A Thing / Marin Alsop, String Fever
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572834 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Cole Porter,  Horace Silver,  Dave Brubeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  String Fever
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    The Hot Club Of San Francisco
    Label: Clarity   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Django Reinhardt,  James P. Johnson,  Walter Donaldson,  Jimmy Rowles  ... 
    Performer:  Ned Boynton,  Paul Mehling,  Paul Robinson,  Evan Dain  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Club of San Francisco
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    The Lady In Red / Hot Club Of San Francisco
    Label: Clarity   Catalog: 1019 Release Date: 05/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benny Goodman,  Irving Berlin,  Roger J. Ramirez,  Various
    Performer:  Maria Muldaur,  Dan Hicks,  Barbara Dane
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Club of San Francisco
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    Adventures In Music-making / The Haddens
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1065 Release Date: 08/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexandre Tansman,  Arthur Benjamin,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Madeleine Dring  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Hadden,  Frances Roots Hadden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Haddens
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