Benny Goodman

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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 The reputation of Benny Goodman as a jazz player and bandleader is of such significance that it will never be superseded by his work as a classical musician, yet Goodman's devotion to classical music was so deep that when he died of a stroke while rehearsing in 1986, the music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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  • 1.
    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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    Benny Goodman - Pure Gold
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 50973 Release Date: 07/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benny Goodman,  Louis Prima,  Johnny Mercer,  Edgar Sampson  ... 
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Harry James,  Gene Krupa,  Martha Tilton  ... 
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    Hot Mallets Vol 1 / Lionel Hampton
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 6458 Release Date: 08/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lionel Hampton,  Harry Warren,  Benny Carter,  Euday L. Bowman  ... 
    Performer:  Cozy Cole,  Charlie Christian,  Clyde Hart,  Ben Webster  ... 
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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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    Homage To Benny Goodman / Meyer, Metzmacher, Bamberger So
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 5566522 Release Date: 07/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Arnold,  Gordon Hill Jenkins,  Edwin B. Edwards,  Niccolò Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Sabine Meyer
    Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Big Band
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    Pops Stoppers / John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446520 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  W.C. Handy,  Traditional,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Sy Oliver  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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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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  • 9.
    Battle Of The Bands - Artie Shaw Vs. Benny Goodman
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63127 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jack Pettis,  Artie Shaw,  Benny Goodman,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Artie Shaw
    Conductor:  Benny Goodman,  Artie Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Benny Goodman Orchestra,  Artie Shaw Orchestra
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    Benny Goodman Quartet - Together Again
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68593 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benny Goodman,  Irving Berlin,  Spencer Williams,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Teddy Wilson,  Benny Goodman,  Gene Krupa,  Lionel Hampton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Benny Goodman Quartet
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