Benny Goodman

Biography

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 Belŕ 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 The reputation of Benny Goodman as a jazz player and bandleader is of such significance that it will never be superseded by his work as a classical musician, yet Goodman's devotion to classical music was so deep that when he died of a stroke while rehearsing in 1986, the music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.
    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 2.
    Leonard Bernstein Conducts Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 7880862 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Benny Goodman,  Jennie Tourel,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band,  Norman Scribner Choir  ... 
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  • 3.
    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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    Aaron Copland - Fanfare For America
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101573 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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    Bluebird - The Sampler
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 6389 Release Date: 01/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various,  David Raksin
    Performer:  Charles Mingus,  J.J. Johnson,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Art Blakey  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Swing! Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68509 Release Date: 01/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry James,  Bennie Moten,  edward farley,  Ray Noble  ... 
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Count Basie,  Billie Holiday,  Roy Eldridge  ... 
    Conductor:  Benny Goodman,  Bennie Moten,  Tommy Dorsey,  Charlie Barnet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Benny Goodman Orchestra,  Tommy Dorsey Orchestra,  Charle Barnet Orchestra  ... 
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    Bartok: Contrasts, Mikrokosmos / Bartok, Szigeti, Goodman
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 47676 Release Date: 03/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Béla Bartók,  Joseph Szigeti,  Benny Goodman
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  • 8.
    Original Jacket Collection - Bernstein Conducts Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 727988 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Jennie Tourel,  Isaac Stern,  Lukas Foss
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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  • 9.
    Bartok Plays Bartok
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 340 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Béla Bartók,  Joseph Szigeti
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Weber, Nielsen: Clarinet Concertos / Goodman, Gould, Chicago
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5890 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Carl Nielsen
    Performer:  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Jean Martinon,  Morton Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Leonard Bernstein: America's Maestro
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92989 Release Date: 04/05/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Combo
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  • 12.
    All-american - Gershwin, Loeffler, Et Al / Toscanini, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2256/57 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Paul Creston,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Benny Goodman,  Oscar Levant
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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  • 13.
    Debussy, Et Al: String Quartets, Etc / Goodman, Stuyvesant
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9137 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alan Shulman,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gian-Francesco Malipiero
    Performer:  Ralph Hersh,  Alan Shulman,  Sylvan Shulman,  Benny Goodman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuyvesant String Quartet
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  • 14.
    Expanded Edition - Gershwin, Grofe, Etc / Bernstein, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90393 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  John Corigliano Sr.,  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band
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  • 15.
    Leonard Bernstein - A Total Embrace - The Composer
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 90582 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Alan Titus,  Julian Patrick,  Nancy Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  New York Philharmonic,  Berkshire Boys Choir  ... 
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    Preludes, Fugues And Riffs - Jazz In Classical Music
    Label: Sony Classical Npr Milestones   Catalog: 61697 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Jimmy Giuffre,  Leonard Bernstein,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Miles Davis,  Benny Goodman,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Gil Evans,  Gunther Schuller,  Max Goberman,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble,  Jazz and Classical Music Society Brass Ensemble,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Bernstein Century - Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue & Riffs, Etc
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60559 Release Date: 09/29/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti,  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Jazz Band
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  • 18.
    Mozart At Tanglewood / Benny Goodman, Charles Munch, Boston
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68804 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Benny Goodman
    Conductor:  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players
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    The Copland Collection - 1936-1948
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46559 Release Date: 01/18/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  Henry Fonda,  Michael Winfield,  William Lang
    Conductor:  Aaron Copland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    Benny Goodman Collector's Edition
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42227 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Morton Gould,  Igor Stravinsky,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Szigeti,  Benny Goodman,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Igor Stravinsky,  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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