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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 The reputation of Benny Goodman as a jazz player and bandleader is of such significance that it will never be superseded by his work as a classical musician, yet Goodman's devotion to classical music was so deep that when he died of a stroke while rehearsing in 1986, the music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.
    The Fabulous Swing Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68987 Release Date: 02/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph C. Garland,  Billy Strayhorn,  Louis Prima,  Various
    Conductor:  Glenn Miller,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Benny Goodman,  Tommy Dorsey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glenn Miller Orchestra,  Duke Ellington Orchestra,  Benny Goodman Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Masters Of The Big Bands - The Vocalists
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 66071 Release Date: 07/28/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Hoagy Carmichael,  Sam H. Stept,  Elmer Albrecht  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hibbler,  Billy Eckstine,  Marion Hutton,  Tex Beneke  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Earl Hines,  Glenn Miller,  Artie Shaw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duke Ellington Orchestra,  Earl Hines Orchestra,  Modernaires  ... 
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    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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