Benny Goodman
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1909-05-30
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Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman Biography (BBC)

From his earliest years as a childhood prodigy until well into his seventies, Benny Goodman was the most technically accomplished clarinettist in jazz. His immediately distinctive tone, with a slight rasping edge that gave it an urgent jazzy quality, adorned not only hundreds of his own recordings, but dozens more that he made during his busy early years as a freelance.

He grew up in a large Jewish family in Chicago, and had his earliest lessons in a synagogue band. After playing in several amateur bands and studying with classical tutor Franz Schoepp, Goodman joined the Musicians' Union at 14, and at 16 joined drummer Ben Pollack's group.

He stayed with Pollack for some time, making records and playing prestigious jobs, eventually moving with him to New York, where he became a freelance. After five years of prolific activity, he formed his own big band, first playing at Billy Rose's Music Hall in New York, and then broadcasting weekly on the Let's Dance show.

This gave him thousands of fans across the nation, and when he toured to the West Coast in 1935, he received wild acclaim after playing his swing arrangements by Fletcher Henderson at the Palomar Ballroom, Los Angeles. This is generally regarded as the start of the swing era, of which Goodman became the 'king'. In 1935 he also formed his quartet with Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa, and Teddy Wilson.

This group was the first racially mixed band to tour widely in the United States, making Goodman an early ambassador of racial equality in the entertainment industry. His popularity peaked between 1936-9. Health problems led him to retire briefly in 1940, but he re-formed his band several times thereafter - as a regular unit in the 1940s, and subsequently as a series of specially assembled groups for tours or concerts, such as his visits to Russia, Latin America and Japan in the 1960s.

He made several films (playing himself on the soundtrack of The Benny Goodman Story in which actor Steve Allen played Goodman) and was also an accomplished classical clarinettist, commissioning new pieces from Bartok, Hindemith and Copland.

Benny Goodman Biography (Wikipedia)

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing".

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."

Goodman's bands started the careers of many jazz musicians. During an era of racial segregation, he led one of the first integrated jazz groups. He performed nearly to the end of his life while exploring an interest in classical music.

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Nicolò Paganini
Caprice No 24 arr Goodman
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Caprice No 24 arr Goodman

Caprice No 24 arr Goodman

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Julian Bliss Septet
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All The Cats Join In
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All The Cats Join In
Gene Krupa
Hooray For Hollywood
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Hooray For Hollywood
Benny Goodman
Don't Be That Way
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Don't Be That Way
Benny Goodman
Sing Sing Sing
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Sing Sing Sing
Benny Goodman
Sing, Sing, Sing (opening)
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Sing, Sing, Sing (opening)
Leonard Bernstein
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
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Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Benny Goodman
One O'Clock Jump
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One O'Clock Jump
Jimmy Mundy
Swingtime in the Rockies
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Swingtime in the Rockies
Benny Goodman
Chicago
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Chicago
Benny Goodman
King Porter Stomp
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King Porter Stomp

King Porter Stomp

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Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Always
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Always
Benny Goodman
Stompin' At The Savoy
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Stompin' At The Savoy
Benny Goodman
Taking A Chance On Love
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Taking A Chance On Love
Benny Goodman
I'll Never Be The Same
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I'll Never Be The Same
Benny Goodman
Loch Lomond
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Loch Lomond
Benny Goodman
A Smo-o-o-oth One
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A Smo-o-o-oth One
Benny Goodman
On A Slow Boat To China
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On A Slow Boat To China
Benny Goodman
Tiger Rag
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Tiger Rag
Benny Goodman
And The Angels Sing
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And The Angels Sing
Benny Goodman
Fascinating Rhythm
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Fascinating Rhythm
Jack Teagarden
I Ain't Lazy, I'm Just Dreaming
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I Ain't Lazy, I'm Just Dreaming
Igor Stravinsky
Ebony Concerto
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Ebony Concerto

Ebony Concerto

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Columbia Jazz Ensemble
Leonard Bernstein
Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
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Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Benny Goodman
Let's Dance
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Let's Dance
Benny Goodman
Riffin' The Scotch
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Riffin' The Scotch
Benny Goodman
Avalon
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Avalon
Benny Goodman
Swingtime In The Rockies (Live)
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Swingtime In The Rockies (Live)
Benny Goodman
Memories Of You
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Memories Of You
Benny Goodman
It Had To Be You
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It Had To Be You
Benny Goodman
Air Mail Special
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Air Mail Special
Benny Goodman
China Boy
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China Boy
Irving Berlin
Puttin' on the Ritz
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Puttin' on the Ritz
Benny Goodman
Avalon
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Avalon

Avalon

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Soft Winds
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Soft Winds
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