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Today’s Memory – Benny Goodman

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”One way or the other, if you want to find reasons why you shouldn’t keep on, you’ll find ‘em. The obstacles are all there; there are a million of ‘em”


Benny Goodman

May 30, 1909, Chicago – June 13, 1986, New York City

 

Benjamin David Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader; known as the King of Swing.

Benny Goodman Quartet – Moonglow

In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His January 16, 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City 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”.

Benny Goodman – One O’clock Jump Carnegie Hall, 1938

Goodman’s bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz. During an era of segregation he also led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, while exploring an interest in classical music.

Goodman’s bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz. During an era of segregation he also led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, while exploring an interest in classical music.

More on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benny_Goodman

 

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