as the 'King of Swing', Benny Goodman really knew how to rip it up
when it came to the clarinet. His first experience with the
clarinet was with one he got at his local synagogue. Since
this first extraordinary experience, Benny kept on blowing
on his clarinet until his last breath in 1987.
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He was a liberal,
well-read, confident, Jewish Democrat with a large vocabulary
and an even larger reputation. Proud of the fact, Benny was
known for being one of the first to integrate black and white
musicians.In 1925, he became the star of Ben Pollack's band. In 1936 he had
his own trio, and from 1935 to 1945 led his own orchestra. In 1938,
Benny s band blasted Carnegie Hall with Sing, Sing, Sing. They were
the first jazz band to play in Carnegie Hall, and by doing so made
jazz a respectable music to listen to. During this time, The Goodman
Style became the standard style for jazz clarinetists.
This collection includes some excellent recordings from Benny Goodman's
1938 concert at Carnegie Hall, recordings at Congress Hotel in downtown
Chicago, and his weekly program, Swing School, for the Camel [Cigarettes]