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BENNY GOODMAN

Benny Goodman learned clarinet at his synagogue, bolstered by two years of classical training. He made his professional debut at 12 and became part of the rich Chicago jazz scene, steeped in the music of New Orleans. Goodman first recorded in 1926 and spent several years as a first-call musician in New York. His 1934 band was broadcast on the popular “Let’s Dance” radio show which aired coast to coast. An otherwise unsuccessful tour in 1935 ended in a smash hit in Los Angeles where the audience went wild. Thus, it is said, swing was born and Goodman became its King.

The band included trumpeter Bunny Berigan, vocalist Helen Ward, and Gene Krupa, the explosive drummer who was seminal to the band’s swinging sound. In 1937 Harry James, Ziggy Elman, and Vido Musso joined the band. Success was due to Goodman’s hiring the best arrangers, Fletcher Henderson (whom he credited with creating the swing sound), and the best players whom he rehearsed hard. He was one of the first to feature band members in small settings and the first to integrate a band with such greats as Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jimmy Rushing.

Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert was a first for a jazz group in such a venerable setting and remains one of jazz’s high points. The band enjoyed many top ten hits a year and was featured in several films, the first being The Big Broadcast of 1937. And Goodman is delightful in A Song is Born (1948).

After he disbanded the orchestra in 1949 he continued to organize groups for tours and recording sessions, and the virtuoso clarinetist, who had become the first jazz musician to gain critical acclaim in the classical world in 1935, performed with many symphony orchestras.

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
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BARTOK, B.: Contrasts / Rhapsody No. 1 / Mikrokosmos (excerpts) (Bartok, Szigeti, Goodman) (Bartok Plays Bartok) (1940) Naxos Historical
8.111343
Chamber Music
Commercial Grooves: Nostalgic Tracks from TV Adverts Naxos Nostalgia
8.120798
Nostalgia
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Bumblebee Stomp (1937-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120677
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Jam Session (1936-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120605
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing Me a Swing Song (1935-1936) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120548
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing, Sing, Sing (1937-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120768
Jazz
HITS OF THE 1940s, Vol. 1 (1940): I'll Never Smile Again Naxos Nostalgia
8.120636
Nostalgia
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
8.102002
Jazz
Jazzin Legeanat - 60 kaikkien aikojen klassikkoa Naxos Jazz Legends
8.103014
Jazz
LEE, Peggy: It's a Good Day (1941-1950) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120642
Jazz
MOZART: Piano Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / Clarinet Quintet (Szell, Goodman, Budapest Qt) (1938, 1946) Naxos Historical
8.111238
Chamber Music
SMITH, Bessie: I've Got What It Takes (1929-1933) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120732
Blues
TEAGARDEN, Jack: Texas Tea Party (1933-1950) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120585
Jazz
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Let's Dance! (1934-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120536
Jazz
ULTIMATE BIG BAND COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120861-62
Nostalgia
ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
Nostalgia
WILSON, Teddy: Blues in C-Sharp Minor (1935-1937) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120665
Jazz

Role: Classical Composer 
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ARMSTRONG, Louis: Live in '59 (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-JILA
Jazz DVD
BASIE, Count: Coming Out Party (1940 - 1942) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120819
Jazz
BASIE, Count: One O'Clock Jump (1936-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120662
Jazz
BASIE, Count: Rock-A-Bye Basie (1939-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120736
Jazz
Commercial Grooves: Nostalgic Tracks from TV Adverts Naxos Nostalgia
8.120798
Nostalgia
FITZGERALD, Ella: A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120540
Jazz
FITZGERALD, Ella: Oh! Lady be Good (1945-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120716
Jazz
GARLAND, Judy: Over the Rainbow (1936-1949) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120563
Nostalgia
GARNER, Erroll: Erroll Garner Plays Misty (1953-1954) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120771
Jazz
GIANTS OF JAZZ Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120756-57
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Bumblebee Stomp (1937-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120677
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Jam Session (1936-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120605
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing Me a Swing Song (1935-1936) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120548
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Sing, Sing, Sing (1937-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120768
Jazz
HAMPTON, Lionel: Air Mail Special (1937-1946) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120651
Nostalgia
HAMPTON, Lionel: In The Mood For Swing (1937-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120621
Jazz
HAMPTON: Lionel Hampton and his Golden Men of Jazz TDKDVD
DV-JLHGMJ
Contemporary Jazz
HAWKINS, Coleman: Body and Soul (1933-1949) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120532
Jazz
INK SPOTS: Swing High, Swing Low (1935-1941) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120534
Nostalgia
JAZZ FOR YOU - CHILL WITH FITZGERALD (1936-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120893
Jazz
JAZZ LEGENDS - Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Glenn Miller Naxos Jazz Legends
8.102002
Jazz
Jazzin Legeanat - 60 kaikkien aikojen klassikkoa Naxos Jazz Legends
8.103014
Jazz
KING COLE TRIO: Transcriptions, Vol. 1 (1938) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120512
Jazz
MCPARTLAND, Marian: Lullaby of Birdland Naxos Jazz Archives
9.81168JZ
Jazz
REINHARDT, Django: Americans in Paris (1938-1945) (Reinhardt, Vol. 8) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120740
Jazz
STRING FEVER: It don't mean a thing Naxos
8.572834
Contemporary Jazz
TATUM, Art: Fine And Dandy (1937-1944) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120730
Jazz
TEAGARDEN, Jack: Texas Tea Party (1933-1950) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120585
Jazz
THEMES OF THE BIG BANDS: Let's Dance! (1934-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120536
Jazz
ULTIMATE BIG BAND COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120861-62
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE AIRMEN OF NOTE: Airmen of Note (The) Altissimo
75442255592
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE PACIFIC: Midnight Sun Altissimo
75442260412
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES ARMY FIELD BAND JAZZ AMBASSADORS: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Altissimo
75442270012
Contemporary Jazz
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Coast to Coast Altissimo
75442261052
Contemporary Jazz
WILSON, Teddy: I Want to Be Happy (1944-1947) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120538
Jazz

Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
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FITZGERALD, Ella: A-Tisket, A-Tasket (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120540
Jazz
FITZGERALD, Ella: Oh! Lady be Good (1945-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120716
Jazz
GOODMAN, Benny: Bumblebee Stomp (1937-1939) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120677
Jazz
JAZZ FOR YOU - CHILL WITH FITZGERALD (1936-1952) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120893
Jazz

Role: Conductor 
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THOSE WERE OUR SONGS - Hits from World War II Altissimo
75442255452
Contemporary Jazz





 
 
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