Happy 100th Birthday Benny
Last Saturday, Big Band great Benny Goodman would have been 100 years old. There are not enough words to express how significant was his contribution to American music.
Tom Vitale of NPR made a great attempt in his birthday tribute that aired over the weekend. You can read it here. I especially liked the words of Anat Cohen, an Israeli born clarinetist.
The video here is not the expected "Sing, Sing, Sing" of his big band years, rather, it is a piece called Moonglow, from the Benny Goodman Quartet.
While you're listening, check out his sidemen, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, and George Duvivier.
One of the hallmarks of Goodman was always his fearlessness of better musicians. Each of these guys is fantastic in his own right.