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Monday, June 01, 2009

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.


Comments on "Happy 100th Birthday Benny"


Blogger Patrick M said ... (6:33 AM) : 

Can't say I know anything about Benny Goodman other than his name. But that was pretty lively.

And thanks to all the recording technology, we'll get many years of hearing his best.


Blogger Dave Miller said ... (7:59 AM) : 

Amen to that Patrick.

Goodman was responsible for so much. I am not sure he was the best clarinetist, perhaps that nod goes to Artie Shaw, but it is good to still be able to enjoy him.


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said ... (9:17 PM) : 

Great post, Dave.

My aunt loved him, and I am familiar with his music because of her.

I love Sing, Sing, Sing! A great dance number!


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