Sunday, February 22, 2009
Benny goodman Orchestra-Stardust
Benny Goodman, born Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz musician and virtuoso clarinetist, known as "King of Swing", "Patriarch of the Clarinet", "The Professor", and "Swing's Senior Statesman".
Goodman was amongst the most technically proficient jazz clarinetists of all time. In fact, without Goodman there would not have been a swing era.
Goodman is also responsible for a significant step in racial integration in America. In the early 1930s, black and white jazz musicians could not play together in most clubs or concerts. In the Southern states, racial segregation was enforced by the Jim Crow laws. Benny Goodman broke with tradition by hiring Teddy Wilson to play with him and drummer Gene Krupa in the Benny Goodman Trio.
In 1936, he added Lionel Hampton on vibes to form the Benny Goodman Quartet; in 1939 he added pioneering jazz guitarist Charlie Christian to his band and small ensembles, who played with him until his untimely death.