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Remembering Her Father, Benny Goodman

The Goodmans: Alice, Benjie, Benny, Rachel


On Jan. 16, 1938, history was made at Carnegie Hall.

That night, jazz claimed its rightful place within America's citadel of high culture with a concert that featured one of the first racially-integrated groups to perform on that hallowed stage. Clarinetist and bandleader Benny Goodman is known for his efforts to bring racial equality to the bandstand and his concert in 1938 not only featured members of his own integrated quartet, but also members of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands.

Rachel Edelson, Benny Goodman's daughter and Sacramento-based college professor, remembers her father and his legacy 80 years after his groundbreaking concert.

Benny Goodman Quartet in "Hollywood Hotel"

Footage from Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall performance"

Disney's "All The Cats Join In" cartoon

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