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Stories related to: Benny Goodman

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Benny Goodman Week In Review

January 26, 2018

With the 80th anniversary of his famous Carnegie Hall concert as the focal point, clarinetist/bandleader and cultural icon Benny Goodman took the spotlight on CapRadio Jan. 16-19.

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More Than The Swing King: Benny Goodman Broke Through Hollywood's Color Barrier

January 19, 2018

In the 1930's, Hollywood was segregated as was most of American society. That made the appearance of Benny Goodman's integrated quartet remarkable in the film Hollywood Hotel. Journalist John McDonough describes just what a watershed moment that was.

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More That The Swing King: Benny Goodman Expanded The Classical Clarinet Repertoire

January 18, 2018

Like many jazz musicians, the King of Swing was classically trained. He performed and recorded works by Mozart and other major classical composers. He also expanded the classical clarinet repertoire by commissioning new works.

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More Than The Swing King: Benny Goodman Championed Charlie Christian And His Electric Guitar

January 17, 2018

Electric guitar is pervasive in popular music today. But in the 1930's it was a novelty. Then came the Benny Goodman jazz sextet, featuring Charlie Christian. Journalist John McDonough explains how their 1939 Carnegie Hall concert changed the game.

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More Than The Swing King: Benny Goodman Claimed A Home For Jazz In The Concert Hall

January 16, 2018

In the first of a 4-part series, journalist John McDonough describes how Benny Goodman's historic Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 signified that jazz, America's music, is deserving of its rightful place in America's premiere concert halls.

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