Artie Shaw

Bandleader, Musical Artist

1910 – 2004

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Who was Artie Shaw?

Artie Shaw was an American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction.

Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists," Shaw led one of the United States' most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Their signature song, a 1938 version of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine", was a wildly successful single and one of the era's defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an early proponent of Third Stream, which blended classical and jazz, and recorded some small-group sessions that flirted with be-bop before retiring from music in 1954.

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Born
May 23, 1910
New York City
Also known as
  • King of the Clarinet
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  • United States of America
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Lived in
  • Norwalk
  • New York City
Died
Dec 30, 2004
Thousand Oaks

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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