Benny Goodman

Swing music, Musical Artist

1909 – 1986

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Who was Benny Goodman?

Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".

In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His January 16, 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City is described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."

Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz. During an era of segregation he also led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, while exploring an interest in classical music.

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Born
May 30, 1909
Chicago
Also known as
  • The Essential Benny Goodman
  • The Benny Goodman Orchestra
  • Benjamin David Goodman
  • King of Swing
  • Goodman
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Ethnicity
  • Ashkenazi Jews
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
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Died
Jun 13, 1986
New York City

Submitted
on July 23, 2013