Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman

About Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman was among the first great jazz clarinetists, with a clear tone and hard-swinging, melodic style that is still dominant on the instrument. His big band of 1935 can lay claim to launching the swing era, as it brought the music of the Harlem jazz bands to a broader public. He premiered the first high-profile, racially mixed jazz ensemble in the mid-'30s, and his groups gave first prominent exposure to such great talents as Billie Holiday, Charlie Christian, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, and many others.

  • HOMETOWN
    Chicago, IL
  • BORN
    May 30, 1909

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