Artie Shaw, one of the greatest jazz clarinetists

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02 Moonglow 03:22
03 Nightmare 06:32
04 Blues 08:57
05 Scuttlebutt 11:27
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07 La Paloma 17:41
08 A Room With A View 20:46
09 Blues In The Night 24:10
10 A Foggy Day 27:19
11 Ziguener 30:28
12 Rosalie 39:52
13 Temptation 42:30
14 The Man I Love 45:27
15 Cream Puff 48:32
16 I Can’t Get Started 51:18
17 My Heart Stood Still 54:35
18 What Is There To Say 57:16

Artie Shaw biography

  • (1910 – 2004) Arthur Jacob Arshawsky

Artie Shaw, one of the greatest jazz clarinetists in the world, was born on May 23, 1910, in New York, USA. He never seemed completely satisfied with his musical life, constantly breaking up successful bands and escaping success.

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While Count Basie and Duke Ellington were content to conduct only one orchestra during the swing era, and Benny Goodman (due to illness) had two, Shaw conducted five, all of them distinctive and memorable.

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Born in New York City, he grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, where he played clarinet and alto sax locally; Arthur Jacob Arshawsky spent part of 1925 with Johnny Cavallaro’s dance band and then played with Austin Wylie’s band in Cleveland from 1927 to 1929, before joining Irving Aaronson’s Commanders.

After returning to New York, he became a close associate of Willie “The Lion” Smith on jam sessions, and by 1931, he was already a busy studio musician. He first retired from music in 1934 in hopes of writing a book, but when his money began to run out, Shaw returned to New York.

A major turning point came when he performed in an all-star big band concert at the Imperial Theater in May 1936, surprising the audience by playing with a string quartet and rhythm section.

Artie Shaw used a similar concept to put together his first orchestra, adding a Dixieland-like front line and vocalist, while retaining the strings. Despite some good recordings, that particular band broke up in early 1937 and Shaw then put together a more conventional big band.

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The stunning success of his recording of ” Begin the Beguine ” in 1938 made a superstar of the clarinetist and his orchestra (which featured tenor figures from Georgie Auld, the voices of Helen Forrest and Tony Pastor, and, in 1939, drums from Buddy Rich) of the most popular in the world. Billie Holiday was with the band for a few months, though her presence resulted in only one recording (“Any Old Time”).

Artie Shaw found it difficult to deal with the pressure of the band’s business, and in November 1939 he suddenly gave up music and moved to Mexico for two months.

When Shaw returned, his first session, using a large string section, resulted in another big hit, ” Frenesi “; it seemed that he could not escape success. ‘s Third Regular Orchestra Shaw , which featured a string section and all-star soloists like trumpeter Billy Butterfield and pianist Johnny Guarnieri, was one of its greatest performers, perhaps the best version of ” Stardust ” along with the memorable ” Concerto for clarinet .”

The Gramercy Five, a small group formed outside the band (which used Guarnieri on harpsichord), also scored with the ” Summit Ridge Drive “. million-dollar

Despite all this, Shaw disbanded the orchestra in 1941, only to re-form a larger one later in the year. The latter group featured Hot Lips Page along with Auld and Guarnieri. After Pearl Harbor, Shaw enlisted and led a Navy band (unfortunately not recorded) before being cleared in February 1944.

Later that year his new orchestra featured Roy Eldridge, Dodo Marmarosa, and Barney Kessel. ‘s style , when Shaw was becoming quite calm and modern, almost boppish. But, with the end of the swing era, he broke up his band again in early 1946 and was semi-retired for several years, playing both classical and jazz music.

His last attempt at a big band was a short-lived, boppish unit that lasted a few months in 1949 and included Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Don Fagerquist; his modern music was a commercial failure.

After a few years of limited musical activity, Shaw returned for the last time, recording extensively with a version by the Gramercy Five that featured either Tal Farlow or Joe Puma on guitar along with Hank Jones. Then, in 1955, Artie Shaw gave up the clarinet permanently to pursue his dreams of being a writer.

Although he led (with Dick Johnson playing clarinet solos) a reorganized Artie Shaw Orchestra in 1983, Shaw never played again. He received much publicity for his eight marriages (including to actresses Lana Turner , Ava Gardner , and Evelyn Keyes) and for his bizarre autobiography, The Trouble with Cinderella (which barely touches on the music business or their wives), nonetheless, the outgoing Artie Shaw deserves to be best remembered as one of the greatest jazz clarinetists in the world.

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