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1982 concert program with Al Hirschfeld cover portrait signed by “The King of Swing”

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(1909-1986) Jazz and swing clarinetist and bandleader, called "The King of Swing". In the mid-30s, he led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall is considered a seminal moment in the history of jazz and popular music, jazz's ”coming out party” to the world of “respectable' music.” His bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz, and was one of the 1st well-known racially-integrated jazz groups. Goodman performed to nearly the end of his life, inc. exploring an interest in classical music. Born in Chicago to Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire, he took music lessons at the Kehelah Jacob Synagogue at 10. He learned quickly, and at 16, joined one of Chicago's top bands, the Ben Pollack Orchestra, with which he made his 1st recordings in 1926. He left for New York and became a successful session musician in the late 20s & early 30s, playing with nationally known bands of Ben Selvin, Red Nichols, Isham Jones, and Ted Lewis. John Hammond arranged for a series of jazz sides recorded for, and issued on, Columbia starting in 1933, continuing until he signed with Victor in 1935, during his radio success. In 1934 he auditioned for NBC's “Let's Dance”, a 3-hour weekly radio program featuring various styles of dance music. In early 1935, Goodman and his band were one of 3 bands on “Let's Dance” playing arrangements by Fletcher Henderson along with hits such as "Get Happy" and "Jingle Bells". In July 1935, a record of Goodman’s band playing the Henderson arrangements of "King Porter Stomp" backed with "Sometimes I'm Happy", was released to ecstatic reviews. On Aug. 19 in Oakland, Goodman, Gene Krupa, Bunny Berigan, and Helen Ward found a large crowd of young dancers, raving and cheering the hot music they heard on “Let's Dance.” The next night, in Los Angeles, Goodman and his band began a 3-week engagement during which the "Jitterbug" became a new dance craze; radio broadcasts carried the band's performances across the nation, and “the swing era” was born. In Nov. 1935, he played in Chicago, his stay extended to 6 months, his popularity cemented by national radio broadcasts over NBC affiliate stations. These "Rhythm Club" concerts at the Congress Hotel included sets in which Goodman and Krupa sat in with Fletcher Henderson's band, perhaps the 1st US racially integrated big band appearance before a paying audience. Shortly after Goodman and crew left Chicago in May 1936 for Hollywood, the title "King of Swing" was applied to Goodman by the media. Goodman left RCA for Columbia, following his agent and soon to be brother-in-law John Hammond. At the end of June 1936, in Hollywood, his band began CBS's "Camel Caravan," its 3rd and greatest sponsored radio show. By spring, 1936, Fletcher Henderson was writing arrangements for Goodman's band. In late 1937, as a publicity stunt, his publicist suggested Goodman play Carnegie Hall in New York; Goodman would be the 1st jazz bandleader to perform there. The Jan. 16, 1938 concert, that sold out weeks before, began with "Don't Be That Way," "Sometimes I'm Happy," and "One O'Clock Jump." They then played a history of jazz, starting with a Dixieland quartet performing "Sensation Rag," a jam session on "Honeysuckle Rose", then the Goodman band and quartet took over and performed the numbers that made them famous. By the time the band got to the climactic "Sing, Sing, Sing", featuring tenor saxophonist Babe Russin, trumpeter Harry James, Goodman, and drummer Gene Krupa, success was assured. This concert is regarded as one of the most significant in jazz history. Goodman continued his meteoric rise throughout the late 30s with his big band, trio, quartet, and sextet. By the mid-40s, however, big bands lost much popularity and jazz musicians were borrowing advanced ideas from classical music. Goodman's 1st classical recording dates from April 25, 1938. After his bop period, Goodman furthered his interest in classical music for the clarinet, and, in 1949, at 40, studied with one of the world's leading classical clarinetists. Goodman commissioned and premiered works by leading composers for clarinet and symphony orchestra, now part of the standard repertoire. Goodman's band appeared as a specialty act in major musical features, including “The Big Broadcast of 1937”, “Hollywood Hotel” (1938), “Syncopation” (1942), “The Powers Girl” (1942), “Stage Door Canteen” (1943), “The Gang's All Here” (1943), “Sweet and Lowdown” (1944, his only starring feature) and “A Song Is Born” (1948). His story was told in the 1955 film “The Benny Goodman Story” with Steve Allen & Donna Reed. He is responsible for a significant step in American racial integration. In the early 30s, black and white jazz musicians could not play together in most clubs or concerts. Goodman broke tradition by hiring Teddy Wilson to play with him and Gene Krupa in the Benny Goodman Trio; in 1936, he added Lionel Hampton to form the Benny Goodman Quartet; in 1939, he added guitarist Charlie Christian to his band and small ensembles, until Christian’s death less than 3 years later. This integration in music happened 10 years before baseball was integrated. He was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1957 and in 1986, was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. 44pp 11 x 8 ½ November 6 1982 souvenir program for “Gala ‘82/Concert Theater/C. W. Post Center/Long Island University”, a “Salute to Benny Goodman”, featuring an Al Hirschfeld drawing of Goodman playing the clarinet on the cover, signed by Goodman in blue ballpoint ink likely in person. Albert "Al" Hirschfeld (1903-2003) American caricaturist best known for his simple black and white portraits of celebrities and Broadway stars.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Program






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