Benjamin David "Benny" Goodman (May 30,
1909 – June 13, 1986) 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'
Goodman's bands launched the careers of
many major names in jazz, and during an era
of segregation, he also led one of the first
well-known racially 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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