Artie Shaw on Big Band Boulevard

Feb 15, 2019

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Big Band Boulevard

Program #10 (February 17, 2019 at 6 p.m.)

Big Band and swing tunes with featured bandleader Artie Shaw. Also selections from Duke Ellington, Harry James, and Jimmie Lunceford.

Artie Shaw was known for his role as a 1930's and 1940's jazz bandleader and clarinetist, known as the "King of the Clarinet". Shaw was one of the first bandleaders to integrate, hiring Billie Holiday as his vocalist. Although Shaw was notorious for his dislike of his fans, he continued to produce hits rivaling his main competitor, Benny Goodman.