May 25, 2010

ALL YOU CAN DO:

Get To Know Clarinetist Artie Shaw (Mike Plaskett and Dale Abraham, May 22, 2010, WDUQ)

The musicianship is of such a high order that there can be no wonder why Shaw's was among the top bands of the Swing Era — and no wonder why no one can quite make music like it today. At some point, even Shaw himself quit playing that way, and in fact quit playing altogether. He retired his clarinet in the mid-1950s. In a 1994 New York Times article, Shaw said, "I did all you can do with a clarinet... any more would have been less."

So let's explore Artie Shaw's boldly swinging musical persona of the late 1930s. He made incredible music for which there is no duplicate and no substitute.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 25, 2010 9:03 PM
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