Then along came Goodman, and with him the Dorseys, Glenn Miller, Glen Gray, Artie Shaw and others, to effectively dispense with the ricky-tick approach. He commissioned major works from Bela Bart'k, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, and other composers. Less is more on these small combo sessions. With Williams, Christian and Goodman, the sextet now boasted three of the greatest jazz soloists of all time. When you add the musicians who were members of Goodman's bands, the magnitude of his accomplishment comes into focus. What makes this list even more imposing is that Benny was not just a sideman playing in the background, but a featured artist whose artistic identity was broad enough to encompass all those diverse styles.
A doctor discovered a tuberculosis scar on his lungs the year before and told the young guitarist to get some rest and take better care of himself. Second, the group introduced the electric guitar as a front line solo instrument. Any musical or philosophical dissection of the music of the Benny Goodman groups comes up against a very nasty problem — there is no adequate way to explain the electric qualities of music in performance, particularly when the music is of the highly informal and impromptu character in which these groups specialized. Specifically the recent Roy DuNann piece. Check them out, if you have the time.
Years after his passing, he remains the unchallenged 'King of Swing. Benny Goodman died in New York on June 13, 1986. Photo copyright John Spragens Jr. Please send reports of such problems to August 1, 1986, Page 00017 The New York Times Archives Teddy Wilson, a jazz pianist who achieved fame playing with Benny Goodman in the Swing Era of the 1930's, died today at his home here after a long illness. It is doubtful that this development was a conscious affair: after all, Goodman was leading a commercial band, a supremely successful one, and was not likely to tamper unduly with its organization. Despite the unparalleled freedom allowed soloists in a swing band, the very nature of the orchestra made it a little top-heavy, and ruled out the more delicate and more intimate effects.
Descriptions of these materials will be added to the register at a later date. A Shift to Jazz Although Talladega gave him a lifelong love of classical music, jazz moved him even more deeply, and in 1929 he moved to Detroit, where his brother, Gus, had established himself as a trombonist. He died in March of 1942 at the age of 25. The Papers also include published music in Goodman's collection; correspondence including letters from many prominent musicians and political figures ; photographs; scrapbooks; concert programs and publicity materials; scripts, interviews, and articles; financial and legal documents; awards, honors, and academic regalia; additional sound recoridings and film reels; and miscellaneous other items. The list of musicians with whom Goodman collaborated, and the quality of the music they made, are among the marvels of 20th-century music; they include Louis Armstrong, Bela Bartok, Fats Waller, Benny Carter, Fred Astaire, Bix Beiderbecke, Ethel Waters, Pee Wee Russell, Leonard Bernstein, Lester Young, Igor Stravinsky, Billie Holiday, and Arturo Toscanini.
But that's just the point: the music can't be subtracted: it's the defining essence, which sets musicians apart, makes them special and ultimately a little mysterious. A new drive entered commercial popular music, together with a new freedom. Each instrument is heard more distinctly, and the musicians love the refreshing change of pace from the dense, more massive output of the full band. But on this broadcast we spotlight small combos with four musicians or less. Unprocessed materials in the Papers include: photographs; programs and scrapbooks; additional sound recordings; film reels and miscellaneous items. But a practitioner such as Benny Goodman, who has constantly enlarged his horizons and experimented with all forms of music, could not be entirely content with such a set-up.
His Carnegie Hall concert on January 16, 1938 is regarded as a key moment in jazz history. After a decade of performing as a free-lancer and as a member of Ben Pollak's band, Goodman established his first big band in 1934, and soon it achieved unprecedented success. Image courtesy The Johnny Mercer Educational Archives. Over the course of his long career, Goodman made innumerable recordings and appeared frequently on radio, television, and film. Goodman did not restrict himself to big band music; he also won renown for his work with a series of small combos that included Wilson, Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Christian, and other prominent jazz musicians.
Photo credit for home page: Blues singer Joe Williams. He went on to classical music, training for a year at Talladega College in Alabama. He spent his last days at a municipal sanitarium on Staten Island where so-called friends smuggled him pot, liquor and women; speeding his demise. I thought, if you shared my enthusiasm, they perhaps could be linked somehow to your blogspot. Giving undue weight to their development, one might say that they evolved from a search for new timbres and expressions within the framework of swing music. Third, its recordings rank among the finest examples of small band swing.
Four, the classic Goodman Sextet was actually a septet. At Benny Carter's urging, Mr. Actually, they were the result of some blithely inspired talents getting together and having a whale of a good time. Subtract the music and you have just another chronicle of aberrant thought and behavior. Despite the excellence of these groups, the limited instrumentation creates a sameness that becomes tedious after awhile. In 9 series as follows: I.
Some of the materials may be stored at the Library's off-campus shelving facility, so researchers should allow at least two business days to have the appropriate boxes paged. Some sound recordings are also included. Wilson spent much of his career as a soloist or leader of his own small combos, but rose to prominence during a four-year stint with the Benny Goodman Orchestra. The lack of a bass only furthers the monotony by making the trio and quartet sound too dry and brittle. Goodman hired him on the spot. Benny Goodman was born in Chicago, May 30, 1909. The family moved to Alabama six years later; his father became head of the English department and his mother the librarian of Tuskegee Institute.