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Benny Goodman

Updated on December 1, 2016

Benny Goodman was an American clarinetist and band leader. Born Benjamin David Goodman, at Chicago, Illnois, May 30, 1909.

Goodman introduced a new kind of jazz, known as swing. In contrast with previous jazz styles his swing compositions were notated, had a precise beat, and frequently included dissonant notes.

Goodman was also an outstanding clarinetist of both jazz and classical music. He taught music at the Juilliard School of Music and Boston University.

After studying music at Jane Addams' Hull House Goodman played in Chicago dance bands. In 1934 he formed his own band in New York City, and he soon became known as the King of Swing. In 1962, Goodman's tour of the Soviet Union was a spectacular success.

Benny Goodman died on June 13, 1986.


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