Chapters 7 and 8: Goodman, Basie, and Ellington Benny Goodman (May 30, 1909-June 13, 1986) grew up in Chicago, son of an immigrant from Warsaw received (classical) clarinet lessons from Franz Shoepp (Chicago Symphony), but also listened to jazz clarinetists
(b Washington, DC, 29 April 1899; d New York, 24 May 1974). American jazz composer, bandleader and pianist. He was for decades a leading figure in big-band jazz and remains the most significant composer of the genre. (New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)
Ellington was also successful as a bandleader:
A study of contrasts, both within and outside the piece.