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benny goodman

Benny Goodman

By: Rachel, Alandra, Bianca, Alexandra, Devin

-Rachel White

chicago jazz music
Chicago Jazz Music

During the time of the great migration the 1900’s. Low class African Americans migrated to Chicago, other than their belongings they brought to Chicago traditional jazz, and blues. That resulted in Chicago blues and the tone that was mainly played in Chicago the Dixieland jazz.

_ Bianca

early life
Early Life
  • Born: May 30, 1909 in Chicago Illinois.
  • Benny Goodman was the 9th child out of all 11 siblings, his parents were David Goodman and Dora Rezinsky.
  • Benny’s family were Jewish who left Russia to migrate to the US.
  • Growing up for Benny was rough because not only was he white but grew up in the raw part of Chicago.

At the age 10 that’s when Benny discovered his talent, which was when his father took him and his two older brothers to apply for music lessons at the Kehelah Jacob Synagogue. Benny out smart his two older brothers which then sprouted better opportunities for Benny Goodman and his family.

Coming from the bottom and uprising to the top we can say that playing the clarinet was a way to survive .

-Alexandra cazeau

from chicago to ny
From Chicago to NY

One of the most historical moment in Benny’s career as a musician happened on January 16,1938.

In late 1937, Goodman's publicist Wynn Nathanson attempted a publicity stunt by suggesting Goodman and his band should play Carnegie Hall in New York City.

If the concert were to take place Benny Goodman would be the first jazz bandleader to perform at Carnegie Hall. The concert sold out quickly people couldn’t wait to watch and listen to Goodman and his band . The debut that grabbed the audience attention was the most famous “ sing, sing, sing”. The crowd went wild for that song. This concert has been regarded as one of the most significant in jazz history. After years of work by musicians from all over the country, jazz had finally been accepted by mainstream audiences. Recordings were made of this concert, but even by the technology of the day the equipment used was not of the finest quality.

-Rachel White

earlier influences musicians h e played with
Earlier Influences / Musicians He Played With

When Benny Goodman was a young boy, his father took him and his two older brothers to the synagogue to play in the band for his family expenses. It was evident that Benny was outstanding. He outplayed his older brothers, this moved Benny up to progressing forward to music. Benny would then practice and practice each day, and one of Benny’s idols in jazz was Louis Armstrong. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential jazz artists of all time, is remembered for songs like he is known for songs like “Star Dust”,“La Via En Rose” and ”wonderful World”.

-Alandra Burns

musical styles
Musical Styles
  • Goodman led a full swing band as well as many small groups. 
  • While his orchestra did not invent swing, many historians credit him with bringing the style to a nationwide audience and launching the Big Band era (1935-45). 
  • His small groups played more traditional jazz, though often with a swing flavor.
  • In addition to his fame as a jazz musician Goodman was well-respected in the classical world.
  • _Devin Desire
famous recordings
Famous Recordings

Sing, Sing, Sing 1950 Carnegie Hall

I Want to Be Happy

Stompin’ at the Savoy 1935 Streamin’ & Beamin’

Stardust 1984 One O'clock Jump

Other Songs:

The Girl from Ipanema

Let’s Dance 1954

I Got Rhythm

After You’ve Gone 1935

On the Sunny Side of the Street 1958

Moon Glow 1935

awards gained
Awards gained

1987-Grammy Award for "And The Angels Sing" (1939), Benny Goodman and Orchestra, Martha Tilton and Ziggy Elman.

1988-Emerson Radio Hall of Fame

1996-Image appeared as part of a US commemorative postage stamp collection entitled 'Legends of American Music series.'

1997-ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame

1998-Grammy Award for "Moon glow" (1936), Benny Goodman Quartet

  • Presented with a Kennedy Center Award in 1982.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from Howard University.
  • First Annual Distinguished Service Award from Hull House, Chicago in 1985.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986.
  • Won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1986.

-Rachel White

legacy and influences
Legacy and Influences

Legacy: Benny Goodman left his songs and here they are:

  • Sing, sing, sing
  • I want to be happy
  • Stardust
  • Lets dance
  • I got rhythm

Benny Goodman also left back his musical styles and also he left back the concert at the Carnegie hall.

_Devin Desire

other important facts
Other Important Facts

Benny Goodman started playing the clarinet at the age of 10. Benny would later play alongside many great jazz artist like Bix Beiderl, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Benny's band appeared on a show called the “Lets Dance” which was and instrumental in attaching listening to see Ballroom, Benny also performed at the Congress Hotel in Chicago, Paramount theater in New York.

-Alandra B.


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More facts:

Musical Styles:

_Rachel White