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Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: May 23, 1910 | Died: December 30, 2004

Artie Shaw, a brilliant jazz clarinetist, was one of the most enigmatic, daring and adventurous bandleaders of the swing-era. An intellectual, he hated public life and the music industry. Over the course of his short career he formed ten orchestras and disbanding most of them after only a few months. At the peak of his career in the years just before World War II, Shaw was matched by few other musicians in popularity and technical skill.

Born Arthur Arshawsky in New York City and raised in Connecticut, Shaw took up the saxophone at an early age and began playing professionally when he was only 14. He left home at 15 for a job in Kentucky. The position never materialized and he was forced to play with traveling orchestras in order to get home. At age 16 he switched to the clarinet and went to Cleveland, where he spent three years playing in local groups, including that of Austin Wylie....
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Featured recording “The Essential Artie Shaw”

The Essential Artie Shaw

RVG Legacy Reissue
2005
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    Artie Shaw 1936-1946

    Vocalion
    2010
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    Free For All

    Vocalion
    2010
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    Artie Shaw: Classic Bluebird and Victor Sessions

    Mosaic Records
    2010
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    Featuring His Inspired Clarinet

    Vocalion
    2005
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    Classic Jazz Archive: 1910 - Still Swinging

    Vocalion
    2004
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    Star Dust

    Vocalion
    2002
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    Highlights From Artie Shaw Selfportrait

    Vocalion
    2001
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