Artie Shaw

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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Albums

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Free For All
Vocalion
2010
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Artie Shaw: Classic Bluebird and Victor Sessions
Artie Shaw: Classic...
Mosaic Records
2010
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Artie Shaw 1936-1946
Vocalion
2010
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The Essential Artie Shaw
The Essential Artie...
RVG Legacy Reissue
2005
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Featuring His...
Vocalion
2005
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Classic Jazz Archive:...
Vocalion
2004
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