Artie Shaw

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If it moves you, it's gonna move others. If you know it's right and you feel it: 'This is something I meant'

Artie Shaw, A Journey Of Self-Discovery, 2002

Artie Shaw (May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction. Widely regarded as one of jazz’s finest clarinetists, Shaw led one of the United States’ most popular big bands in the late 1930s through the early 1940s. Their signature song, a 1938 version of Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine”, was a wildly successful single and one of the era’s defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an early proponent of Third Stream, which blended classical and jazz, and recorded some small-group sessions that flirted with be-bop before retiring from music in 1954.