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Big Bands & the Swing Era

Of the 1930’s and 1940’s

An American Treasure

Artie Shaw

King of the Clarinet

Born 1910
Died 2004

National Endowment for the Arts

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Artie Shaw

King of the Clarinet

Born: 1910, New York City, NY
Died: 2004, Newbury Park, CA

Early Years

New York, Connecticut, and Ohio


Defining a genre.


The fast tempo music of the 1930’s and 1940’s that the younger generations loved to dance to.

Big Bands

Also known as Jazz Orchestras, Big Bands typically included anywhere from 10 to 25 musicians playing saxophones, trumpets, trombones, a guitar, piano, bass, drums, and sometimes a clarinet.

artie shaw clarinet music

Gifting Music to the World Since 1936

About Artie Shaw

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Artie Shaw’s first public appearance leading his own band was in his native New York City on May 24th, 1936.

Artie became one of the biggest names in jazz and popular music during the heyday for Swing in the late 1930’s and 1940’s.

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