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Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, actor and author of 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. Though he had numerous hit records, he was perhaps best known for his 1938 recording of Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." Before the release of "Beguine," Shaw and his fledgling band had languished in relative obscurity for over two years and, after its release, he became a major pop artist within short order. The record eventually became one of the era's defining recordings. Musically restless, Shaw was also an early proponent of what became known much later as Third Stream music, which blended elements of classical and jazz forms and traditions. His music influenced other musicians, such as Monty Norman in England, whose "James Bond Theme" features a vamp possibly influenced by Shaw's 1938 recording of "Nightmare".

Shaw also recorded with small jazz groups drawn from within the ranks of the big bands he led. He served in the US Navy from 1942 to 1944, during which time he led a morale-building band that toured the South Pacific. Following his discharge in 1944, he returned to lead a band through 1945. Following the breakup of that band, he began to focus on other interests and gradually withdrew from the world of being a professional musician and major celebrity, although he remained a force in popular music and jazz before retiring from music completely in 1954.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 23, 1910 (New York City), Died December 30, 2004 (Thousand Oaks)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1955

Roles Represented in DAHR: clarinet, director, leader, composer, alto saxophone, songwriter, arranger, lyricist, vocalist

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Recordings (Results 301-321 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 83204 8/1/1952 My little nest of heavenly blues Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 84799 7/2/1953 These foolish things Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 84800 7/2/1953 In the still of the night Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 84801 7/2/1953 That old black magic Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 84802 7/2/1953 I'll be seeing you Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 84817 7/6/1953 It could happen to you Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 84818 7/6/1953 They can't take that away from me Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 84819 7/6/1953 All the things you are Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 84820 7/6/1953 September song Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88922 11/21/1955 Long ago (and far away) Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 88923 11/21/1955 I remember you Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 88924 11/21/1955 More than you know Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 88925 11/21/1955 My funny valentine Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Decca 88947 11/30/1955 These foolish things Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88948 11/30/1955 In the still of the night Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88949 11/30/1955 That old black magic Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88950 11/30/1955 I'll be seeing you Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88951 11/30/1955 It could happen to you Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88952 11/30/1955 They can't take that away from me Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88953 11/30/1955 All the things you are Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
Decca 88954 11/30/1955 September song Artie Shaw Orchestra instrumentalist, clarinet  
(Results 301-321 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed April 12, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 12, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 12 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638

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