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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 126-150 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-043367 10-in. 11/9/1939 Shadows Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043368 10-in. 11/9/1939 I didn't know what time it was Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043369 10-in. 11/9/1939 Do I love you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor BS-043370 10-in. 11/9/1939 When love beckoned (In 52nd Street) Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Helen Forrest Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-049687 10-in. 5/13/1940 Dreaming out loud Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-049688 10-in. 5/13/1940 Now we know Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Martha Tilton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-049689 10-in. 5/13/1940 Mister Meadowlark Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Jack Pearce Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-049690 10-in. 5/13/1940 April in Paris Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-049691 10-in. 5/13/1940 King for a day Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055061 10-in. 9/3/1940 Special delivery stomp Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, clarinet, leader, composer  
Victor PBS-055062 10-in. 9/3/1940 Summer Ridge Drive Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor PBS-055063 10-in. 9/3/1940 Keepin' myself for you Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance band leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055064 10-in. 9/3/1940 Cross your heart Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055067 10-in. 9/7/1940 If it's you Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, songwriter, director  
Victor PBS-055068 10-in. 9/7/1940 Old, old castle in Scotland Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055069 10-in. 9/7/1940 Temptation Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055070 10-in. 9/7/1940 Chantez les bas Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055095 10-in. 10/7/1940 Love of my life Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, composer, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055096 10-in. 10/7/1940 A handful of stars Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055097 10-in. 10/7/1940 Star dust Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055098 10-in. 10/7/1940 Marinela Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, arranger, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055099 10-in. 10/7/1940 Danza lucumi Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055184 10-in. 12/3/1940 This is romance Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055185 10-in. 12/3/1940 What is there to say? Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055186 10-in. 12/3/1940 Pyramid Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
(Results 126-150 of 321 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Shaw, Artie," accessed April 13, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

Shaw, Artie. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103638.

"Shaw, Artie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 13 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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