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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 151-175 of 321 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-055187 10-in. 12/3/1940 You forgot about me Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055188 10-in. 12/2/1940 Whispers in the night Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, songwriter, director  
Victor PBS-055191 10-in. 12/4/1940 Blues Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055192 10-in. 12/4/1940 Blues Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band director, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055193 10-in. 12/4/1940 Who's excited? Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055194 10-in. 12/4/1940 Prelude in C major Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer, instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055195 10-in. 12/5/1940 Dr. Livingstone, I presume? Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet, composer  
Victor PBS-055196 10-in. 12/5/1940 When the quail come back to San Quentin Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet composer, instrumentalist, clarinet, leader  
Victor PBS-055197 10-in. 12/5/1940 My blue heaven Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055198 10-in. 12/5/1940 (When your heart's on fire) Smoke gets in your eyes Gramercy Five ; Artie Shaw Jazz/dance sextet leader, instrumentalist, clarinet  
Victor PBS-055224 10-in. 12/17/1940 The calypso Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055225 10-in. 12/17/1940 Beau night in Hotchkiss Corners Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Anita Boyer Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PCS-055226 12-in. 12/17/1940 Concerto for clarinet Artie Shaw Jazz/dance band, with clarinet soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, leader, composer  
Victor PCS-055227 12-in. 12/17/1940 Concerto for clarinet Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with clarinet soloist instrumentalist, clarinet, leader, composer  
Victor PBS-055256 10-in. 1/23/1941 Dancing in the dark Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055257 10-in. 1/23/1941 I cover the waterfront Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055258 10-in. 1/23/1941 Moonglow Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor PBS-055259 10-in. 1/23/1941 Alone together Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-057600 10-in. 11/7/1940 Love of my life Kay Little ; Tony Pastor Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo composer  
Victor BS-057645 10-in. 11/14/1940 Love of my life Dick Todd Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Victor BS-062767 10-in. 3/20/1941 If I had you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-062768 10-in. 3/20/1941 Georgia on my mind Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-062769 10-in. 3/20/1941 Why shouldn't I? Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-062770 10-in. 3/20/1941 It had to be you Artie Shaw Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
Victor BS-066147 10-in. 6/26/1941 Love me a little little Artie Shaw Orchestra ; Lena Horne Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, director  
(Results 151-175 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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