Category Archives: Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman and Harry James

The group dynamics of a big band were such that one musician could have an oversize impact on a group’s sound and spirit. Benny Goodman was already leading the hottest band in the country when Harry James joined, but the … Continue reading

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Benny Goodman’s Sensational Sextet

The Benny Goodman Sextet was remarkable for several reasons. First, it gave Goodman the opportunity to stretch his musical muscles in the company of equally gifted musicians. Second, the group introduced the electric guitar as a front line solo instrument. … Continue reading

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Swingin’ Sounds and Sights

If I could travel in time, I’d go back to the Swing Era. I’d stop by the Savoy Ballroom and witness the Count Basie orchestra challenging drummer Chick Webb’s group in a battle of the bands. Then I’d join the … Continue reading

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