About The Show
"Swingin' the Benny Goodman Songbook" celebrates the magic
of classic jazz, and especially how Benny Goodman's clarinet
and vocalists helped shape and define the 1930s Swing Era.
His classic recordings of popular standards and dance music,
so powerful and exciting then, still captivate us today.
This upbeat, toe-tapping show features jazz singer Terry
Blaine's exuberant vocals, the elegant stride mastery of
pianist Mark Shane and the exciting, hot swing playing of
acclaimed clarinetist Allan Vaché. Together, they spotlight
the many great female vocalists who sang with the Goodman
band (including Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Helen Ward,
Martha Tilton, Mildred Bailey, Helen Forrest & Ella
Fitzgerald), Teddy Wilson's unforgettable piano playing,
Fletcher Henderson's inspired arrangements, and the
evolution of Benny Goodman from sideman to Swing Era star.
Blaine and Shane have worked together countless times over
the years, most recently as a duo on Lonesome Swallow, a
recording that makes a believer of any listener looking for
purity in musical expression. Adding Vaché's hot clarinet,
"Swingin' the Benny Goodman Songbook" showcases the talents
of these outstanding artists playing their infectious blend
of classic jazz and swing alongside an evening of fun and