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 festivities.

 

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