Artie Shaw

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Artie Shaw (born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky; May 23, 1910 – December 30, 2004) was an American clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and actor. Also an author, Shaw wrote 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." Prior to 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. He also recorded with small jazz groups drawn from within the ranks of the various 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 amidst the chaos of World War II), and following his discharge in 1944 he returned to lead a band through 1945. Following the break-up 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 altogether in 1954.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2000 Evensong 1
2001 The Best of the War Years 1
2008 The Complete Spotlight Band 1945 Broadcasts 1
A Tribute to Artie Shaw 1
Begin the Beguine 1
Mixed Bag 1
Traffic Jam 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Begin the Beguine 1
1990 Best of Big Bands: Artie Shaw 1
1990 The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions 1
1990 The Jazz Collector Edition 1
1991 Artie Shaw 1
1992 Begin the Beguine 1
1993 Big Bands: Encore 1
1993 The Big Band Legends: Artie Shaw 1
1996 Jazz Greats, Volume 16: Artie Shaw: Non-Stop Flight 1
1997 In Hollywood 1940-41, Volume 2 1
1998 Best of the Big Bands 1
1999 Big Band Bash 1
2001 The Very Best of Artie Shaw 1
2001 Self Portrait 1
2004 The Centennial Collection 1
2005 The Artie Shaw Story 1
2005 Essential Artie Shaw 1
2006 The Essence of Artie Shaw 1
2007 Non Stop Music 1
2011 Classic Artie Shaw Bluebird and Victor Sessions 1
16 Classic Performances 1
22 Original Big Band Recordings 1
A Portrait of Artie Shaw 1
Artie and the Singers 1
Artie Shaw 1
Begin the Beguine 1
Big Band Legends: Artie Shaw 1
Free for All 1
Frenesi 1
Greatest Hits 1
King of the Clarinet 1
More Last Recordings 1
The Chant 1
The Classic Tracks 1
The Essence of Artie Shaw 1
The Great Artie Shaw and His Orchestra 1
The Indispensable Artie Shaw, Volume 5/6 (1944–1945) 1
The Jazz Collector Edition 1
The Last Recordings: Rare and Unreleased, Volume 1 1
The Last Recordings: Rare and Unreleased, Volume 2 1
Who's Excited 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1938 Begin the Beguine / Indian Love Call 1
Moonglow / My Blue Heaven 1

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