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. His music influenced other musicians, such as John Barry in England with the vamp of the James Bond Theme possibly influenced by 'Nightmare' which also has a similar vamp to Kurt Weill's Lonely House.

Shaw 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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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 The Artistry of Artie Shaw and His Bop Band 1949 Artie Shaw 1
1999 Artie Shaw Aufnahmen Von 1936 - 1646 Artie Shaw 1
2000 Evensong Artie Shaw 1
2001 The Best of the War Years Artie Shaw 1
2008 The Complete Spotlight Band 1945 Broadcasts Artie Shaw 1
A Tribute to Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw 1
Mixed Bag Artie Shaw 1
Traffic Jam Artie Shaw 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw 1
1990 Best of Big Bands: Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
1990 The Complete Gramercy Five Sessions Artie Shaw 1
1990 The Jazz Collector Edition Artie Shaw 1
1991 Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
1992 Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw 1
1993 Big Bands: Encore Artie Shaw 1
1993 The Big Band Legends: Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
1995 Jazz & Blues Collection 36: Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
1996 Jazz Greats, Volume 16: Artie Shaw: Non-Stop Flight Artie Shaw 1
1997 In Hollywood 1940-41, Volume 2 Artie Shaw 1
1998 Best of the Big Bands Artie Shaw 1
1999 Big Band Bash Artie Shaw 1
2001 The Very Best of Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
2001 Self Portrait Artie Shaw 1
2002 Kings of Clarinet Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw 1
2004 The Centennial Collection Artie Shaw 1
2005 The Artie Shaw Story Artie Shaw 1
2005 Essential Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
2006 The Essence of Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
2007 Non Stop Music Artie Shaw 1
2011 Classic Artie Shaw Bluebird and Victor Sessions Artie Shaw 1
16 Classic Performances Artie Shaw 1
22 Original Big Band Recordings Artie Shaw 1
A Portrait of Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
Artie and the Singers Artie Shaw 1
Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
Begin the Beguine Artie Shaw 1
Big Band Legends: Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
Free for All Artie Shaw 1
Frenesi Artie Shaw 1
Greatest Hits Artie Shaw 1
King of the Clarinet Artie Shaw 1
More Last Recordings Artie Shaw 1
The Chant Artie Shaw 1
The Classic Tracks Artie Shaw 1
The Essence of Artie Shaw Artie Shaw 1
The Great Artie Shaw and His Orchestra Artie Shaw 1
The Indispensable Artie Shaw, Volume 5/6 (1944–1945) Artie Shaw 1
The Jazz Collector Edition Artie Shaw 1
The Last Recordings: Rare and Unreleased, Volume 1 Artie Shaw 1

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