Stories related to: Benny Goodman
January 24, 2018
In advance of our January 19th Benny Goodman tribute concert featuring Ken Peplowski and the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, we hosted a student matinee at the Harris Center. Nearly 300 students attended.
January 19, 2018
In the 1930's, Hollywood was segregated as was most of American society. That made the appearance of Benny Goodman's integrated quartet remarkable in the film Hollywood Hotel. Journalist John McDonough describes just what a watershed moment that was.
January 18, 2018
Like many jazz musicians, the King of Swing was classically trained. He performed and recorded works by Mozart and other major classical composers. He also expanded the classical clarinet repertoire by commissioning new works.
January 17, 2018
Electric guitar is pervasive in popular music today. But in the 1930's it was a novelty. Then came the Benny Goodman jazz sextet, featuring Charlie Christian. Journalist John McDonough explains how their 1939 Carnegie Hall concert changed the game.
January 16, 2018
Eighty years ago, barriers were broken when Benny Goodman took a mixed race band to play jazz to Carnegie Hall.
January 16, 2018
In the first of a 4-part series, journalist John McDonough describes how Benny Goodman's historic Carnegie Hall concert of 1938 signified that jazz, America's music, is deserving of its rightful place in America's premiere concert halls.
January 12, 2018
Jon Hancock, the author of 'Benny Goodman – The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert,' explains what made the concert such a sensation in its time and the lasting impact of the event.
January 11, 2018
Music journalist and jazz historian John McDonough puts Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall concert into perspective and explains its lasting impact on music and society in America.