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Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman
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René Robert Bouché, 20 Sep 1905 - Jul 1963
Benny Goodman, 30 May 1909 - 13 Jun 1986
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 101.6 x 81.9 x 3.8cm (40 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/2")
Frame: 112.1 x 91.8 x 7.6cm (44 1/8 x 36 1/8 x 3")
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Lamp
Music\Sheet music
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
Benny Goodman: Male
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz musician
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinetist
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Benny Goodman: Grammy
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the daughters of Benny Goodman - Benjie Goodman Lasseau and Rachel Goodman Edelson
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© Denise Bouche Fitch
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Born Chicago, Illinois
Dubbed “the King of Swing” after a riotously successful concert at Hollywood’s Palomar Ballroom in 1935, Benny Goodman took swing music into the cultural stratosphere with his band’s distinctive, pulsating sound. In 1938 he brought jazz to Carnegie Hall in a legendary concert that showcased virtuoso performances of “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” and “Don’t Be That Way.” Goodman was also in the forefront of desegregating jazz, bringing such musicians as vibraphonist Lionel Hampton and pianist Teddy Wilson into his orchestra at a time when mainstream jazz was defined by black and white barriers. In the 1950s and 1960s, he toured extensively, bringing the swing era sound to new generations. He received a Kennedy Center Honors award in 1982.
The sitter; his estate; donated by his daughters Benjie Goodman Lasseau and Rachel Goodman Edelson 1989 to NPG
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National Portrait Gallery