Artie Shaw

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Birthday
23, 1910
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Dec 30, 2004 (94)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
23, 1910
Birthplace
New York City, NY
Death Date
Dec 30, 2004 (94)

About

One of the greatest jazz clarinetists in history. He pioneered Third Stream and even veered into bebop territory before he retired.

Before Fame

His first instrument was the saxophone, but he was playing the clarinet by the time he had left home at 16 to tour with a band.

Trivia

He and his big band popularized Cole Porter's 'Begin the Beguine' with a legendary and influential recording of the piece in 1938.

Family Life

His father was a dressmaker and photographer. He was married eight times, including to Lana Turner and Ava Gardner. He had two sons, Jonathan and Steven.

Associated With

He signed Billie Holiday with his band.