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    Artie Shaw Signed Window Card. In 1936, Artie Shaw formed his first band, which was a small ensemble. This was a truly innovative group, but unfortunately, at its Boston debut, it bombed with the public. Shaw immediately broke this band up and in 1937, he formed a conventional big band that became an instant success and scored a huge hit with their recording of "Begin The Beguine." In 1938, Shaw integrated his band by adding Billie Holiday as the vocalist. In 1939, at the height of his popularity, Shaw walked off the stage and quit the business. Throughout the '40s, Artie would start a band and then immediately disband it. During the '50's, Artie Shaw tried his hand at becoming a writer and published several books that brought him moderate success. Artie Shaw's innovative bands, his breaking down of the racial barriers, and his willingness to hire modern jazz musicians have earned Artie Shaw a prominent place in the history of American music. This card memorializes that first failed gig in Boston with Shaw's first band. The significance of this lot is that he signs "Art" not "Artie", and his name is printed on the poster as "Art." He only used that name for his first band, making this card extremely rare and important to any jazz collector. Pinholes at each corner and two small holes at the bottom could be repaired. Accompanied by COA from Jazz & Big Band expert Larry Rafferty.

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    Auction Dates
    Sep-Oct, 2004
    30th-1st Thursday-Friday
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