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    Benny Goodman's Clarinet. Dubbed "The King of Swing," Benny Goodman's arrival on the music scene heralded the beginning of the Swing era. Mostly remembered as a band leader, Goodman was also a clarinet virtuoso with a distinctive style. Arguably the most technically proficient Jazz clarinetist of his time, he played the instrument for decades until his death in New York City in 1986 at the age of 77, and in the process inspired many budding musicians to take up the instrument. This Selmer Paris K Series Bb clarinet was made between 1930 and 1931, and purchased by Goodman in New York City in the spring of 1932, according to Goodman's insurance records. Also included is an original 8" x 10" of Goodman playing the clarinet with his pianist Teddy Wilson. The instrument has been well-used but is still in great condition, with pads and corks intact. A wonderful item whose significance in the history of music is immeasurable.

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    October, 2007
    6th-7th Saturday-Sunday
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