Benny Goodman plays Carnegie Hall – 1938

January 16, 1938 – Benny Goodman and his band performed in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Goodman was an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the “King of Swing”.

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938, is described by the critic Bruce Eder as “the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz’s ‘coming out’ party to the world of ‘respectable’ music.”

Goodman’s bands launched the careers of many major jazz artists. During an era of racial segregation he led one of the first well-known integrated jazz groups. Goodman performed nearly to the end of his life, while exploring an interest in classical music.

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States, located at 881 Seventh Avenue, occupying the east side of Seventh Avenue between West 56th Street and West 57th Street, two blocks south of Central Park.

Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill and built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891, it is one of the most prestigious venues in the world for both classical music and popular music. Carnegie Hall has its own artistic programming, development, and marketing departments, and presents about 250 performances each season. It is also rented out to performing groups.  (from Wikipedia)

The U.S. Postal Service has issued philatelic material commemorating both Goodman and Carnegie Hall.  In 1996, a 32-cent stamp was released commemorating Goodman (Scott No. 3099) as part of its Big Band Leaders series.  And, in 1991 a 19-cent postal card was printed which commemorated Carnegie Hall (Scott No. UX154):




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