Dad’s favorite musician

My dad played clarinet in school. He was a big fan of Benny Goodman. Today is Benny Goodman’s birthday, as noted on We watched a great documentary on Goodman that we got from Netflix awhile back.

Lionel Hampton plays vibes here. I saw his band in a free concert in Central Park in about 1970. I just can hardly believe how together this quartet is.

One response to “Dad’s favorite musician

  1. Benny Goodman was the first white bandleader to hire black musicians for his band.. He added Lionel Hampton band (for the first time) in 1936. He is quoted as saying, “If a guy’s got it, let him give it. I’m selling music, not prejudice.”

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