Today In Jazz

Happy Birthday Artie Shaw!

May 23

Remembered today as a big band leader, as an author, and as the husband of several glamorous wives, Artie Shaw, whose 114th birthday anniversary is today, still has yet to receive his due as a superlative jazzman. His long lines, harmonic sophistication, and cool style wear well today, several decades after he gave up the clarinet fifty years ago.

Here are some samples of his originality, made with his 1945 Sextet that included pianist Dodo Marmarosa, trumpeter Roy Eldridge and guitarist Barney Kessel.

 

And a classic among classic – his original Stardust, following Billy Butterfield on trumpet and trombonist Jack Jenney: