Jazz@First: Benny Rides Again: The Music of the Benny Goodman Quartet

Sunday, April 15, 2018 @2pm | First Unitarian Church

Clarinetist Benny Goodman was the rock star of the swing era, known as the leader of one of the great dance bands. But his virtuosic work with his quartet featuring pianist Teddy Wilson and vibist Lionel Hampton was stunning and groundbreaking. Clarinetist Joe Lukasik will bring these gorgeous arrangements to life.

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Joe Lukasik, clarinet

Joe Lukasik is the clarinetist for The Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, a group that has delighted audiences around the world with its wonderful music and good humor for over twenty years. Joe appeared as part of the Jazz@First series for the CCJO in 2017.

About Benny Goodman

Benjamin David Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the “King of Swing”.

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. His concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City on January 16, 1938 is described by 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.