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Smithsonian Honors Jazz Great Artie Shaw

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Smithsonian Honors Jazz Great Artie Shaw

Smithsonian Honors Jazz Great Artie Shaw

Smithsonian Honors Jazz Great Artie Shaw

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Legendary jazz bandleader Artie Shaw donates two of his clarinets to the Smithsonian Institution, including the instrument he used in 1938 to record his first big hit, "Begin the Beguine." Shaw received the institution's James Smithson Medal for his lifetime achievements in music. Until he retired in 1954, Shaw's fame rivaled that of Benny Goodman. Hear NPR's Melissa Block and NPR's Robert Siegel.

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