The Legacy Of The Benny Goodman Quartet The small group that made a bespectacled white clarinetist a star happened to be of jazz's first racially integrated bands. Wendell Pierce and four young clarinetists tell the story live on stage.

The Legacy Of The Benny Goodman Quartet

The Legacy Of The Benny Goodman Quartet

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In the late 1930s, a bespectacled white man who played the clarinet was a teen idol. That was Benny Goodman, and he got to be that way from leading a quartet with Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson and Gene Krupa — one of jazz's first racially integrated bands. In a special stage show written by Geoffrey Ward and narrated by Wendell Pierce, a young band (Christian Sands, piano; Joel Ross, vibraphone; Sammy Miller, drums) with a rotating cast of clarinetists (Will Anderson, Peter Anderson, Patrick Bartley and Janelle Reichman) tells the whole story at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Jazz Night In America learns about the history of the Benny Goodman Quartet onstage from The Appel Room.