Artie Shaw & His Gramercy 5

Artie Shaw was one of the great names of the Big Band era. He was a band leader as well as a clarinetist. But what a lot of people don’t know about Artie Shaw is that, like Benny Goodman, he also had a small ensemble of musicians he played and recorded with. What he and Goodman called “a band within a band.” Artie on clarinet, pianist Johnny Guarnieri, Al Hendrickson on electric guitar, and trumpeter Billy Butterfield who was succeeded by Roy Eldridge. Unusual for jazz music, a number of the compositions include harpsichord, played by Johnny Guarnieri. So let’s swing with Artie and his bandmates.

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