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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – Benny Goodman: King of Swing

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80 years on from Jazz's ‘coming out’ party on the Carnegie Hall stage, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and special guests re-enact this monumental moment in music and social history.

On January 16 1938, Benny Goodman made his debut on the USA’s most significant classical stage. But the moment was about much more than Benny Goodman; it was an unprecedented presentation of authentic Jazz and racial integration on a stage of unparalleled prestige. True to form, the ‘King of Swing’ celebrated the music on its own terms, introducing the public to real Jazz elements and extensive improvisation during an era fixated on Dance music — and by the end of the evening, the response was ecstatic.

Tonight’s concert will consist entirely of pieces from the historic performance, including those made famous by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Louis Prima, and more; new and classic arrangements, burning solos, and a new take on the mid-concert jam session that went down in history.