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Birth Name: Benjamin David Goodman
Born: 1909/05/30
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years Active: 1926–1986
Genres: Swing, Big Band

Benjamin David Goodman was born in Chicago on May 30, 1909 and was a jazz and swing musician, and bandleader. In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America and earned himself a nickname from his fans and critics alike as the “King of Swing.” Goodman was both a force and a pioneer in the world of jazz music; leading the first racially-mixed jazz group and starting the careers of a number of world-famous jazz musicians. He continued to perform right up until his death in 1986. Goodman had an affinity for music from an early age and when he was ten years old his father enrolled him in music lessons. At age eleven he joined a boy’s club band and received l... Continue Bio >>

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