nyt: Artie Shaw, Big Band Leader, Dies at 94

The New York Times > Arts > Music > Artie Shaw, Big Band Leader, Dies at 94: “Artie Shaw’s virtuosity on his instrument, his groups’ highly original arrangements and his explosively romantic showmanship made him one of the most danced-to bandleaders of swing and one of the most listened-to artists of jazz. He quit performing in 1954 , but the many re-releases of his discs, a ghost band, and his informed but often sardonic comments on music and many other subjects kept him in the public ear.”

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he’s not one of my favorites, but he was fun to listen to.