Today we celebrate the centenary of Artie Shaw. Shaw was one of the most gifted soloists on his chosen instrument in the history of jazz. It's hard to find out-of-print Shaw records, but this recording of Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" from a 1938 transcription was about as close as I could find. My favorite sides of Shaw's considerable recorded output are his more experimental big band numbers from 1949, collected nicely here.
HAPPY 100TH, ARTIE!
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