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Benny Goodman 100th Birthday Celebration Planned

To celebrate the 100th birthday of Benny Goodman, the legendary jazz clarinetist who passed away in 1986, members of the Goodman family have joined together with a consortium of the world’s greatest musicians and music institutions to create a yearlong celebration of the King of Swing.

The celebration will kick off in December with a press conference in Chicago, where Goodman was born on May 30, 1909. Hosted at Columbia College Chicago, the press conference will take place at Columbia’s Music Center, 1016 S. Michigan Avenue, at 10 a.m. on December 12. Later that evening, the first Goodman Centennial event will take place as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, with special guest clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, commemorates the 70th anniversary of Goodman’s legendary concert at Carnegie Hall in 1938.

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