Benny GoodmanBenjamin David “Benny” Goodman (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz and ‎swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader; widely known as the "King of Swing".‎
In the mid-1930s, Benny Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His ‎January 16, 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City is described by critic Bruce Eder as ‎‎"the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the ‎world of 'respectable' music."‎
Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz, and during an era of ‎segregation, he also led one of the first well-known racially-integrated jazz groups. Goodman ‎continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, including exploring his interest in classical music.‎