Artie Shaw was the king of jazz in the interwar years, a slick and suave performer who raked in the big bucks every time he picked up a clarinet. Unfortunately for Artie, the control he enjoyed on stage was lost when it came to his restless and torturous life.
Artie Shaw (Photo via Getty)

Artie Shaw was easy to love but hard to like. Good looking, immaculately stylish and supremely talented, he dominated the swing era as the ‘King of the Clarinet’, inciting the devotion of the jazz cognoscenti and the paying public — as well as many of the most beautiful women of his time. Despite this, he lived a life of dissatisfaction, resentment and misanthropy, contemptuous of all around him and even of his own spectacular gifts.


    James Medd


    October 2021


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