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Artie Shaw playing a clarinet

The Hard Life of a Jazz Man

In 1939, jazz clarinetist and bandleader Artie Shaw showed that there was a lot of money to be made in music, but, he writes, “despite that I earn close to $5,000 a week, I’d think twice before advising anyone to follow in my footsteps.”  More
Gershwin composing "Rhapsody in Blue" in an illustrated for the John Hancock insurance company in 1958.

The Birth of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

On the 90th anniversary of Gershwin’s masterpiece, it’s hard to believe that it was created so haphazardly–composed in one month, not even complete, with just a week for the parts to be orchestrated and rehearsed.  More