Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert opened the door for jazz to be appreciated as a true American art form, and has been called "the most significant concert in jazz history" (JazzTimes). Using Goodman's original arrangements, clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski leads his all-star swing band (featuring members of the Emerald City Jazz Kings) in such classic Goodman hits as "Stompin' at the Savoy," "Don't Be That Way," and the climatic finale, "Sing! Sing! Sing!"
Benny Goodman personally chose Ken Peplowski for his last touring orchestra in 1984. His technical prowess and magnetic performance style won Peplowski a nomination as Clarinetist of the Year 2002 from the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. A prolific recording artist and charismatic entertainer, he was honored as such when the late Mel Tormé said, "Since the advent of Benny Goodman, there have been too few clarinetists to fill the void that Goodman left. Ken Peplowski is most certainly one of those few. The man is magic."
If you've seen Ken Peplowski in action, you know. If you haven't, you should. Friday, December 1st.