Festival Musical(s)
The Benny Goodman Story
The Benny Goodman Story
(Universal 1956)
Wed Jul 24, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Sheffer Recital Hall, The Shedd Institute
  • Description
  • Soundtrack
The young Benny Goodman (Steve Allen) is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band. Later, in New York, where his new band gets a lukewarm reception, Benny meets jazz lover John Hammond (Herbert Anderson) and his sister Alice (Donna Reed). He is invited to the stately Hammond home to perform a Mozart clarinet concerto. Alice fears he will be embarrassed, but his playing is impeccable and Benny appreciates her concern. Benny's performances on a popular Saturday night radio program result in Fletcher Henderson (Sammy Davis, Sr.) volunteering to do some arrangements for him. On the West Coast, the radio show's early start has made Benny's music a sensation with a younger generation. He puts together a quartet featuring Gene Krupa on drums, Teddy Wilson on piano and Lionel Hampton on vibes. The romance with society girl Alice is disconcerting to Benny's mother, but by the time her son plays Carnegie Hall, all is well and Mrs. Goodman has personally invited her future daughter-in-law to sit by her side.
NUMBERS
 Let's Dance
(1935) - Fanny Baldridge (w) Gregory Stone, Joseph Bonine (m)
 Bugle Call Rag
(1923) - Elmer Schoebel, Jack Pettis, Billy Meyers (m)
 Goody-Goody
(1936) - Johnny Mercer (w) Matty Malneck (m)
 Don't Be That Way
(1938) - Mitchell Parish (w) Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson (m)
 Shine
(1924) - Lew Brown, Cecil Mack (w) Ford Dabney (m)
 Sing Sing Sing
(1936) - Louis Prima (m)
 Stompin' At The Savoy
(1936) - Andy Razaf (w) Benny Goodman, Edgar Sampson, Chick Webb (m)
 One O'Clock Jump
(1937) - Count Basie (m)
 Memories Of You
(1930) Lew Leslie's Blackbirds of 1930 - Andy Razaf (w) Eubie Blake (m)
 And The Angels Sing
(1939) - Johnny Mercer (w) Ziggy Elman (m)
 China Boy
(1922) - Dick Winfree, Phil Boutelje (w/m)
 Moonglow
(1934) - Eddie DeLange (w) Irving Mills, Will Hudson (m)
 Avalon
(1920) interpolated into Sinbad - B. G. DeSylva, Al Jolson, Vincent Rose (w/m)
 Sensation Rag
(1918) - Eddie Edwards (m)
 Original Dixieland One-Step
(1917) - Nick LaRocca (m)
 On The Sunny Side of the Street
(1930) Lew Leslie's International Revue - Dorothy Fields (w) Jimmy McHugh (m)
 King Porter Stomp
(1923) - Jelly Roll Morton (m)
 Goodbye
(1935) - Gordon Jenkins (m)
Ticket/Venue Info
Sheffer Recital Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
541-434-7000
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