Artie Shaw (May 23, 1910, New York, New York – December 30, 2004, Thousand Oaks, California) is considered to be one of the best jazz musicians of his time. He was a jazz clarinetist, composer and band leader, and was also an author of both fiction and non-fiction writings.
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- It became such a hit that it superseded anything that any band had ever had. It was the first time that a so-called swing band played something melodic and still gave it a beat.
- You run into a party and [a] woman comes up to you. She's the most beautiful creature you ever saw — Ava Gardner — and says, "I like you and why don't we get together?" What are you going to say, "No"? You'd have to be an idiot. She was an incredible creature.
- As quoted in Artie Shaw, the Reluctant 'King of Swing' (2002-03-08). Retrieved on 2007-12-20.