[JPL] Artie Shaw Dies

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Thu Dec 30 17:33:34 EST 2004


Jazz giant Artie Shaw dies at age 94


LOS ANGELES, Dec 30 (Reuters) - Bandleader and clarinetist Artie Shaw, 
famed for his recording of "Begin the Beguine" and one of the giants of the 
swing era of jazz, died on Thursday at age 94, his manager Will Curtis said.

A self-declared perfectionist, Shaw put down the clarinet in 1954 and never 
played it again, saying he could not reach the level of artistry he desired.

He had been ill for several years, Curtis said.

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