Arthur Jacob Arshawsky


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Noun1.Arthur Jacob Arshawsky - United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)Arthur Jacob Arshawsky - United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
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His name was Artie Shaw, but he was born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky, the son of Jewish immigrants.
The great clarinetist born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky put the matter this way, as recorded in a biography written by the child-actor-turned-writer Tom Nolan, Three Chords for Beauty's Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw (Norton, May): "In those days," the musician recalled, "you had to be a Gentile in America, to work," and anyhow he didn't feel Jewish.
Born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky to Yiddishspeaking parents in East Manhattan, he was conscious of anti-Semitism from an early age and this may have encouraged his own liberal views on race in a generally intolerant society.