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Benny Goodman: The Complete 1982 Interview About Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian expanded the boundaries of jazz and left us an unsurpassed collection of early electric guitar recordings. A brilliant soloist, Charlie departed Oklahoma City in August 1939 to try out for Benny Goodman’s band. Playing the electric guitar, then a fairly new instrument, Christian quickly proved that he had the tone, imagination, and finesse to create long, flowing melodic lines that were equal to those of Goodman’s horn players, who were among the best in the country. Continue reading