They also found 96 knives, including a gravity knife and switchblades, five sets of metal knuckles, eight expandable batons, two blackjacks and five blank-firing handguns. Shaw was charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, one count of possession of a shot gun, one count of unlawful possession of ammunition and one count of possession of air pistols and air rifle. Prosecutors noted that he has one prior arrest, for petit larceny in California.
Pakett would not say where Shaw intended to ship the weapons and ammo. Prosecutors said cops asked Shaw to surrender and he refused, forcing officers to nail him at his hotel at 2 a. Police said Shaw had an apartment in the West Village. But when a Post reporter went there today, the man living there said that cops showed up early Saturday morning, and tried to arrest him, mistakenly believing he was Shaw.
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In addition to hiring Buddy Rich , he signed Billie Holiday as his band's vocalist in , becoming the first white band leader to hire a full-time black female singer to tour the segregated Southern U. Like his main rival,  Benny Goodman, and other leaders of big bands, Shaw fashioned a smaller "band within the band" in Trumpeter Roy Eldridge became part of the group, succeeding Billy Butterfield.
In , the original Gramercy Five pressed eight records, then Shaw dissolved the band in early He used the morose "Nightmare", with its Hasidic nuances, as his theme rather than choosing a more accessible song. In a televised interview in the s, Shaw derided the "asinine" songs of Tin Pan Alley that were the lifeblood of popular music and which bands, especially the most popular such as his own were compelled to play night after night.
Throughout his career, Shaw had a habit of forming bands, developing them according to his immediate aspirations, making a quick series of records, and then disbanding. He generally did not stick around long enough to reap his bands' successes through live performances of their recorded hits. Following the breakup of what was already his second band in , he rarely toured at all and, if he did, his personal appearances were usually limited to long-term engagements in a single venue or bookings that did not require much traveling, unlike many bands of the era that traveled great distances doing seemingly endless strings of one-night engagements.
Shaw did many big band remote broadcasts. He was the headliner of a radio series with comedian Robert Benchley as emcee. At the Cafe Rouge he quit his band that week and went to Mexico.
The band continued without him into January but eventually broke up. After Shaw returned from Mexico in , and still under contract to RCA Victor, he experimented with a group of session musicians in Hollywood, trying to combine strings and woodwinds with a jazz band. The result was the hit "Frenesi". He was hired as bandleader for the Burns and Allen Show broadcast from Hollywood.
He organized a band that was modeled after his swing band concept of the late s with the addition of six violins, two violas, and one cello. The addition of a string section to a popular big band was not novel, as it had been done by Paul Whiteman and others since the s.
Shaw updated the idea with the music trends of the s. Strings gave him a wider tonal palette and allowed him to concentrate on ballads rather than the fast dance songs of the swing era. Shaw was at or near the top of the list of virtuoso jazz bandleaders. The band was showcased on the Burns and Allen program every week. Shaw's contract was renewed for another 13 weeks when the program was moved to New York. Shaw broke up the Hollywood band, keeping a nucleus of seven musicians in addition to himself, and filled out the ensemble with New York musicians until March While taking a few months vacation in the spring of to reassess what to do next, Shaw recorded in another small group format with three horns and a four-man rhythm section with the addition of a dozen strings and.
By September, he formed a big band with seven brass, five saxes, four rhythm, and fifteen strings. Remote broadcasts noted the band performing in good form and Shaw dazzling the crowd with his clarinet. On December 7, three months into the tour, the piece band was in the midst of a matinee performance in Providence, Rhode Island, when he was given a note about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. The note instructed him to tell military personnel to return to their bases.
As the audience left, he knew the band was coming to an end. After 18 months playing for Navy personnel, sometimes as many as four concerts a day in battle zones, including Guadalcanal , Shaw returned to the U. Shaw credited his time in the Navy from to as a period of renewed introspection. His autobiography, The Trouble With Cinderella: An Outline of Identity , was published in with later reprint editions in and Revealing downbeat elements of the music business, Shaw explained that "the trouble with Cinderella" is "nobody ever lives happily ever after.
I flipped over it! In a new Artie Shaw Orchestra materialised to revive the old scores, with Shaw conducting, but not playing clarinet. His first appearance at the Glen Island Casino at New Rochelle, legendary home of swing era bands, was witnessed by an enthusiastic and sell-out crowd. He said: "I haven't wanted to play for 30 years, but now I'm really turned on. This band is doing things after only two weeks that my old band struggled with for six months.
In Brigitte Berman's Oscar-winning documentary, Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got , you could feel that he enjoyed the chance to milk applause again, whatever he had said about the American public being "musically illiterate". He claimed to have been proud of his contribution and wanted it recognised, yet later commented that "nothing had changed.
I became sick of getting up there, posing in front of an audience and doing the same old thing night after night after night. The band continued without him, while he worked on another novel, still unpublished, which he described as "fiction, buried in a matrix of fact.
In , he organised and conducted a classical concert in London that included a performance of his own Concerto For Clarinet, with clarinet solo by Bob Wilber, who said the hardest part was to persuade Shaw the concert needed music that reflected his career as a bandleader. S haw maintained that his experience proved no friendship, however strong, could survive between the leader of a band and a band member. With that proviso, people liked him.
Comparing his clarinet playing with Benny Goodman's, musicians often have strong views. What seems incontestable is that, in jazz terms, Shaw took the more progressive stance. Begin The Beguine shows how carefully Shaw picked the moments to interpose himself. The compilation album Artie Shaw: Self Portrait was released in He was an expert fly-fisherman and rifleman, but it was that clarinet which brought him fame. Perhaps his true genius lay in putting sounds together. Had he been born a quarter of a century later, and with the same ruthless dedication to music, he might well have produced rock records, turning out endless classy hits.
Now, that really would have made him miserable. He had a son with Elizabeth Kern and a son with Doris Dowling.I heard some Artie Shaw music at a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra show back in the late winter of and loved the sound, so I searched for a CD. This really is a treasure! It is a 2-CD set, with a lot of music, well recorded, filled with crooning music, big sound, and major toe tapping/5().