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Buffet-Crampon Clarinet, used by Artie Shaw

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Data Source
National Museum of American History
Description (Brief)

This B-flat clarinet (top instrument), serial number 22457, was made by Buffet-Crampon & Cie. Paris, France. 1938. It was previously owned and used by American jazz musician and band leader, Artie Shaw (1910 - 2004).

This B-flat clarinet (bottom instrument), serial number M6727, was made by Henri Selmer. Paris, France. 1945. It was previously owned and used by American jazz musician and band leader, Artie Shaw (1910 - 2004).

Shaw achieved International success with his recording of “Beguine the Beguine” in 1938. He continued his career performing around the world, selling thousands of records, and appearing on film and television. By the end of 1954 Shaw made his last appearance as a clarinetist and stopped performing to pursue other interests.

Location
Currently not on view
user
Shaw, Artie
maker
Buffet-Crampon & Cie.
date made
1938
Credit Line
Gift of Artie Shaw
Physical Description
wood, ebony (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 29 in x 3 1/4 in; 73.66 cm x 8.255 cm
Object Name
clarinet
See more items in
Cultural and Community Life: Musical Instruments
Clarinets
Music & Musical Instruments
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
ID Number
2003.0264.01
serial number
22457
accession number
2003.0264
catalog number
2003.0264.01
subject
Jazz
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris