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Kehilath Jacob Synagogue

Submitted by Spertus

Where jazz musician Benny Goodman took his first music lessons.

Benjamin David Goodman was an American jazz musician, clarinetist and bandleader, also known as the “King of Swing.” He was born in Chicago’s Maxwell Street neighborhood and was the ninth of twelve children of poor Jews from the former Soviet Union. When he was 12, his father enrolled him and two of his older brothers in music lessons at the Kehilath Jacob Synagogue. The next year he joined the boys club band at Jane Addams’ Hull House, where he received lessons from director James Sylvester. Benny Goodman was the first jazz band leader to perform in Carnegie Hall in what was considered one of the most important and influential jazz concerts in history.

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Douglas Boulevard at Hamlin Ave.