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Actually, Benny Goodman was far more influnced by Jimmy Noone -- whose sound and style contrast greatly with the earthier, woodier, bluesier sound of Johnny Dodds; not that either Goodman or Noone couldn't play the blues -- both certainly could, but Johnny Dodds' clarinet playing has the force, both emotional and physical, of his two-time bandmate Louis Armstrong, perhaps a reflection of his and Armstrong's specific life experiences as African-Americans during the first quarter of the twentieth century, from New Orleans which were -- to a lesser extent -- shared by Noone, who as a "creole", a social class that had always held itself apart from the African-American population of the city, until forced to live amongst them in accordance with New Orleans' rigid segregation codes; and Goodman as the child of a Jewish Russian immigrant family. oedipus 01:49, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
Possibly the Noone influence was greater, but I think it's fair to say that Dodds was an important early influence, as probably was Roppolo. -- Infrogmation 01:57, 30 May 2006 (UTC)