Alton Glenn Miller in Clarinda, Iowa. Miller was an American jazz musician and bandleader in the swing era who was probably the genre's best-selling performer from 1939 1942.
Thomas Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania and is the younger brother of Jimmy Dorsey. He worked with many bands in the New York City area starting in the 1920s, including the bands of Rudy Vallee, Vincent Lopez, and Paul Whiteman.
Goodman was born in Chicago, the son of poor Jewish immigrants who lived in the Maxwell Street neighborhood. He learned to play clarinet in a Hull House-run band. He became a strong player at an early age and began professionally in bands while still a child.
Harry Haag James (March 15, 1916 July 5, 1983) was a popular United States musician and band leader, and a well known trumpet virtuoso. Harry James was born in Albany, Georgia, the son of a bandleader of a traveling circus.
Arthur Arshawsky (May 23, 1910 December 30, 2004), better known as Artie Shaw, was an accomplished jazz clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and writer. He was born in New York City, United States, and began learning the saxophone when he was 15 and, by age 16, had begun to tour with a band.