His music ushered in the Swing Era.

Pioneered integrated bands in the 1930’s.

His band was the first jazz band to play Carnegie Hall.

Elected to All-Time Jazz Hall of Fame by Down Beat Magazine in 1957.

Enlarged classical clarinet repertoire by commissioning pieces by Bartok, Bernstein, and Copland.

Honorary doctorates from Union College, University of Illinois, Bard College, Columbia University, Yale and Harvard.

Presented with a Kennedy Center Award in 1982.

Lifetime Achievement Award from Howard University.

First Annual Distinguished Service Award from Hull House, Chicago in 1985.

Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986.

Won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1986.

Posthumous Awards

1987Grammy Award for “And The Angels Sing” (1939), Benny Goodman and Orchestra, Martha Tilton and Ziggy Elman.
1988Emerson Radio Hall of Fame
1996Image appeared as part of a US commemorative postage stamp collection entitled ‘Legends of American Music series.’
1997ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame
1998Grammy Award for “Moonglow” (1936), Benny Goodman Quartet.