In the early part of his career, Goodman shared a flat with fellow-musician Jimmy Dorsey. Both played clarinet and saxophone, so there was fierce competition when any job came up. Rather than share the work fairly, they operated on the basic rule that whoever answered the telephone first got the job. Goodman recalls an occasion when there was a tie: “Jimmy got the mouthpiece of the phone and accepted the date. But I had the receiver and knew where the job was.”
On the day of his celebrated Carnegie Hall concert in 1938, Goodman was asked how long an intermission he would want that evening.
“I don’t know. How much does Toscanini have?”~Benny Goodman