Artie Shaw passed away on December 30, 2004, at age 94. Sigmund Shonholtz, his friend in later life, spoke at the funeral, and his well-received words on that day were almost exactly as written below. By Sigmund Shonholtz My friendship with Artie Shaw began over a business transaction about eight years ago. He had answered… Read More Artie. It wasn’t about Big Bands, it was about The Big Bang.