Bold signature and inscription, “To Jon -/Best/Artie Shaw/ 6/07/81,” in purple felt tip ink on a 6×4 yellow index card. Very fine condition. John Verzi collection. An introspective perfectionist and self-described “very difficult man,” Artie Shaw was one of the top clarinetists of the Big Band era. In 1954 he walked away from his career, fed up with the demands and compromises of the commercial music business.