In S1E4, Drella is playing the song “Iron Man” by Black Sabbath on her harp in the Independence Inn lobby. Lorelai walks up and says, “No Black Sabbath.” Drella protests, “No one is listening.” Lorelai continues, “No Black Sabbath, no Steely Dan, no Boston, and no Queen.” Drella sighs and says, “What happened to make you so cold?” Lorelai starts walking away and says, “We like that Mozart.” Drella dramatically declares, “I am the Artie Shaw of harpists.”
Black Sabbath, Steely Dan, Boston, and Queen are all rock bands that rose to fame during the 70’s and 80’s.
Artie Shaw, the “King of Swing,” was a famous jazz clarinet player and bandleader in the 30’s and 40’s. Drella was referencing the fact that Shaw was a musical pioneer, including unusual instruments in his big band ensembles and mixing jazz music with genres such as classical and Afro-Cuban.