Woody Herman
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1913-05-16
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Woody Herman Biography (BBC)

Clarinettist, saxophonist and bandleader. Herman's series of big bands were known as 'Herds', a perfect description for the more boisterous, energetic side of their work, but not necessarily catching the beautiful, reflective side of his work written by such arrangers as Ralph Burns, and featuring his star soloists, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn.

No other white bandleader got so close to the spirit of African-American jazz, nor reflected every change in musical fashion from bebop to jazz rock, without ever losing the fundamental sound and recognisable qualities of his own band. Herman had been a child entertainer, but his big break came in 1936 when he took over Isham Jones's band.

He kept this going for ten years, and then between occasional periods of retirement or work as a vocalist, he led a further outstanding series of bands. In later life, tax claims and other financial problems compelled him to keep touring, but he never compromised on the excitement and vibrancy of his band on its live appearances and copious discs.

His own playing was not particularly brilliant, but gutsy and bluesy by turns, as was his very approachable vocal style. His talent was in selecting an exceptional group of sidemen, and by combining clever arrangements with skill, style and discipline, turning them into a series of great ensembles.

His famous 'Four Brothers' line up of three tenors and baritone in the late 1940s was perhaps his most celebrated band, but other groups with trumpeter/arrangers Shorty Rogers and Neal Hefti, saxophonist Flip Phillips and trombonist Bill Harris were all well up to the mark. His greatest hits were the high-energy Apple Honey and Woodchoppers Ball, but his greatest music came in Burns's Early Autumn, or Stravinsky's extraordinary Ebony Concerto, which was commissioned for his band.

Woody Herman Biography (Wikipedia)

Woodrow Charles "Woody" Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, alto saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman was one of the most popular of the 1930s and 1940s bandleaders. His bands often played music that was experimental for its time. He was a featured halftime performer for Super Bowl VII.

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Blues In The Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)
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Blues In The Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me)
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Midnight Sun
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Midnight Sun
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Blues Upstairs
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Blues Upstairs
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These foolish things
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These foolish things
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Summer Sequence Parts I, II and III
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Summer Sequence Parts I, II and III
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At The Woodchoppers' Ball
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At The Woodchoppers' Ball
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I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Outr
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I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Outr
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Jazz Me Blues
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Jazz Me Blues
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Blue Prelude
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Blue Prelude
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Your Father’s Moustache
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Your Father’s Moustache
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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On The Sunny Side Of The Street
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Red Roses For A Blue Lady
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Red Roses For A Blue Lady
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I'll Get By
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I'll Get By
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Mexican Hat Trick
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Mexican Hat Trick
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Woodchoppers Ball (BBC Music Jazz 2015)
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Woodchoppers Ball (BBC Music Jazz 2015)
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Mother Goose Bumps
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Mother Goose Bumps
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Apple Honey
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Apple Honey
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Woodchopper's Ball
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Woodchopper's Ball
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Days of Wine And Roses Live
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Days of Wine And Roses Live
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Northwest Passage
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Northwest Passage
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It's Your Thing
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It's Your Thing
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John Brown's Other Body
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John Brown's Other Body
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Warm All Over
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Warm All Over
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