Woody Herman
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1913-05-16
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Biography

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 ...

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Mother Goose Bumps
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Mother Goose Bumps Mother Goose Bumps Mother Goose Bumps Mother Goose Bumps
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Woodchopper's Ball
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Woodchopper's Ball Woodchopper's Ball Woodchopper's Ball Woodchopper's Ball
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Days of Wine And Roses Live
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Days of Wine And Roses Live Days of Wine And Roses Live Days of Wine And Roses Live Days of Wine And Roses Live
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Northwest Passage
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Northwest Passage Northwest Passage Northwest Passage Northwest Passage
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It's Your Thing
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It's Your Thing It's Your Thing It's Your Thing It's Your Thing
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John Brown's Other Body
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John Brown's Other Body John Brown's Other Body John Brown's Other Body John Brown's Other Body
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Jazz Me Blues
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Jazz Me Blues Jazz Me Blues Jazz Me Blues Jazz Me Blues
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At The Woodchoppers Ball
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At The Woodchoppers Ball At The Woodchoppers Ball At The Woodchoppers Ball At The Woodchoppers Ball
Med Flory, Victor Feldman, Charlie Byrd, Don Lanphere, Richie Kamuca, Mel Lewis, Bill Chase, Bill Perkins, Monty Budwig, Ray Linn, Zoot Sims, Urbie Green, Conte Candoli, Woody Herman, Woody Herman & Al Porcino
Skylark
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Skylark Skylark Skylark Skylark
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Hitch Hike On The Possum Trot Line (feat. Mike Bloomfield)
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Hitch Hike On The Possum Trot Line (feat. Mike Bloomfield) Hitch Hike On The Possum Trot Line (feat. Mike Bloomfield) Hitch Hike On The Possum Trot Line (feat. Mike Bloomfield) Hitch Hike On The Possum Trot Line (feat. Mike Bloomfield)
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Blue Serge (feat. Stan Getz)
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Blue Serge (feat. Stan Getz) Blue Serge (feat. Stan Getz) Blue Serge (feat. Stan Getz) Blue Serge (feat. Stan Getz)
Woody Herman, Dusko Goykovich, Bill Chase, Don Rader, Bobby Shew, Frank Tesinsky, Sal Nistico, Andrew McGhee, Gary Klein, Nat Pierce, Ronnie Zito, Gerry Lamy, Don Doane, Henry Southall, Tom Anastas & Tony Leonardi
Opus de Funk and Blue Flame
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Opus de Funk and Blue Flame Opus de Funk and Blue Flame Opus de Funk and Blue Flame Opus de Funk and Blue Flame
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Light My Fire
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Light My Fire Light My Fire Light My Fire Light My Fire
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The Good Earth
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The Good Earth The Good Earth The Good Earth The Good Earth
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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow eH
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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow eH Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow eH Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow eH Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow eH
Woody Herman, Sonny Berman, Charles Frankhauser, Ray Wetzel, Pete Candoli, Carl Warwick, t; Ralph Pfeffner, Bill Harris, Ed Kiefer, tb; Sam Marowitz, John LaPorta, cl, as; & Flip Phillips, Pete Mondello, ts; Skippy DeSair, bs; Marjorie Hyams, vib; Ralph Burns, arr, p; Billy Bauer, g; Chubby Jackson, b; Dave Tough, d. 19 Feb 1945
Apple Honey (extract)
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Apple Honey (extract) Apple Honey (extract) Apple Honey (extract) Apple Honey (extract)

Apple Honey (extract)

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Sonny Berman, Charles Frankhauser, Ray Wetzel, Pete Candoli, Carl Warwick, t; Ralph Pfeffner, Bill Harris, Ed Kiefer, tb; Sam Marowitz, John LaPorta, cl, as;
Flip Phillips, Pete Mondello, ts; Skippy DeSair, bs; Marjorie Hyams, vib; Ralph Burns, arr, p; Billy Bauer, g; Chubby Jackson, b; Dave Tough, d. 19 Feb 1945
Woody Herman, cl v; Sonny Berman, Shorty Rogers, t; Bill Harris, tb; Flip Phillips, ts; Red Norvo, vib; Jimmy Rowles, p; Billy Bauer, g; Chubby Jackson, b; Don Lamond, d 20 May 1946 & Woody Herman
Igor
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Igor Igor Igor Igor

Igor

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Woody Herman, cl v; Sonny Berman, Shorty Rogers, t; Bill Harris, tb; Flip Phillips, ts; Red Norvo, vib; Jimmy Rowles, p; Billy Bauer, g; Chubby Jackson, b; Don Lamond, d 20 May 1946 & Woody Herman
Woody Herman, cl v; Sonny Berman, Shorty Rogers, t; Bill Harris, tb; Flip Phillips, ts; Red Norvo, vib; Jimmy Rowles, p; Billy Bauer, g; Chubby Jackson, b; Don Lamond, d 20 May 1946 & Woody Herman
Fan It
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Fan It Fan It Fan It Fan It

Fan It

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Woody Herman, cl v; Sonny Berman, Shorty Rogers, t; Bill Harris, tb; Flip Phillips, ts; Red Norvo, vib; Jimmy Rowles, p; Billy Bauer, g; Chubby Jackson, b; Don Lamond, d 20 May 1946 & Woody Herman
Woody Herman, Bill Stapleton, Brian O’Flaherty, Scott Wagstaff, Mark Lewis, George Rabbai, t; Gene Smith, Hon Fedchock, Larry Shunk, tb; & Woody Herman, Paul McGinley, Randy Russell, Billy Ross, Nick Brignola, Al Cohn, Stan Getz, reeds; John Oddo, p; Mike Hall, b; Dave Rataiczak, d. 15 Aug 1981.
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
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Things Ain't What They Used To Be Things Ain't What They Used To Be Things Ain't What They Used To Be Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Things Ain't What They Used To Be

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Bill Stapleton, Brian O’Flaherty, Scott Wagstaff, Mark Lewis, George Rabbai, t; Gene Smith, Hon Fedchock, Larry Shunk, tb;
Woody Herman, Paul McGinley, Randy Russell, Billy Ross, Nick Brignola, Al Cohn, Stan Getz, reeds; John Oddo, p; Mike Hall, b; Dave Rataiczak, d. 15 Aug 1981.
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The Preacher
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The Preacher The Preacher The Preacher The Preacher
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Biography

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.

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