Woody Herman

Born 16 May 1913. Died 29 October 1987
Woody Herman
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1913-05-16
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Woody Herman

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 Herman (May 16, 1913 – October 29, 1987) was an American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Leading various groups called "The Herd", Herman came to prominence in the late 1930s and was active until his death in 1987. His bands often played music that was cutting edge and experimental for its time; they received numerous Grammy nominations and awards.

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Four Brothers
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Four Brothers
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Who's Dat Up Dere?
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Who's Dat Up Dere?
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Early Autumn
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Early Autumn
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Woodchoppers Ball
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Woodchoppers Ball
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Apple Honey
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Apple Honey
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Northwest Passage
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Northwest Passage
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Fanfare For The Common Man
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Fanfare For The Common Man
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At The Woodchoppers' Ball
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At The Woodchoppers' Ball
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Careless
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Careless
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Igor
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Igor
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Fan It
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Fan It
Shorty Rogers
Summer Sequence
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Summer Sequence
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East Of The Sun
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East Of The Sun
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The Goof And I
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The Goof And I
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Five O'Clock Whistle
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Five O'Clock Whistle
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Caldonia
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Caldonia
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The Good Earth
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The Good Earth
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Corazon
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Corazon
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Lemon Drop
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Lemon Drop
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Wild Root
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Wild Root
Tito Puente
Tito Meets Woody
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Tito Meets Woody
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Panacea
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Panacea
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Keen and Peachy
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Keen and Peachy
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I Can't Get Next To You
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I Can't Get Next To You
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Greasy Sack Blues
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Greasy Sack Blues
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Fort Worth Jail
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Fort Worth Jail
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Things Ain't What They Used To Be
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Things Ain't What They Used To Be
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Hush
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Hush
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Your Father’s Moustache
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Your Father’s Moustache
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Bijou
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Bijou
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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
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Just Squeeze Me
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Just Squeeze Me
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I Would Do Anything For You
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I Would Do Anything For You
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Woodchopper's Ball
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Woodchopper's Ball
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Somebody Loves Me
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Somebody Loves Me
Ralph Burns
Early Autumn
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Early Autumn
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