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Woody Herman

Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: May 16, 1913 | Died: October 29, 1987    

Woody Herman

After early experience in Chicago with the bands led by Tom Gerun and Harry Sosnik, Woody Herman toured with Gus Arnheim. In 1934, he joined Isham Jones, and when Jones's group disbanded in 1936 Herman used its leading sidemen as the nucleus for his own orchestra. This band went through a number of changes of personnel, such as the inclusion in 1943 of Chubby Jackson and in 1944 of Neal Hefti, Ralph Burns, Flip Phillips, and Bill Harris (by the mid-1940s, under the name Herman's Herd, it was internationally famous for the force and originality of its music. Herman reformed the band in 1947, and the distinctive feature of the Second Herd was the group of saxophonists (three tenor and one baritone) who came to be known as the Four Brothers; among the musicians who played in the section were Serge Chaloff, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, and Gene Ammons....
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  • Live Jazz From Club 15

    Request Records
    2007
  • Light My Fire

    Weton-Wesgram
    2006
  • The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His Orchestra &...

    Mosaic Records
    2005
  • Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat


    2005
  • The Everest Years


    2005
  • Woodchopper's Ball

    Weton-Wesgram
    2004
  • The Woody Herman Shows 1944-1946

    Weton-Wesgram
    2003
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