Active since: May 16, 1913 | Died: October 29, 1987
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....
Live Jazz From Club 15Request Records
Light My FireWeton-Wesgram
The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His Orchestra &...Mosaic Records
Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat
The Everest Years
The Woody Herman Shows 1944-1946Weton-Wesgram
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- Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Legend
- Woody Herman: Blue Flame - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend
- Live Jazz From Club 15 by Larry Taylor
- The Everest Years by David Rickert
- Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat by David Rickert
- The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His Orchestra &... by George Harris
- The Band That Plays The Blues 1938 by C. Michael Bailey