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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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Albums

Live Jazz From Club 15
Live Jazz From Club 15
Request Records
2007
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[no cover]
Light My Fire
Weton-Wesgram
2006
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The Everest Years
The Everest Years

2005
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The Complete Columbia Recordings of Woody Herman and His  Orchestra &...
The Complete Columbia...
Mosaic Records
2005
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Herman's Heat and Puente's Beat
Herman's Heat and...

2005
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[no cover]
Woodchopper's Ball
Weton-Wesgram
2004
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