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  PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Woody Herman
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.
After the demise of the Second Herd in 1949, Herman continued to lead bands; these were perhaps less creative, but their consistently high level of musicianship assured his continuing reputation.
Herman broadened his scope in the late 1960s, when he took up soprano saxophone and included young jazz-rock players in his groups.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_herman_woody.htm   (411 words)

  Woody Herman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Woodrow Charles Herman (May 16, 1913–October 29, 1987), better known as Woody Herman, was an American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and Big band leader.
When Isham Jones's band, of which Herman had been a member, broke up in 1936, he formed his own band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, with some of his band mates.
Herman disbanded the orchestra in 1946 to spend more time with his wife and family, but in 1947 organized the Second Herd.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Woody_Herman   (396 words)

 Encyclopedia: Woody Herman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The great majority of the early Herman recordings feature the bandleader as a ballad vocalist, but it was the instrumentals that caught on, leading to his group being known as "the Band That Plays the Blues." Woody Herman [+]'s theme "At the Woodchopper's Ball" became his first hit (1939).
Herman's early group was actually a minor outfit with a Dixieland feel to many of the looser pieces and fine vocals contributed by Mary Ann McCall [+], in addition to Herman.
Herman recorded a bit in the interim, and then, by mid-1947, had a new orchestra, the Second Herd, which was also soon known as the Four Brothers [+] band.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Woody-Herman   (1246 words)

 Woody Herman
In the late '60s Herman dabbled with jazz-rock but, although he subsequently kept a few such numbers in the band's book, it was not an area in which he was comfortable.
Now Herman was not only flat broke and in danger of eviction from his home in the Hollywood Hills, but he also owed the IRS millions of dollars.
Herman's real skills lay in his ability to pick the right people for his band, to enthuse them, and to ensure that they never lost that enthusiasm.
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 Woody Herman MP3 Downloads - Woody Herman Music Downloads - Woody Herman Music Videos
The great majority of the early Herman recordings feature the bandleader as a ballad vocalist, but it was the instrumentals that caught on, leading to his group being known as "the Band That Plays the Blues." Woody Herman's theme "At the Woodchopper's Ball" became his first hit (1939).
Herman's early group was actually a minor outfit with a Dixieland feel to many of the looser pieces and fine vocals contributed by Mary Ann McCall, in addition to Herman.
Herman recorded a bit in the interim, and then, by mid-1947, had a new orchestra, the Second Herd, which was also soon known as the Four Brothers band.
www.mp3.com /woody-herman/artists/5732/biography.html   (1229 words)

 Solid! -- Woody Herman
Without a doubt Woody Herman was one of the most talented bandleaders of the twentieth century.
In 1943 the orchestra was renamed Woody Herman and his Herd.
With the band's success, though, came increasing pressure on Herman, and in December of 1946 he made the suprise announcement that he was disbanding the group in order to devote more time to his family.
www.parabrisas.com /d_hermanw.php   (593 words)

 American BigBands - Page 4 "H" Bands
Woody said that this struck him so hard, that he was forced to duck into a nearby telephone booth, where he broke down and wept for half an hour, before he could continue on his way.
Herman played long engagements during the swing years at The Hotel New Yorker, Sherman Hotel's Panther Room in Chicago, Frank Dailey's Meadowbrook in New Jersey, etc. In 1941, Herman had a mid-July opening of the new Hollywood Palladium with a draw of 4800 patrons, second only to Glenn Miller's 5200.
As a tribute to Woody Herman, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce enhanced the legend by installing a gold star bearing Woody's name as part of its Walk of Fame sidewalks at the southwest corner of Hollywood and Highland Boulevards in Hollywood, California.
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 HERMAN, Woody : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
As often happens, the best tracks weren't necessarily the biggest hits; according to Gene Lees, Woody always said that Shorty Rogers was one of the biggest influences on the band, and his composition 'Back Talk' was one of the most successful integrations of virtuoso ensemble and improvisation.
The Second Herd included sleepy-heads (junkies), and some of them thought Herman himself was old-fashioned, but when the band played an arrangement by young Gerry Mulligan, he later said that Herman's solo was the only one that had anything to do with the music.
In the late '60s Herman's manager gambled away the band's income tax money; he told Artie Shaw, 'I'm going to be on the road for the rest of my life.' The IRS persecuted him to the point of selling his home, but he never complained, never held a grudge.
www.musicweb-international.com /encyclopaedia/h/H99.HTM   (858 words)

 Woodchopper's Ball: The Autobiography of Woody Herman
It was a road Woody Herman never stopped travelling until a few months before his death in October 1987.
Herman's Herd played all the great show palaces in all the great cities; it had a regular radio show, included many of the great jazz musicians of its time and commissioned dozens of songs that became this nation's standards.
Woody Herman: Chronicles of the Herds by W.D. Clancy and Audree Coke Kenton
www.jazzscript.co.uk /books/hermanherman.htm   (342 words)

 The Woody Herman Orchestra
Upon joining Woody, Frank became the lead saxophonist in Woody's "Four Brother" saxophone section and the solo tenor saxophonist on the classic, "Early Autumn".
He is currently the President and CEO of the world famous Woody Herman Orchestra and The Latin Giants of Jazz.
The Woody Herman Legacy has proudly continued for the last 16 years under the musical leadership of Frank Tiberi and for the last 12 years under the ownership of Stew Jackson.
www.woodyherman.biz /the_players.html   (342 words)

 The Woody Herman Orchestra : International JAZZ PRODUCTIONS.com
Woody’s timeless, ever evolving style continues to win not only high critical acclaim and Grammy awards, but also new fans of all ages and from every walk of life.
Woody’s band was recognized as one of the great American big bands which recorded hundreds of albums and classic hits such as “The Woodchopper’s Ball”, “Caldonia”, “Northwest Passage”, “Wild Root”, “Apple Honey”, “Your Father’s Moustache” and many, many others.
Woody employed over 2000 musicians during his lifetime and helped to make many of these musicians famous in their own right as the “Herds” performed continuously around the world for millions of ecstatic fans.
www.internationaljazzproductions.com /whermanorchestra.html   (1024 words)

 Jazz Police - Woody Herman Orchestra at The Mentor Performing Arts Center 11/13
The Woody Herman Orchestra of today maintains the youthful vitality and versatility that characterized it in years past, mixing classics from the Herman bands of old with new charts arranged to suit the band's exuberant, hard-swinging style.
Woody Herman was born on May 16, 1913 in Milwaukee, WI.
Herman continued to lead his big band throughout the 1960s, during which its sound became more rock-oriented as he utilized his young sidemen’s arrangements, often of current pop tunes.
www.jazzpolice.com /index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5511&Itemid=72   (711 words)

 Woody Herman: Chronicles of the Herds, W.D. Clancy & Audrey Coke Kenton
The "Herman Herd" of the mid-1940s (later called the First Herd) was a band that added up to more than the sum of its parts: "We all played above our heads many times." The Herd was a phenomenon, commanding a six-figure annual gross and frequently pictured in the national magazines.
Herman broke up the First Herd in 1946 to spend more time with his family, but found he could not stay off the road for long.
He was both a Herman fan and a close friend of the Herman family.
www.jazzscript.co.uk /books/hermanclancy.htm   (657 words)

 Amazon.com: Leader of the Band : The Life of Woody Herman : Books: Gene Lees   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Lees (Cats of Any Color), who calls himself "one of the many souls whose lives were reshaped by Woody Herman," writes affectionately here about his friend and mentor, the great clarinetist, saxophonist, singer and band leader who was a major figure in the jazz world from the 1930s to his death in 1987.
Drawing on interviews and informal conversations with Herman, his wife, his daughter and many of his friends and associates, he covers Herman's career from the early days on the road with various groups through his later popularity with his own bands-the "Herds"-which he led during the big band era and later.
A clarinet prodigy, Herman launched his career in music early, rose to prominence in the swing era, investigated the bop revolution, and kept going long after his style of performance was diagnosed as being in decline.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/019505671X?v=glance   (1220 words)

 Woody Herman - Verve Records
By 1943 the Woody Herman Orchestra was becoming the Herd.
By 1945 Herman had an essentially new orchestra during this period the band was considered the most exciting new big band in jazz.
Woody Herman broke up the First Herd because of family troubles.
www.vervemusicgroup.com /artist.aspx?ob=per&src=prd&aid=2841   (354 words)

 Jazzed in Cleveland - Part 65 - John Fedchock
In 1974, Woody Herman and his Orchestra were in Cleveland for a series of performances.
Fedchock was touring the nation with Woody Herman and his Orchestra, playing concerts, dances and radio broadcasts.
The Greater Cleveland native who first saw and heard the Woody Herman Orchestra when he was a 16-year-old 11th grader at Mayfield High School, had become a major player in the jazz world.
www.cleveland.oh.us /wmv_news/jazz65.htm   (862 words)

 Mosaic Records
The Phillips recordings of Woody Herman, spanning the mid 1960s, are considered by many to be the greatest of all the Herman Herds.
It was a period that featured a number of stellar soloists including tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico, trombonist Phil Wilson, trumpeter Bill Chase, pianist Nat Pierce and drummer Jake Hanna.
Each album from the Thundering Herd, as they were known, were anxiously awaited by the jazz public.
www.mosaicrecords.com /futureprojects.asp   (634 words)

 Woody Herman DVDs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
"Woody Herman Remembered" is a video tribute to an artist whose various bands spawned innumerable musicians who would, in turn, impact the jazz scene in America.
The video presentation includes a biographical sketch of Woody along with performances by several of his Herds, spanning a ten-year period during the '70s and '80s.
In a sense, it is a history of jazz because Woody Herman influenced the big band scene so profoundly.
www.fattvideos.com /DVDs-by/19990/WOODY_HERMAN   (132 words)

 Woody Herman --  Encyclopædia Britannica
Herman was a child prodigy who sang and danced in vaudeville at six years of age.
The “poet of America's emotionally disenfranchised,” Woody Allen wove his movie fables of urban neuroses in a framework of classic slapstick.
Herman Melville was born on August 1, 1819 into an established merchant family.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-9040150?tocId=9040150   (651 words)

 Woody - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Woody   (151 words)

 HyperMusic -- History of Jazz: Woody Herman
Woody Herman was a well-respected band leader, clarinetist, and saxophonist.
He began the first of his own bands in 1936.
Throughout his career, his bands were nicknamed "Herman's Herd" or "Swinging Herd" or a similar variation, after the great collection of jazz musicians and the force and originality with which they played.
www.hypermusic.ca /jazz/herman.html   (52 words)

 WOODY HERMAN BIG BAND. Ronnie Scott`s Jazz Club LONDON.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Herman, in passing the reins to his long-serving saxophonist, commented: ‘The guys have always liked and respected him, so I knew they’d all play their hearts out every night.’
That ‘Blue Flame’ was first kindled by Woody Herman’s childhood experience as a singer in vaudeville, and kept alive by his prodigious abilities on saxophone, which he took up at the age of 11.
In the characteristically modest words of Herman himself: ‘All the band does is create some kind of mood, and hope somebody digs it...’ Audiences have been digging the unique Herman sound for over 60 years now; the belief and passion of Woody Herman live on undiminished.
www.ronniescotts.co.uk /ronnie_scotts/ronniescotts/143/08.htm   (411 words)

 Woody Herman - Wal-Mart
Isham Jones, Herman first being in Isham Jones' Juniors, with whom he recorded early in 1936.
In the late 60s Herman dabbled with jazz rock but, although he subsequently kept a few such numbers in the band's book, it was not an area in which he was comfortable.
As a clarinettist and saxophonist, sometimes playing alto, latterly soprano, Herman was never a virtuoso player in the manner of swing era contemporaries such as
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 the Woody Herman Exclusive
At the end of 1949, Herman disbanded the Herd, formed another, but die to the decline of the big - band market, he was forced to follow a more conservative line.
The Third Herd is a blurred category, covering a multitude of personnel changes, though the arrangements remained the province of Burns and Giuffre.
Woody Herman's own playing has remained consistently excellent over the decades, still indebted to frank Trumbauer, The Glissando Kid, for his alto sound, and still apposite on the unfashionable clarinet.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/jazz/54528/2   (311 words)

 JS Online: Local jazz greats honor Woody Herman
Born in Milwaukee in 1913, Herman entered vaudeville as a child performer.
In 1936, Herman took over the Isham Jones orchestra and led his own widely praised big band, with a few interruptions, until his death in 1987.
Herman's Herd was a regular poll winner in the 1940s and included a number of jazz all-stars, including Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Flip Phillips, Bill Harris and musician/arrangers Ralph Burns, Neal Hefti and Al Cohn.
www.jsonline.com /onwisconsin/music/apr02/34353.asp?format=print   (279 words)

 BBC - Radio 3 Jazz Profiles - Woody Herman
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.
Herman had been a child entertainer, but his big break came in 1936 when he took over Isham Jones's band.
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.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio3/jazz/profiles/woody_herman.shtml   (344 words)

 The Woody Herman Jazz Award   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Woody Herman Jazz Award was created in 1988, shortly after Herman's death, to honor outstanding jazz students.
The Herman Jazz Award may be given to multiple deserving students.
From 1936 to 1987, Woody Herman's big bands were popular and explosive.
www.instrumentalistmagazine.com /awards/hermanjazz.htm   (100 words)

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