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Woody Herman in 1946.
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May 16, 2013 He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Artwork from the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra's 1970 album Consummation.
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December 6, 2011 In the age of rock, big bands offered a suggestion that musical power could still emanate from non-electric sources.
Woody Herman took the stately "Pomp and Circumstance" and made it a party.
Photo Illustration: Lars Gotrich; Photos: Keystone/Hulton Archive, iStock.
May 19, 2010 When the frustration of applying to hundreds of entry-level positions gets to be too much to bear, just stomp it out with these five jazz tracks. After that, you'll be ready to face the world beyond the cap and gown.
October 19, 2009 There are thousands of apple varieties — even a new breed called "Jazz." Much like the music that lends its name to this autumn delight, Jazz is a hybrid. The time is ripe for planning that apple-picking day trip, so get the caramel ready for five crisp, fleshy jazz tunes related to a certain favorite fall fruit.
August 1, 2001 Woody Herman is best known as the leader of several big bands, three of which were called "The Herds." This box set, The Thundering Herds 1945-1947, contains almost fifty of Herman's popular tunes, including his first hit, "Woodchopper's Ball."
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July 18, 2001 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new anthology Woody Herman - Blowin' Up a Storm: The Columbia Years 1945-47.
December 27, 2000 Band leader Woody Herman. Herman was the leader of numerous big bands, all variously called The Thundering Herd. His bands were noted for their dazzling improvisation combined with their incisive ensemble playing. He died in 1987.
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