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Herman, (Woodrow Charles) Woody

(1913–1987) jazz musician; born in Milwaukee, Wis. He was a clarinetist and singer who began his career with the Isham Jones Band in 1934 and assumed its leadership two years later. Regrouping in the early 1940s, he led a succession of "Herds," the first of which premiered Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto" in 1946. The Second Herd, or "Four Brothers" band of 1947–48, included Stan Getz and other promising modernists. He continued to lead ensembles of various sizes until his death.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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But Breuer also loved music, an interest that came naturally: Breuer's father played violin and worked as what is now called a roadie for the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and his godfather played drums for Woody Herman. His favorite place in his South Bronx apartment building was the basement where one of the other tenants kept a record player.
With 25 tracks, it's simply packed with festive songs from favourite stars, including Bing Crosby's Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Frank Sinatra's White Christmas, Let It Snow by Woody Herman and The Little Christmas Tree by Nat King Cole.
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Perhaps when Mr Taylor grows up a little, he might like to listen to Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman and Stan Kenton.
On the other hand, greater appreciation of the role of minstrelsy in jazz and entertainment in general might have improved the analysis in, for example, his discussion of Woody Herman's clowning and singing the blues.
His role as a trendsetter was firmly established during the mambo's heyday, when his powerful and inventive orchestrations attracted the attention of such jazz artists as Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Dizzy Gillespie.
After reaching what seemed to be the high point of his life playing tenor saxophone with the Woody Herman band, Garment found financial success boredom, and depression working at a Wail Street law firm.
native, Fornero has toured the world playing lead trumpet with Woody Herman, Tom Jones, the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Johnny Hallyday, Phil Collins, Neil Diamond and Mumford & Sons, among others.
The authors have organized the bulk of their text in thirteen chapters, the first of which is dedicated to Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Louie Bellson, and Buddy RichAEs big bands.
Les | Dawson "And Ernie, almost going down on his knees to me, pleading to Mae |West pick him up after a show to Meet his great idol, the American bandleader Woody Herman.
Now on the faculty at the University of North Florida, DelGiudice has played with Ray Charles, John Fedchock, the Woody Herman Big Band, Natalie Cole, Ken Peplowski and the Maria Schneider Orchestra.