Woody Herman

By Nick Castro

 

Woody Herman was a swing era big band leader who was born in 1913 as Woodrow Charles Herman. Herman played many different types of horns but is mainly famous for his clarinet playing and singing. He led a rotating cast of musicians that he called The Herd. Many famous players came through the ranks including Dizzy Gillespie, Shelly Manne, Oscar Pettiford and Al Cohn. Herman seemed to draw energy from the young players he would champion and he was always striving to keep his sound updated.

 

When Herman was still a child he was already performing in... Read More

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