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The Band That Plays The Blues

Band, US
Jazz

American jazz ensemble active from 1936 to summer 1944, led by Woody Herman. It is the earliest period of Woody Herman And His Orchestra. When Isham Jones decided to retire in 1936, Herman was the core of the 'hot' fraction of the disbanded orchestra. Together with 8 other musicians of this band, he founded his own orchestra Woody Herman And His Orchestra, which became legendary as a source of jazz talents over decades. The Band that plays the blues was still a band playing the tradition of swing big bands. As the jazz music style was in transition from swing to bebop arrangements, the period of this band ended. It was followed in summer 1944 by Woody Herman & The Herd with different arrangements and a changed scheme of musicians (The 'Four Brothers' arrangement).

        
Members
PortraitNeal Hefti
tr 1922-2008 US
PortraitWoody Herman
cl, as 1913-1987 US
PortraitBilly May
tr 1916-2004 US
PortraitBen Webster
ts 1909-1973 US
PortraitJohnny Hodges
as, sax 1906-1970 US
PortraitVido Musso
ts, sax 1913-1982 US
PortraitAnita O'Day
voc 1919-2006 US
PortraitBilly Bauer
g 1915-2005 US
PortraitNick Travis
tr 1925-1964 US
PortraitJimmy Rowles
p 1918-1996 US
PortraitAllen Eager
ts, as 1927-2003 US
PortraitEddie Bert
tb 1922-2012 US
PortraitChubby Jackson
b 1918-2003 US
PortraitRay Nance
tr, vn 1913-1976 US
PortraitRalph Burns
p 1922-2001 US
PortraitRay Linn
tr 1920-1996 US
PortraitJuan Tizol
tb 1900-1984 PR
PortraitConnie Boswell
voc 1907-1976 US
PortraitHerbie Haymer
ts, sax 1916-1949 US
PortraitTommy Pederson
tb 1920-1998 US
PortraitGeorge Seaberg
tr 1915-1965 US
PortraitLes Robinson
as, sax 1914-2005 US
Al Mastren
tb US
Don Watt
as US
Chuck Peterson
tr 1915-1978 CA
PortraitErnie Caceres
bs, cl 1911-1971 US
PortraitBudd Johnson
ts 1910-1984 US
Mary Ann McCall
voc 1919-1994 US
PortraitFrances Wayne
voc 1924-1978 US
Charlie DiMaggio
sax US
Mickey Folus
ts
Murray Williams
sax, as US
PortraitCliff Leeman
dr 1913-1986 US
John Owens
tr
PortraitFrank Carlson
dr, perc *1914
Jack Ferrier
sax, as US
Ronnie Perry
sax, ts US
Jimmy Horvath
as US
Pete Mondello
ts, sax US
Deane Kincaide
sax, bs 1911-1992 US
Bob Price
tr US
PortraitRed Saunders
dr 1912-1981 US
PortraitNeil Reid
tb US
PortraitSunny Skylar
voc 1913-2009 US
Walt Yoder
b *1914 US
Clarence Willard
tr US
Gene Sargent
g US
PortraitRay Wetzel
tr 1924-1951 US
PortraitMary Martin
voc 1913-1990 US
Joe Bishop
fh 1907-1974 US
Toby Tyler
tb US
Nick Caiazza
sax, ts *1914 US
Jerry Neary
tr US
Vic Hamann
tb US
Skippy Desair
sax, bs US
Ed Kiefer
tb
PortraitJohnny Bothwell
sax, as 1919-1995 US
PortraitHy White
g 1915-2011 US
Bill Horan
tr US
Tommy Linehan
p US
John Altwerger
sax 1919-1990 CA
PortraitHorace Diaz
p MX
Kermit Simmons
tr US
PortraitHerbie Fields
ts, cl 1919-1958 US
PortraitCarolyn Grey
voc US
PortraitCappy Lewis
tr 1917-1991 US
Malcolm Crain
tr US
Jerry Rosa
tb US
Sam Rubinowitch
bs US
Bud Smith
tb, sax US
Saxie Mansfield
ts, sax US
Dillagene
voc US
Nick Hupfer
vn US
Chick Reeves
g US
Bruce Wilkins
ts, sax US
Joe Estren
as US
Billy Robbins
tr
Steady Nelson
tr 1913-1988 US
Herb Tompkins
as
Eddie Scalzi
as
Muriel Lane
voc US
Ray Hopfner
as, sax US
Billie Rogers
voc US
Jesse Ralph
tb US
Rodney Ogle
tb US
Pete Johns
sax, ts US
Mac MacQuordale
tr US
Joe Denton
sax, as US
Sammy Armato
ts US
Walter Nimms
tb US
Tommy Farr
tb US
Mario Serritello
tr US
Dick Kane
p US
Benny Stabler
tr US
Bill Vitale
sax US
Bobby Guyer
tr US
Oliver Mathewson
g US
Joe Quartell
tb US
Jim Burtch
tb US
Edmund Costanza
as US
Ed Bennett
tb US
Al Esposito
tb US
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
Dance Time - Forty ThreeWoody Herman And The Band That Plays The BluesCompil.
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To all the music fans that are contributing on Discogs, MusicBrainz and Wikipedia. Thanks to Franz Flückiger for providing Storygram used to visualize band membership and together with Stefan Guggisberg for the visual data mining application ArtistAnalytics.
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