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Woody Herman & The Herd

Band, US

American jazz ensemble in the late swing and early bebop era existing between midsummer 1944 and December 1946. This band was later better known as 'Woody Herman & The First Herd'. After the recording ban ended the Swing era in late 1944, and after he was driven to change his band due to the war years, Woody Herman finally created an ensemble, which was oriented towards the arising Bebop style. As a result, around August 1944, the soloists of Woody Herman And His Orchestra got called Woody Herman's (first) herd. This ensemble quickly was heaped praise by contemporary critics and went to be one of the most famous and successful big bands in the post war era. This was not only caused by artist replacements, but also with a strict change of arrangements. The most noticeable element of this stage of the band was a five-person trumpet ensemble, called "The Trumpet Section". The name itself is based on the name, George T. Simon used for the Herman orchestra in the early 1940's. On the maximum of success, Woody Herman dissolved the band in December 1946 due to personal and financial reasons.

PortraitBuddy Rich
dr 1917-1987 US
PortraitNeal Hefti
tr 1922-2008 US
PortraitWoody Herman
cl, as 1913-1987 US
PortraitBilly Bauer
g 1915-2005 US
PortraitDon Lamond
dr 1920-2003 US
PortraitTony Aless
p 1921-1979 US
PortraitMarky Markowitz
tr 1923-1986 US
PortraitJimmy Rowles
p 1918-1996 US
PortraitJoe Mondragon
b 1920-1987 US
PortraitFlip Phillips
ts, sax 1915-2001 US
PortraitJohn Barrows
frh, alp 1913-1974 US
PortraitChubby Jackson
b 1918-2003 US
PortraitAl Porcino
tr 1925-2013 DE
PortraitConte Candoli
tr 1927-2001 US
PortraitRalph Burns
p 1922-2001 US
PortraitPete Candoli
tr 1923-2008 US
PortraitConrad Gozzo
tr 1922-1964 US
PortraitRay Linn
tr 1920-1996 US
PortraitRed Norvo
vib 1908-1999 US
PortraitShorty Rogers
tr, fh 1924-1994 US
Sam Marowitz
as, sax
PortraitBill Harris
tb 1916-1973 US
PortraitDave Tough
dr 1907-1948 US
Chuck Peterson
tr 1915-1978 CA
Mary Ann McCall
voc 1919-1994 US
PortraitFrances Wayne
voc 1924-1978 US
Carl Warwick
Mickey Folus
PortraitFrank Carlson
dr, perc *1914
PortraitChuck Wayne
g 1923-1997 US
PortraitJohn Cave
Pete Mondello
ts, sax US
Charles Frankhauser
tr US
PortraitNeil Reid
tb US
PortraitMarjorie Hyams
vib 1920-2012 US
PortraitSonny Berman
tr 1925-1947 US
PortraitRay Wetzel
tr 1924-1951 US
Bill Shine
sax, as US
Skippy Desair
sax, bs US
Irv Lewis
tr US
Ralph Pfeffner
Ed Kiefer
Bob Peck
tr US
PortraitAllan Jones
voc 1907-1992 US
Stanley Chaloupka
hrp US
PortraitCappy Lewis
tr 1917-1991 US
PortraitAbe Rosen
hrp US
Lynne Stevens
voc US
Sam Rubinowitch
bs US
Billy Robbins
Dick Munson
tb, tr US
Bobby Guyer
tr US
Popular Tracks   
Four Brothers on The Essence of Woody Herman by Woody Herman
Opus De Funk And Theme (Blue Flame) on The World Of Swing by Various Artists

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Band Membership

Title Artist Year Type
1964Woody Herman & The Herd2005Album
At Carnegie Hall, 1946Woody Herman & The Herd1999Compil.
Woody Herman And The Herd At Carnegie HallWoody Herman & The Herd1999Compil.
Live in '45! Volume Two: Northwest PassageWoody Herman & The Herd1990Compil.
Woodchopper's Ball, Live in 44, Volume OneWoody Herman & The Herd1990Compil.
Juke BoxWoody Herman & The Herd1980Album
The Uncollected Woody Herman And His First Herd, 1944 Vol. II, The Old Gold Radio ShowsWoody Herman & The Herd1979Album
The 1945 Band In Hi-FiWoody Herman & The Herd1978Album
Live At Carnegie HallWoody Herman And His Woodchoppers & Woody Herman & The Herd1966Compil.
Blowin' Up A Storm!Woody Herman & The Herd1966Album
Here's To VeteransWoody Herman & The Herd / Gordon MacRae With Jo Stafford1963Album
Woody Herman And The Herd At Carnegie HallWoody Herman & The Herd1958Compil.
Summer SequenceWoody Herman & The Herd1958Compil.
At Carnegie Hall, 1946Woody Herman & The Herd1953Compil.
At Carnegie Hall, 1946 - Vol. IIWoody Herman & The Herd1952Album
At Carnegie Hall, 1946 - Vol. IWoody Herman & The Herd1952Album
Aimez-Vous Swing? - Lieben Sie Swing? - Do You Like Swing?Woody Herman & The HerdAlbum
At Carnegie Hall 1946 Vol. IIWoody Herman & The Herd, Red Norvo, Chubby Jackson, Flip Phillips, Bill Harris, Pete Candoli, Sonny BermanSingle
Battle Of The Bands, Vol. 1, TheWoody Herman & The Herd Vs. Harry James & His Music MakersCompil.
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