Northwest Passage - Woody Herman And His Orchestra - Woodys Greatest
Label: Bellaphon - BI 15117 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band
Tags: jazz swing big band saxophone clarinet. Statistics:playslistners top track count. Music tracks:. Refresh tracks. Please like our facebook page! Already Like it! No, Thanks! Feedback fb tw gp vk. During his lifetime, he led some of the most exciting big bands of the twentieth century. His bands changed styles and approaches to jazz but still managed to keep their musical integrity.
Herman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a child he worked as a singer in vaudeville, then became a professional saxophone player at age When Isham Jones's band, of which Herman had been a member, broke up inhe formed his own band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, with some of his band mates.
This band became known for its orchestrations of the blues and was sometimes billed as "The Band That Plays The Blues". This popular swing band took off and was listed number three in the country in a popularity poll by Down Beat Magazine in This band recorded for the Decca label.
The band was first pinned "Herman's Herd" in a Martin band instrument advertisement in the same magazine on April 1, This band's music was heavily influenced by Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Northwest Passage - Woody Herman And His Orchestra - Woodys Greatest lively, swinging arrangements, combining bop themes with swing rhythm parts, were greatly admired; Igor Stravinsky wrote "Ebony Concerto" for this band. Other pieces for which the band was known include "Caldonia" and "Northwest Passage.
Herman was forced to disband the orchestra in Blues - Gert Wilden - Deutsche Filmkomponisten, Folge 2 the height of its success, his only financially successful band, to spend more time with his wife and family.
During this time, he and his family had just moved into the former Hollywood home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Another reason Herman may have disbanded was his wife Charlotte's growing problems with alcoholism and pill addiction.
In Herman organized the Second Herd and Watch The Children Pray - Metal Church - The Dark moved to the Capitol label. This band was also known as the Four Brothers band. He was known for hiring the best young musicians and using their arrangements. His band's book consequently came to be heavily influenced by rock and roll. By the s, Herman had returned to straight forward jazz, dropping some of the newer, even rock-oriented approaches.
A highlight of the nineteen seventies was the appearance of the Woody Herman orchestra with Frank Sinatra at Madison Square Garden for his "Main Event" television special and "Main Event" recording for Reprise records. He continued to perform into the s, chiefly to pay back taxes caused by an incompetent manager in the s.
When his health began to fail, he delegated most of his Northwest Passage - Woody Herman And His Orchestra - Woodys Greatest to leader of the reed section, Frank Tiberi, before his death in Tiberi leads the band in performances to this day. After the death of Herman, Charles Mingus, and other jazz greats, ASCAP created a retirement fund in to which artists were given the opportunity to fund their latter years when they no longer were recording artists.
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