As the buzz about the Woody Herman big band grew, its leader told Philips producer Jack Tracy, "Don't give this one a number. Just call it 'the Swingin' Herd.'"
Pete Candoli, a trumpeter whose Superman-caped solos with the Woody Herman orchestra captured the exuberance of the swing era, has passed away at the age of 84.
As expected, many more Oscar Peterson articles and tributes have appeared in the past two days. Here are a few of them:Lots of love and spirited dissension in this Organissimo discussion…
Trumpeter Sonny Berman died at the age of 21 in 1947, leaving behind only a few brilliant solos, most of them recorded with Woody Herman's big band.
As the swing era gave way to new and challenging sounds, a generation of bandleaders was forced to take notice.
Mary Ann McCall, whom Johnny Mandel once called “the greatest of all the big band singers,” is a secret heroine of American jazz vocal music. Little-known today, and not widely recorded during even the most active periods of her career, she has sometimes…